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

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 Horner, defense attorney Deborah Levy urged the jury not […]

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Prosecutor: Berkeley killing sparked ‘rampage of violence’ that left little girl dead

The shooter rang the doorbell, then straightened out his arms as he held the pistol in front of him with both hands. He waited for the doorknob to move and heard a little girl ask, “Who is it?” As the knob began to turn, he opened fire, pointing slightly downward. Thirteen bullets pierced the metal security door, scattering […]

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1 held to answer in murder of ‘Lil Tone’

Anthony Medearis’ aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court over the past week. Photo: Emilie Raguso Update, Jan. 17: Berkeleyside has been informed by a relative of murder victim Anthony Medearis III that the Alameda County district attorney’s office plans to seek the death penalty in the case against Darnell Williams Jr. […]

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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. […]

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Breaking: Police announce arrest in Berkeley homicide

Jermaine Davis, via YouTube Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for the shooting death last July of 26-year-old Jermaine “Third” Davis of Berkeley. In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police said they have arrested Antiown Ramon York, 25, of Pittsburg on suspicion […]