Five-time felon charged with murder of Berkeley woman

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Police found the body of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter of Berkeley in an apartment in East Oakland on Dec. 28. Image source: Google Maps

A 34-year-old Berkeley man who was on parole for a 2010 assault on his mother has been charged with the stabbing death on Friday of a Berkeley woman in her 20s, according to authorities and media reports.

Jamaal Anthony Prince was arraigned Monday, and charged with killing 26-year-old Jennifer Kingeter early Friday in an East Oakland apartment, according to the Oakland Tribune. Police told the Tribune she was a ballet student.

Jessica Kingeter, via Facebook
Jessica Kingeter, via Facebook

Kingeter, who went by the name “Jessica,” lived in Berkeley and had attended school in Albany when she was younger. She had recently been hired at a salon in Albany as a hair stylist, according to the salon’s website. (No one at the salon was available for comment Thursday afternoon.)

According to the Tribune, Kingeter was found in Oakland on Friday at about 2:30 a.m. “in a second-floor apartment at 5800 Walnut St., a building where police said a friend of Prince’s lived. Prince, who had cuts to his hands, was at the apartment when police arrived and was later arrested.”


The Oakland Police Department has not been available for comment.

Jamaal Prince, via Facebook
Jamaal Prince, via Facebook

According to the complaint filed by the Alameda County district attorney’s office, Prince was convicted in 2010 in Alameda County for assault likely to cause great bodily injury, and was sent to prison.

This followed a 2008 conviction in Alameda County for vandalism; a 1999 felony conviction in Alameda County for possession of a firearm by a felon; a 1996 felony conviction in Alameda County for grand theft; and a 2008 felony conviction in Stanislaus County for leaving the scene of a traffic accident resulting in death or permanent or serious injury.

Prince is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m. in Oakland, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.


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