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Multiple shootings in the Oakland area

Two murders took place within four hours of each other on the night of Dec. 7 in the Oakland area. That Saturday, there was another apparent murder near Jack London Square.

A woman, who as pronounced dead at the scene, was shot in her home on Longfellow Avenue. Her boyfriend, who lived with her and fathered one of her children, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Police report that he called and admitted to killing his girlfriend. The couple argued prior to the shooting and had a history of domestic violence.

The second shooting on Friday occurred near 16th Street and Seminary Avenue. Two men, ages 39 and 53, left a party and got in the older man's car. A gunman opened fire on the men. The 39-year-old man died of his wounds at the scene; the 53-year-old man survived the shooting and is in the hospital in critical condition. At this time, there is no motive or suspects in the shootings. On Saturday afternoon, a third possible homicide was reported when the body of a 24-year-old man was found. He had suffered gunshot wounds.

Murder is a capital crime. It can carry penalties that can lead to life in prison with or without parole or even the death penalty. Defense of homicide charges requires an experienced attorney who can offer a complex array of litigation techniques to protect the interests of the defendant. In some mitigating circumstances, charges can be lowered and plea bargains made that could lessen prison time. For example, the suspects in the shootings may have been acting in self defense. A defense attorney can explain what options you have when facing murder.

Source: Mercury News.com, "Woman celebrating daughter's birthday, man sitting in car slain in separate shootings," Harry Harris, Dec. 12, 2012

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