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October 2012 Archives

Oakland man charged with sex crimes

A 26-year-old Oakland man is accused of sex crimes stemming from alleged intercourse with a 14-year-old relative in Napa. The man allegedly impregnated the girl, who ended up reporting the pregnancy and the birth of a child to social services. Last month, the state added to the August charges the special charges of committing a lewd act on a child and causing great bodily injury. The suspect has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The judge ordered him on Oct. 4 to stand trial after a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 1. He remains free pending the trial.

Judge orders mental examination in Oakland homicide trial

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has suspended proceedings against a former nursing student standing trial for the homicide of seven people and wounding of three others. His attorney expressed doubts of the man's mental competency. The judge agreed, and the accused will be examined by two psychiatrists before returning to trial in November. Proceedings will continue then if the defendant is declared mentally competent. Prosecutors have not decided whether or not they will seek the death penalty.The defendant has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of murder and three attempted murders and is currently being held without bail. The attacks occurred at Oikos University in East Oakland in April. He is being held in Dublin at Santa Rita Jail.

Suspect shot by police and charged with aggravated assault

Police believe that a fatal shooting last month of a 20-year-old and a shootout with police that wounded the deceased's alleged revenge-seeking friend could be related to gang crimes in the Mission District of San Francisco. Two men are under arrest on homicide charges in connection with the original shooting.The Mission District erupted into protests for two nights following the police shooting of a 22-year old who, according to police, had armed himself with an assault pistol to seek revenge for the killing of his friend. The suspect pointed the weapon at a police officer who confronted him. The police officer shot the armed suspect.

Ruling on California genetic sampling ahead

Criminal defense attorneys will be watching to see how the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on a case challenging the right of police in California to take genetic samples for DNA testing from people arrested on felony charges. The state claims it has helped law enforcement identify 10,000 suspects in the past five years. The American Civil Liberties Union calls it a threat to individual privacy.Genetic sampling is not new to California. DNA collection has been part of the routine processing of convicted felons since 1998. The ACLU is not challenging the right of states to take samples when a criminal case ends in a felony conviction. The ACLU's position is that not every felony charge ends with a conviction. A felony charge may end in a dismissal or a reduction to misdemeanor charges.

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