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Posted inCrime & Safety

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 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

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. […]

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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 […]