The boyfriend of an L.A. business manager to celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with her murder. 

Jason Barker, 49, appeared at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday for arraignment in the murder of his girlfriend Angela Kukawski, 55, who was found dead in the trunk of her car in the Simi Valley suburb on December 23, only a day after she was reported missing.

Barker allegedly tortured Kukawski with a knife and firearm before he brutally murdered her and drove around with her body in the back of the vehicle.

A Ventura County coroner reported that Kukawski died from sharp and blunt force injuries to the head and neck and strangulation, which they ruled a homicide.

Barker was arrested on December 28 and booked into Van Nuys Jail where he was charged with murder and torture and is being held on a $3 million bond. 

He appeared in court on Wednesday sitting behind a glass screen, wearing a yellow jumpsuit and white face mask, and spoke only to confirm his identity and be read his rights. His next court appearance is February 23.   

Jason Barker, 49, was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on a murder charge after he allegedly killed his LA business manager girlfriend Angela Kukawski, 55, who was found dead in the trunk of her car on December 23

Jason Barker, 49, was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on a murder charge after he allegedly killed his LA business manager girlfriend Angela Kukawski, 55, who was found dead in the trunk of her car on December 23

Jason Barker, 49, was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on a murder charge after he allegedly killed his LA business manager girlfriend Angela Kukawski, 55, who was found dead in the trunk of her car on December 23

Barker allegedly tortured Kukawski with a knife and firearm before he murdered her and stuffed her in the back of a car

Barker allegedly tortured Kukawski with a knife and firearm before he murdered her and stuffed her in the back of a car

Barker allegedly tortured Kukawski with a knife and firearm before he murdered her and stuffed her in the back of a car

He appeared in court on Wednesday and spoke only to confirm his identity and be read his rights. He is set to be arraigned until February 23.

He appeared in court on Wednesday and spoke only to confirm his identity and be read his rights. He is set to be arraigned until February 23.

He appeared in court on Wednesday and spoke only to confirm his identity and be read his rights. He is set to be arraigned until February 23. 

Kukawski's body was said to have been found in the trunk of a car in the LA suburb of Simi Valley at the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue

Kukawski's body was said to have been found in the trunk of a car in the LA suburb of Simi Valley at the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue

Kukawski’s body was said to have been found in the trunk of a car in the LA suburb of Simi Valley at the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue 

The mother-of-five worked at Boulevard Management in Woodland Hills, which specialized in ‘financial management services to entertainers, athletes, and high-net worth individuals,’ according to their site.   

‘We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,’ Todd Bozick of Boulevard Management had said in a statement to Variety. 

‘Angie was a kind, wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.’   

As manager, she worked with celebrity clients such as the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj. 

She had also worked with the Tupac Shukar estate as well as Kanye West and OffSet.   

Kukawski's former celebrity clients included the Kardashians who offered their condolences to their late manager

Kukawski's former celebrity clients included the Kardashians who offered their condolences to their late manager

Kukawski’s former celebrity clients included the Kardashians who offered their condolences to their late manager

Kukawski also represented rapper Nicki Minaj

Kukawski also represented rapper Nicki Minaj

Minaj paid tribute to her former manager on social media

Minaj paid tribute to her former manager on social media

Rapper Nicki Minaj also paid tribute to her former manager on social media 

Kukawski also represented celebs such as Kanye West (right) as well as Offset and the Tupac Shakur estate

Kukawski also represented celebs such as Kanye West (right) as well as Offset and the Tupac Shakur estate

Kukawski also represented celebs such as Kanye West (right) as well as Offset and the Tupac Shakur estate 

‘Angela was truly the best,’ the Kardashian-Jenner family wrote in a statement to DailyMail.com. ‘She cared about everyone of us and made things happen that were impossible. 

‘She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time.’  

Minaj had also posted to social media to pay tribute to her manager. 

‘Hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you could ever know,’ Minaj wrote. 

‘You didn’t deserve this, Angela. My heart is breaking for your children. Rest in peace.’ 

‘We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,’ Todd Bozick of Boulevard Management said in a statement to Variety. 

‘Angie was a kind, wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.’ 

LAPD officers arrested Barker on December 28 on charges of murder and torture

LAPD officers arrested Barker on December 28 on charges of murder and torture

LAPD officers arrested Barker on December 28 on charges of murder and torture

Source: dailymail

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