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Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley killings get spotlight in death penalty case

A memorial lanyard showing Anthony “Tone” Medearis III. Photo: Emilie Raguso A memorial lanyard showing Anthony “Tone” Medearis III. Photo: Emilie Raguso One month into the trial of a Berkeley man charged with two murders, who could face the death penalty, his defense attorneys are slated to begin to present evidence to the jury Monday. Darnell Williams […]

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Newly found photo could bolster prosecution’s case in Berkeley-Oakland death penalty trial

Darnell Williams Jr. mugshot, courtesy of NBC Bay Area A Berkeley man facing multiple murder charges may have inadvertently tipped off the prosecution to a notable piece of evidence by insisting he get access to material on his old cellphone. Police had confiscated the phone of Darnell Williams Jr. at the time of his arrest in Berkeley […]

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Judge orders Williams trial to continue after defendant threatens suicide, violence

Darnell Williams Jr. mugshot, courtesy of NBC Bay Area After an unexpected series of events, an Alameda County Superior Court judge offered to lend his own clean underwear, trousers and socks to a defendant standing trial for multiple murders. Testimony was slated to resume at 9:30 Monday morning in the Darnell Williams Jr. case, but was postponed for […]

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Years on, Alaysha Carradine killing is still haunting

Alaysha Carradine, courtesy of family As testimony began Tuesday in the Darnell Williams Jr. murder trial, veteran first responders were overcome by emotion on the stand as they recalled the 8-year-old girl fatally shot during a sleepover in 2013, and the courtroom was captivated by the sweetness of the little girl who survived the violence. Most of the adults who […]

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Defense says lack of evidence will cast doubt in double murder trial

Darnell Williams Jr. Photo: Courtesy of NBC Bay Area Unreliable statements and a lack of evidence will show the jury Darnell Williams Jr. did not commit the two killings, in Berkeley and Oakland, for which he is standing trial this week, his defense attorney said Tuesday morning. In her brief opening statements, before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey […]

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Breaking: Case dismissed in Jermaine Davis homicide

“Twanny” York, via Facebook “Twanny” York, via Facebook Charges have been dropped in the case against a Pittsburg man accused of shooting a 26-year-old Berkeley man to death last summer. Wednesday at 10 a.m., an Alameda County Superior Court judge agreed to drop the charges against 26-year-old Antiown “Twanny” York, and said he could go home. […]