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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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Wallace found guilty in 2010 Berkeley murder

Yellow tags marked the location of evidence at the 2010 shooting scene. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel After less than two full days of deliberation, an Alameda County Superior Court jury found Brandon Wallace guilty Monday morning of first-degree murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in a 2010 Berkeley double shooting that has been slow to […]

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Defense attorney: Berkeley detectives ‘rushed to judgment’ in murder case arrest

Yellow tags marked the location of evidence at the 2010 shooting scene. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel A Berkeley murder trial launched Monday morning with the attorney for defendant Brandon Wallace arguing that investigators were too quick to zero in on him when he showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound after a fatal shooting […]

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Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2010 murder case

Carroll, seen here in jail, in 2011. His social media accounts have remained active during his incarceration. Photo: Coleon Carroll/FB One of two men charged in a fatal shooting in 2010 outside a Berkeley barbershop, which left a second man critically injured, entered a no contest plea this week in connection with a lesser charge just before the case […]

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San Leandro man to face murder, gang charges after 2013 Berkeley killing

Photo: Krishna Ferreira, via Facebook Update: On April 14, 2017, Krishna Ferreira was convicted of voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to serve his time in San Quentin State Prison and will be eligible for parole in August 2025, according to prison records online. Original story: A 24-year-old San Leandro man […]

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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. […]