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Posted inCrime & Safety

Judge upholds death verdict in Berkeley-Oakland murders

Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony “Tone” Medearis, 22, were both killed in fatal shootings in 2013. Photos: Courtesy of family Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony “Tone” Medearis, 22, were both killed in fatal shootings in 2013. Photos: Courtesy of family Wednesday afternoon, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered convicted double murderer Darnell Williams Jr. […]

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Jury recommends death in double murder case

Relatives of Anthony Medearis III and Alaysha Carradine thanked members of the district attorney’s office, including prosecutor John Brouhard (left) after the verdict came in. Photo: Emilie Raguso Relatives of Anthony Medearis III and Alaysha Carradine thanked members of the district attorney’s office, including prosecutor John Brouhard (left) after the verdict came in. Photo: Emilie […]

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Jury to begin deliberations in murder trial of ‘psychopath’

Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony “Tone” Medearis, 22, were murdered by Darnell Williams Jr. in fatal shootings in 2013. Photos: Courtesy of family Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony “Tone” Medearis, 22, were murdered by Darnell Williams Jr. in fatal shootings in 2013. Photos: Courtesy of family In closing statements Tuesday in the murder trial of Darnell Williams Jr., attorneys […]

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Williams decides not to testify; defense rests

Rene C. Davidson Courthouse. Photo: Melati Citrawireja After suddenly announcing Wednesday that convicted murderer Darnell Williams Jr. would testify on his own behalf, the defense team backtracked Thursday morning with the brief announcement that it would instead rest its case. The disappointment in the courtroom was palpable, as relatives and supporters of Williams’ two murder […]

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Breaking: Convicted murderer says he’ll take the stand

Darnell Williams Jr. mugshot. Photo: ACSO Minutes after a forensic psychologist described the extensive and longstanding impulse-control problems exhibited by convicted murderer Darnell Williams Jr., he suddenly announced through his attorneys that he plans to take the stand in his own defense. His attorneys said it wasn’t the first time they had discussed the subject, but were […]

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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. […]

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2 testify in Berkeley murder hearing against Oakland man

Anthony Medearis’ aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court this week. Photo: Emilie Raguso The 7-year-old nephew of a man charged with killing Berkeley father Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis III in September reluctantly took the stand in a hearing Tuesday to determine whether a trial against Medearis’ accused killer can proceed. […]