The complex case surrounding the death of a Monte Sereno businessman continues to move toward a trial. Four people are currently accused of involvement in his death during a home invasion last year. The newest suspect, a 22-year-old Alameda woman, is charged as an accessory to murder. She pleaded not guilty to the charges on Feb. 14 and is being held on a $1 million bond.It is believed the businessman died of asphyxiation after being gagged and blindfolded during the course of the home invasion on Nov. 30, 2012. The Santa Clara County District Attorney is using this as the basis for saying the actions of the accused parties caused the businessman's death. The other three suspects are facing a variety of felony counts, including murder, false imprisonment and robbery.
A 40-year-old Cocolalla man was extradited and returned to California from another state on a warrant involving first-degree murder charges. He is being held without bond in San Bernardino County. The man is accused of killing two men in 1995 whose remains have never been found. The crime is alleged to have happened when the extradited man and an accomplice offered to sell ephedrine to the two missing men. Ephedrine is an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, and it is contended that selling them the drug was actually a ruse to rob the two men. Since the two were never seen after they left to meet with the extradited man and his accomplice, it is alleged that he and his partner killed them.
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.
A California man is facing a charge of murder after he allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended when his car broadsided a vehicle with two occupants inside, a girl and her mother. The girl was killed in the crash and her mother received serious injuries. The 45-year-old man who was charged with murder also faces a charge of felony evading an officer causing injury.
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.