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Man held to answer in Berkeley murder, carjacking case

A 20-year-old man accused of murder with special circumstances was ordered Wednesday morning by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to face nearly all of the charges filed against him as the case moves ahead to trial.

Judge Rhonda Burgess dismissed one count and one special circumstance related to rape allegations, and said the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to support those charges.

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Authorities: Man admitted to killing, tried to bargain with God, in secret recording by Berkeley police

Left alone in the back of a police car, authorities say an 18-year-old man arrested after the stabbing of a 72-year-old woman in South Berkeley in 2014 confessed to killing “the old lady” and told God he did not want to go to jail for life. Unbeknownst to him, his statements were recorded by Berkeley […]

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Witnesses to fatal Berkeley attack did not see killer’s face

An Alameda County Superior Court judge is expected to decide this week whether the case against a former Berkeley Technology Academy student charged with murder and other serious crimes will continue on to trial. Kamau Berlin, then 18, was arrested Sept. 19, 2014, after a brief police chase about a block from where 72-year-old Nancy McClellan had been […]

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Teen now faces murder, attempted rape and robbery charges in McClellan killing in South Berkeley

The Alameda County district attorney’s office on Friday charged 18-year-old Kamau Berlin with murder in the stabbing death of 72-year-old Nancy McClellan in South Berkeley in September. Berlin — a B-Tech student — also has been charged with attempted rape, attempted robbery and attempted carjacking, as well as elder abuse resulting in death. He appeared in court Friday morning, […]

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Woman killed in South Berkeley remembered as artist, humorist, lover of plants and pets

On Russell Street a tree is blooming. Tibetan prayer flags are strung across its branches in a rainbow of color. White paper tags that flutter, holding messages of hope and healing, are its blossoms. Looking closer, one might notice laminated photographs and Buddhist passages hanging from the boughs, bouquets of flowers at its base. The tree stands […]

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Emeryville woman dies weeks after Berkeley stabbing

A 72-year-old woman who was stabbed in South Berkeley in September has died after nearly three weeks in medical care, according to authorities. Nancy Jo McClellan of Emeryville died Wednesday at approximately 2:30 a.m., said Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood. McClellan remained in the ICU following the stabbing, and died in a Berkeley care facility where […]

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18-year-old arrested in stabbing of 72-year-old woman

A teenager from Richmond was arrested after a stabbing in Berkeley on Friday afternoon that left a 72-year-old woman in critical condition. The woman remained in a local hospital for treatment as of Monday, according to a police statement released just after 2 p.m. Friday, police arrested 18-year-old Kamau Berlin near the scene of the attack, but his […]