New details emerge in stabbing of Berkeley woman

Jessica Kingeter, left, with cousin Cindy Burgos. The Berkeley woman killed last Friday in an East Oakland apartment complex loved cooking, ballet dancing and styling hair, family members said. Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Burgos

Jessica Kingeter, left, with cousin Cindy Burgos. Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Burgos

The five-time felon charged in the stabbing death of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter was found at the scene of her killing naked and covered in blood with a knife nearby, according to authorities.

Last week, police arrested Jamaal Prince, 34, of Berkeley in Kingeter’s death. He was charged Monday, Dec. 31, with murder, and is set to appear in court to enter a plea this coming Monday.

According to court documents, police found Prince “at the scene of a homicide naked, covered in blood in close proximity to a bloody knife.” Police said Prince was treated at Highland Hospital for several cuts to his hands, and was then “cleared for incarceration.”

Police said, in the declaration of probable cause for Prince’s arrest, that he waived his rights during the police interview, and “confessed to stabbing the victim multiple times.”

According to Oakland Police Department Sgt. Christopher Bolton, police received a call to an apartment complex at 5800 Walnut St. in East Oakland at about 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

The call, reporting that a man had been stabbed on Walnut, was transfered to police from the Oakland Fire Department’s dispatch center, he said.

When police arrived, they found Prince, who had wounds on his hands. They also found Kingeter, who was unresponsive and suffering from apparent stab wounds in a nearby apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police earlier told the Oakland Tribune that Kingeter and Prince were acquaintances, and that her body was found in an apartment belonging to a friend of Prince’s. (Family members have said Kingeter did not know Prince previously.)

According to the Tribune: Police “said Prince and Kingeter were acquaintances but he did not know how long they had known each other. The stabbing ended a dispute the two had had, but police would not say what it was over.”

Bolton said Friday that he was unable to confirm that level of detail both because that information was not readily available, and also to protect the on-going nature of the investigation.

Prior convictions didn’t count as strikes

Jamaal Prince, via Facebook

Jamaal Prince, via Facebook

Many community members have wondered how it was that a five-time felon, convicted in 2010 of an attack on his mother causing great bodily injury, would already have been released from prison.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Prince was released on Sept. 1 after being sentenced to five years and eight months in prison in November 2010. Prince served his sentence, and received “day for day” credit for time served, said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the department. That means, essentially, that he received a day of credit for every day of good behavior while he was incarcerated.

The length of the sentence is based on state law, said Sessa, and credit is given both to encourage inmates to behave and to make prison safer for inmates and staff.

“That’s not the same as being released early,” he said. “It’s being released according to the way the statute tells us to administer the sentence. It depends on the crime and it depends on when someone was convicted. Sentencing laws change all the time.”

According to the Alameda County district attorney’s office, none of Prince’s prior felony convictions were serious enough, under the state criminal code, to count toward the state’s “three strikes” law, which can result in a sentence of 25 years to life for people convicted of three or more serious offenses.

Assistant district attorney Micheal O’Connor said specific crimes are defined by law as “serious” or “violent,” and Prince’s prior convictions did not fall into these categories.

“We don’t charge ‘three strikes’ lightly in Alameda County,” said O’Connor. “But if it was eligible, as in a murder, we would definitely charge it.”

Prince’s most recent conviction, in 2010, was for an assault likely to cause great bodily injury; but the assault did not count as a strike, said O’Connor, because it involved just force, and not what is defined as a deadly weapon.

His last conviction

According to a 2010 news report during Prince’s trial in that case, authorities said Prince tried to choke his mother, Jacqueline Stewart, while he was “high on drugs” and ranting to himself. In a 911 call recorded during the incident “Prince can be heard telling his mother that she is going to die and Stewart is heard screaming for help,” according to a 2010 Oakland Tribune article.

According to the story, Prince’s mother gave a similar version of the attack to police initially, but later “recanted her statement and downplayed the events” after she learned her son had been charged with three felonies that could send him to prison for nine years.

According to a man who identified himself as Kingeter’s father in a comment on Berkeleyside, the Alameda County coroner’s office released the young woman’s body to her family on Friday.

Related:
Five-time felon charged with murder of Berkeley woman [01.03.13]

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  • bgal4

    Yet it is not uncommon. A friend was murdered over a $20 drug debt. The 19 year old convicted of the crime was sentenced to 6 years, but did not serve the full time as usual.

  • guest

    *dropping out of this silly exchange*

  • Anonymous to avoid attack

    I, like all caring, sentient beings, consider the murder of Jessica Kingeter to be a senseless tragedy. I am also angered and appalled to learn what Alameda County consider strikes for the three-strikes law, appalled that violence towards humans does not necessarily trigger a strike. I want violent criminals to be both punished and given a meaningful chance at rehabilitation so they might not be recidivists and might actually contribute to society in the future. If that sounds like a bleeding heart liberal, so be it.

    I keep reading, however, all over the internet, that the USA incarcerates more people in prisons than any other country in the world, and that quite a lot of USA incarceration is not for violent crimes against persons. It is also expensive to incarcerate humans and very costly to society toi not provide meaningful rehab while in prison.

    It also disturbs me deeply that the percentge of incarcerated Americans that are male AFrican Americans is extremely high, and that data, including some admittedly anecdotal data, suggests that the primary rason African AMerican males are incarcerated at higher rates than non-African American males is racist. We have racist school systems that do not provide educational opportunities to blacks at the same rate. We have racist job trianing programs that do not give equal opportunity to blacks, esp. black males.

    As heartsick as I am about this young woman’s death, I am also heartsick to read calls for more incarcertation. This country already incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world and this does not seem to be serving us. Howsabout trying some new approaches like providing good educations for all, good funding for job training for all, reducing our bloated military industrial complex and investing in education, training and infrastructure jobs with good old fashioned affirmation action so the good jobs don’t just go to the lucky white folks?

    Calling for more prisons and jail sentences will not bring this young woman back. Better interventionso for her murderer might have prevented her tragic death and saved her murderer’s life as well.

    Now all the knee-jerk reactionaries and villify me here.

  • anonymous

    Emily, I think your comment reflects both compassion and an insightful observation that property crimes seem to be given more serious punitive attention than crimes against bodys that do not end in violence. Does that mean that as a culture we value property or human safety? It would seem so. Thanks for your comment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QF3ISA26NELPK2NXX5CBPGAJRI vinnie

    I grew up in both Canada and the states. They are so different. No comparison. Canadians have absolutely no tolerance for violence. Penalties are sure to be carried out. In the states they let dangerous felons rotate through over and over. I’ve known people who were killed by recidivists. America tolerates far more obnoxious behaviour. Canada does not have the cities of poverty the states does. Reservations are similar to black ghettos and barrios, but are 1/100th the size and scope. Canadians have much more confidence in government. Where I live in CA no one calls the cops – for anything. It’s more like Mexico here. Much more likelihood the cops are dirty in Los Angeles.
    Canada had no Vietnam war or heroin mafia taking over numerous cities – overlooked and left to grow by activist prosecutors and judges in the 60s and 70s – tossing out convictions on minor technicalities in search warrant nomenclature. Fear was unleashed in American cities. Canadians have no experience of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QF3ISA26NELPK2NXX5CBPGAJRI vinnie

    I believe the crime wave dropped since the 1968 spike, because its goals were achieved. The democrats beyond a doubt, secured their hold on the cities. The terror of crime, mugging, home invasion, random shooting, maddogging of your kids, finally drove a whole segment of conservative voters out of the cities. Now the rainbow gang has the controls.

  • bgal4

    tell it!

  • PragmaticProgressive

    I’m not going to attack you, but I will take issue with your argument. I hope you realize that attacking an argument is not the same thing as attacking the person making it.

    The murderer — he’s admitted the crime, so I will dispense with “alleged” — in this case went to Berkeley High and then to Berkeley City College. Neither of those could be remotely construed as “racist school systems.” To the contrary, “closing the achievement” is Priority Number One at BUSD, so much so that it ignores some of its other (non-AA) students’ needs. There is probably no school system in America that tries harder to reach AA students and had this guy wanted to, he could have had it all. He was one of the lucky ones, with the resources of one of the most generously funded school districts in California ready to take him as far as his drive and determination would permit.

    But, he made a different choice — a whole series of them — and now a young woman is dead by his hands. A lengthy and unpleasant incarceration is definitely what he deserves if he did what he says he did.

    It’s true that we incarcerate people for acts that shouldn’t be crimes at all, such as marijuana-related crimes. But murder, up close and personal, with a knife, used repeatedly — this guy’s the wrong poster boy for your cause.

  • Caliallye

    Those of you so frightened as to claim not printing his picture is a racial PC “whitewash” (interesting term) that endangers innocent people: WAKE UP! He was already being held! Not printing his picture endangered NO ONE! Furthermore, Jessica’s family and friends are interracial; if you really are “sorry for her loss,” stop disrespecting us. As for “PC crap,” thanks, that’s really comforting. It takes a lot if courage to stand by your convictions, and, FOR THE LOVE OF JESSI, they are. This is a HUMAN Those of you so frightened as to claim not printing his picture is a racial PC “whitewash” (interesting term, that) that endangers innocent people: wake up! He was already being held! nprinting his picture endsngered NO ONE! Furthermore, Jessica’s family and friends are interracial; if you really are “sorry for her loss,” stop disrespecting us. As for “PC crap,” thanks, that’s really comforting. It takes a lot if courage to stand by your convictions, and, FOR THE LOVE OF JESSIE, they are.
    This is a HUMAN problem; STOP SCARING YOURSELF! Act like a member of HOMO SAPIENS: a WISE HUMAN! That will help everyone.

  • Theprincefamily

    On behalf of the Prince Family, we are truly sorry about the outcome of events that transpired with Jennifer Kingeter. In no way did Jamaal want this to happen. Jamaal is being charged with murder, not because of what he did, but because he is a African American man with mistakes in his past. Jamaal is currently in custody, awaiting surgery on his right hand for the numerous defensive wounds he sustained from the attach. Those are not the only wounds he sustained. Jamaal also sustained stab wounds to his chest and back, his upper thighs, which required stitches and other bodily injuries that has not been reported. Jessica has a boyfriend which has yet been identified in any of the reports, but he has an Instagram account (a1erythang), which is what connected Jamaal to Jennifer. Her boyfriend called her and had her come pick up him and Jamaal from downtown Berkeley. She picked them up and drove them to Jamaal’s house at the 5800 block of Walnut. Details about hat started the altercation is still unclear, but Jessica and her boyfriend attacked Jamaal with a knife. Jamaal tried to defend himself, and as a result Jennifer sustained an injury that ended her life. Any one of the wounds that Jamaal sustained could have ended his life. On June 29, 2007 our cousin Shelton Dominick was murder by him girlfriend by one stab wound that hit a vital organ and as a result he died on the old streets of Oakland, CA alone, bleeding to death internally. The woman went on the run for 3 months and when she turned herself in, she was released 48 hours later because of mistakes in Shelton Dominick’s past. Jamaal did not run, he felt his actions were justified, and he called the authorities and waited on the scene for them. This has been a difficult time or both families. Jennifer is not the only one that has been taken away from her family. Jamaal is being portrayed in the media as a wild animal that was accidentally released from his cage and that is farthest from the truth. Jamaal made mistakes in the past, and as a result, served every day sentenced to him in jail. He was never convicted for an assault on his mother, her life was never in jeopardy. She did not recant her statement, nor did she know how much time Jamaal was facing. Jamaal was tried in front of 12 members of the jury, the jury of our peers and was found not guilty. He has never received a strike for any of his crimes, because he was never convicted of a crime that warranted a strike. He is a man, sitting in jail, found guilty until proven innocent. Jamaal is not the man that the media is portraying him to be. Kingeter was not murdered in cold blood, the tragic events accrued because of her actions. He had trouble in his past, but in no way should an innocent man be tried for murder for his past indiscretions. Prince has done each day of his time for his past crimes and since his release, was well on his way to becoming a better son, father and brother. Prince was released from prison because he had shown thru his actions that he was a better man than the one that was sentenced. Please keep all comments regarding this case to yourselves. None of you were then when the incident occurred, so to try a man in public is really against the law. Until he is proven guilty, unless you were there, he is an innocent man. His mother sends her condolences to the Kingeter family. She also would like for the public to not prosecute her son in public, if you want to speak to her, leave your contact information and she will respond. We as a family are going to be by jamaal’s side, no matter what the outcome, but protecting yourself is not a crime, and we have faith in the justice system and GOD, so we are absolutely positive that Jamaal will not be convicted of the crime the public seems to have already convicted him of.

  • Howie Mencken

    This is why we have trials to determine guilt or innocence. How to punish the guilty is a separate debate.

  • Guest

    Oh really? I can understand that you are upset about what happened, but you aren’t doing yourself or Jamaal any favors with this post. Let’s look at some of the strange statements:

    “Jamaal is being charged with murder, not because of what he did, but because he is a African American man with mistakes in his past” He is being charged with murder, apparently because he was found covered with blood and admitted to the police that he killed Ms. Kingeter. Are you saying that things would have been different if he weren’t African American? I doubt it. And those “mistakes in his past”. Do you mean crimes he committed? You make it sound as if they were just things he did by accident. Is he or isn’t he responsible for his own actions?

    “Those are not the only wounds he sustained…Jessica has a boyfriend…She picked them up and drove them to Jamaal’s house…” And you know all of this how? Did Jamaal tell you that? Who and where is the boyfriend?

    “Details about hat started the altercation is still unclear…” If you know all the rest of this stuff, why don’t you know that?

    “Jamaal tried to defend himself, and as a result Jennifer sustained an injury that ended her life” In other words, he killed her? Who told you that?

    “…our cousin Shelton Dominick was murder by him girlfriend…she was released 48 hours later because of mistakes in Shelton Dominick’s past” What were those “mistakes” in his past? Were they crimes, like Jamaal’s “mistakes”? What was he doing to the woman when she stabbed him? Your family sounds interesting.

    “Jennifer is not the only one that has been taken away from her family” As far as I know, she is the only one in this incident who was stabbed to death – are you comparing her problem to Jamaal’s?

    “Jamaal made mistakes in the past” You mean, he committed crimes. Those crimes harmed other people, do you understand that?

    “He was never convicted for an assault on his mother, her life was never in jeopardy” That seems to conflict with public records.

    “Prince has done each day of his time for his past crimes and since his release, was well on his way to becoming a better son, father and brother” Until the other day.

    “None of you were then when the incident occurred, so to try a man in public is really against the law.” But you weren’t there either, were you? He isn’t being tried in this forum, but he will be tried in public – and fairly I expect.

    “Until he is proven guilty, unless you were there, he is an innocent man.” He will get a fair trial. But until then, and after that, the rest of us as free people are entitled to make our own judgments about him. He sounds like a monster.

    It takes a special kind of person to stab a woman to death. And it takes a special kind of family to come up with all of the excuses you have given here. You can tell it all to the judge at the sentencing hearing.

  • bgal4

    Why was Jessica found in the apt next door?

  • Theprincefamily

    Oh really? I can understand that you are upset about what happened, but you aren’t doing yourself or Jamaal any favors with this post. Let’s look at some of the strange statements:

    “Jamaal is being charged with murder, not because of what he did, but because he is a African American man with mistakes in his past” He is being charged with murder, apparently because he was found covered with blood and admitted to the police that he killed Ms. Kingeter. Are you saying that things would have been different if he weren’t African American? I doubt it. And those “mistakes in his past”. Do you mean crimes he committed? You make it sound as if they were just things he did by accident. Is he or isn’t he responsible for his own actions?

    ~He was not “found”. He called the police because he was being attacked. He was covered in HIS blood from the multiple defense wounds from Jennifer Kingeter. I mean what I posted, you can interpret it as you like, the statement were his facts since the media seems to be reporting only her side.~

    “Those are not the only wounds he sustained…Jessica has a boyfriend…She picked them up and drove them to Jamaal’s house…” And you know all of this how? Did Jamaal tell you that? Who and where is the boyfriend?

    ~I am related to Jamaal so all the information came from him~

    “Details about hat started the altercation is still unclear…” If you know all the rest of this stuff, why don’t you know that?

    ~Jamaal has not entered a plea, so the public will have to wait to obtain any information that he feels will jeopardize his defense. His facts that he is comfortable in releasing are in the statement~

    “Jamaal tried to defend himself, and as a result Jennifer sustained an injury that ended her life” In other words, he killed her? Who told you that?

    ~As per the statement, Jamaal was trying to protect himself from them. Jamaal told me that~

    “…our cousin Shelton Dominick was murder by him girlfriend…she was released 48 hours later because of mistakes in Shelton Dominick’s past” What were those “mistakes” in his past? Were they crimes, like Jamaal’s “mistakes”? What was he doing to the woman when she stabbed him? Your family sounds interesting.

    ~He was not doing anything to the woman that stabbed him. They were having a verbal altercation and she choose violence as an answer.~

    “Jennifer is not the only one that has been taken away from her family” As far as I know, she is the only one in this incident who was stabbed to death – are you comparing her problem to Jamaal’s?

    ~Jamaal has been taken away from his family. Although he’s still on this earth, a murder charge is just like a death sentence~

    “Jamaal made mistakes in the past” You mean, he committed crimes. Those crimes harmed other people, do you understand that?

    ~He did commit crimes, but was sentenced adequately by the state of California.~

    “He was never convicted for an assault on his mother, her life was never in jeopardy” That seems to conflict with public records.

    ~if you obtained public records, then you would see what he was charged with.~

    “Prince has done each day of his time for his past crimes and since his release, was well on his way to becoming a better son, father and brother” Until the other day.

    ~until he was attacked with a knife~

    “None of you were then when the incident occurred, so to try a man in public is really against the law.” But you weren’t there either, were you? He isn’t being tried in this forum, but he will be tried in public – and fairly I expect.

    ~your opinion, no need to respond.~

    “Until he is proven guilty, unless you were there, he is an innocent man.” He will get a fair trial. But until then, and after that, the rest of us as free people are entitled to make our own judgments about him. He sounds like a monster.

    ~the media is portraying Jamaal in a dim light, but the truth should also been seen~

    It takes a special kind of person to stab a woman to death. And it takes a special kind of family to come up with all of the excuses you have given here. You can tell it all to the judge at the sentencing hearing.

    ~Jamaal nor his family are making any excuses for his actions, we feel that his actions were justified. We do plan on telling the judge, at the trial~

  • Theprincefamily

    She was trying to flee the scene.

  • Theprincefamily

    I’m not trying to make him look like an angel, I am posting his facts

    “Jamaal is being charged with murder, not because of what he did, but because he is a African American man with mistakes in his past” He is being charged with murder, apparently because he was found covered with blood and admitted to the police that he killed Ms. Kingeter. Are you saying that things would have been different if he weren’t African American? I doubt it. And those “mistakes in his past”. Do you mean crimes he committed? You make it sound as if they were just things he did by accident. Is he or isn’t he responsible for his own actions?

    ~He was not “found”. He called the police because he was being attacked. He was covered in HIS blood from the multiple defense wounds from Jennifer Kingeter. I mean what I posted, you can interpret it as you like, the statement were his facts since the media seems to be reporting only her side.~

    “Those are not the only wounds he sustained…Jessica has a boyfriend…She picked them up and drove them to Jamaal’s house…” And you know all of this how? Did Jamaal tell you that? Who and where is the boyfriend?

    ~I am related to Jamaal so all the information came from him~

    “Details about hat started the altercation is still unclear…” If you know all the rest of this stuff, why don’t you know that?

    ~Jamaal has not entered a plea, so the public will have to wait to obtain any information that he feels will jeopardize his defense. His facts that he is comfortable in releasing are in the statement~

    “Jamaal tried to defend himself, and as a result Jennifer sustained an injury that ended her life” In other words, he killed her? Who told you that?

    ~As per the statement, Jamaal was trying to protect himself from them. Jamaal told me that~

    “…our cousin Shelton Dominick was murder by him girlfriend…she was released 48 hours later because of mistakes in Shelton Dominick’s past” What were those “mistakes” in his past? Were they crimes, like Jamaal’s “mistakes”? What was he doing to the woman when she stabbed him? Your family sounds interesting.

    ~He was not doing anything to the woman that stabbed him. They were having a verbal altercation and she choose violence as an answer.~

    “Jennifer is not the only one that has been taken away from her family” As far as I know, she is the only one in this incident who was stabbed to death – are you comparing her problem to Jamaal’s?

    ~Jamaal has been taken away from his family. Although he’s still on this earth, a murder charge is just like a death sentence~

    “Jamaal made mistakes in the past” You mean, he committed crimes. Those crimes harmed other people, do you understand that?

    ~He did commit crimes, but was sentenced adequately by the state of California.~

    “He was never convicted for an assault on his mother, her life was never in jeopardy” That seems to conflict with public records.

    ~if you obtained public records, then you would see what he was charged with.~

    “Prince has done each day of his time for his past crimes and since his release, was well on his way to becoming a better son, father and brother” Until the other day.

    ~until he was attacked with a knife~

    “None of you were then when the incident occurred, so to try a man in public is really against the law.” But you weren’t there either, were you? He isn’t being tried in this forum, but he will be tried in public – and fairly I expect.

    ~your opinion, no need to respond.~

    “Until he is proven guilty, unless you were there, he is an innocent man.” He will get a fair trial. But until then, and after that, the rest of us as free people are entitled to make our own judgments about him. He sounds like a monster.

    ~the media is portraying Jamaal in a dim light, but the truth should also been seen~

    It takes a special kind of person to stab a woman to death. And it takes a special kind of family to come up with all of the excuses you have given here. You can tell it all to the judge at the sentencing hearing.

    ~Jamaal nor his family are making any excuses for his actions, we feel that his actions were justified. We do plan on telling the judge, at the trial~

  • Vladislav_Davidzon

    Please do your research on false confessions. It’s nowhere as black and white as it seems. False confessions ARE very common and bad police work easily yields them. Not saying this is the case here, but there is GOOD reason to treat all suspects as innocent until proven guilty in a course of law. Being suspected and being guilty are VERY different.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    hence the caveat: “if he did what he says he did.” But otherwise, sure, we’ll wait for the jury to decide if it comes to that.

  • Guest

    Reading your posts, it is easy to see why Jamaal is a 5-time felon: apparently to his family he is an ordinary nice guy who just happens to have been convicted of multiple serious crimes. So he told you all of that stuff, and of course if he told you that, then it must be true? How about all of the other crimes (or”mistakes”) he has committed? Let’s go over some of your replies:

    “I am related to Jamaal so all the information came from him” Just as you are entitled to believe him, the rest of us are entitled not to believe him. I for one find it difficult to see why he needed to stab Ms. Kingeter to death. You didn’t tell us who the boyfriend is – do you even know?

    “Jamaal has not entered a plea, so the public will have to wait to obtain any information that he feels will jeopardize his defense. His facts that he is comfortable in releasing are in the statement” In other words, he hasn’t made that part up yet.

    “As per the statement, Jamaal was trying to protect himself from them. Jamaal told me that” So he told you that he killed her? Wow, he sure did protect himself. And who is “them”?

    “He was not doing anything to the woman that stabbed him. They were having a verbal altercation and she choose violence as an answer” How do you know that? Were you there? It seems unlikely that she would have been released if that were true. And you forgot to tell us about Shelton’s “mistakes”.

    “He did commit crimes, but was sentenced adequately by the state of California.” Ah, but you see many of us find it remarkable that an ordinary guy could commit so many crimes, again and again, and we wish his sentences had been even more adequate.

    “Jamaal has been taken away from his family. Although he’s still on this earth, a murder charge is just like a death sentence” But it is not like death itself, which is what he inflicted on Ms. Kingeter. What kind of a monster are you if you can’t see that? And anyway, aren’t you going to try and get him off?

    “if you obtained public records, then you would see what he was charged with”
    Whatever he was charged with, public records indicate he was convicted of ASSAULT BY MEANS LIKELY TO PRODUCE GREAT BODILY INJURY. Nice guy.

    “until he was attacked with a knife” Until he stabbed a young woman to death.

    “your opinion, no need to respond.” Why shouldn’t he get a fair trial? And yes, it is fair to consider his past crimes when trying him for this one.

    “the media is portraying Jamaal in a dim light, but the truth should also been seen” You don’t know what the truth is, only what the accused murdered told you or someone close to you.

    “Jamaal nor his family are making any excuses for his actions, we feel that his actions were justified.” Even though you weren’t present so that you don’t know what really happened. Is there anything he could do that you wouldn’t find an excuse for?

  • Theprincefamily

    Thanks for your interest, see you at the trial. God Bless

  • bgal4

    why was he naked?

  • sounds_off

    Can you explain to us

    1. How did Jamaal and Jessica know each other? Why did she go to his apartment so late at night?

    2. What was the “verbal altercation” about?

    3. Why was Jessica stabbed so many times? Or is that detail incorrect?

  • Guest

    How do you know that?

  • realitycheck

    It is well known that Jamaal dealt drugs.
    Was Jessica defending herself against rape?

  • sounds_off

    It is a well-documented, nationwide, whitewash. Newspapers do not publish descriptions even when the information is public record, yet they can spare copious ink for stories about “celebrities” having babies and so on.

  • sounds_off

    Thanks for the info. The police are definitely leaving out some details but unfortunately, there seems to be enough evidence to convict Jamaal. She was stabbed so many times that “self defense” will not hold up, especially given Jamaal’s criminal record.

    I can’t find the instagram you are talking about.

  • Howie Mencken

    Google has made the web an eternal, accurate, instantly available archive of forum posts. Remember to read these comments again after the trial.

  • realitycheck

    Trial? the crime scene photos will have Prince begging for a plea bargain.
    Both of the bad boys in this horrific tragedy were drug dealers, as adults and while students at BHS. We are collectively failing our children over and over again by failing to address the problems when they first present themselves.

  • Howie Mencken

    Whatever the outcome, the point is; There’s a story arc here (and that includes the comments) that will be useful to review..

  • http://berkeley.accountableschools.com/ Berkeley Accountable Schools

    For a perspective, please see the commentary posted by a member of our community on the root causes of this terrible incident.

  • Howie Mencken

    READ this and WEEP! There’s not enough room in prison for all the guilty named here.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Seriously. It’s a compelling and damning portrait of a city and its misguided policies.

  • unbelievable

    Jamaal Prince was one of people from 40 Acres marijuana dispensary who met with city council members just before the holiday recess advocating that 40 Acres be selected for the coveted 4th dispensary permit. 40 Acres is supported by Max Anderson and Darryl Moore, both have publicly stated their support for 40 Acres claiming the group represents racial diversity in the cannabis industry.

  • Howie Mencken

    “…known for being a drug addict and for dealing drugs at Provo (Civic Center) Park and at the High School.”

    That’s a quote from the letter cited below which reminds me to ask; What happened to Billy Keys? You remember BHS’s “Mr. Law and Order”? The long time Leader of the current security staff…that Billy Keys?

  • http://twitter.com/captfuzzbucket CaptFuzz

    I’m pretty sure Darryl Moore was not supportive of 40 Acres. You’re probably thinking of Kriss.

  • Truth Sayer

    Based upon most laws, if it is a home, it is considered an occupied structure regardless if someone was home. And the penalty is serious. Unfortunately, plea bargains are made which lessens the penalty.

  • JSebastian

    Yes..well aware of that fact but surprised to encounter it here on Berkeleyside as its politically incorrect.

  • Anon22

    It was supposed to be me that night. Not her.

  • Anon22

    She wasn’t supposed to be there.

  • JSebastian

    What racists? What’s a racist? Are you claiming that associating with male black drug users is not inherently a disproportionately risky activity for a young white female? Sorry…these must be more of those “hate facts” you leftists can’t stand. How dare anyone impugn the citizenship of young black males, because people are all the same, right? Identical in every way!

  • JSebastian

    Our rate of violent crime is nothing compared to the UK. Their society is 4x as violent as ours. Probably related to the fact that by banning guns, they took their society back to the Stone Age where the biggest and strongest rule (ie, terrorize) the small and the weak. Something to be proud of, no doubt very “civilized”, right? Until you’re set upon by a group of their thuggish immigrants.

  • JSebastian

    Racism has very little to do with crimes of violence, particularly sexual crimes such as rape and assault. The idea that schools are racist is somewhat ridiculous. Show me the racism here in CA where thanks to decisions like Serrano v Priest, all schools are funded at the same rate, essentially. It is what effect that education has on a student that is not equal, and there is a very good reason for that too. One of the major reasons that young black men have a higher criminality index than young white men (if you don’t understand this term or know where to find information about it, then stop reading now, and go find out…do not reply until you have acquired the facts), is that they are different than other races . Specifically, they are less intelligent, and have higher serum testosterone levels. Lower intelligence and higher testosterone combine to produce higher levels of aggression, which is the precursor to violent behavior. Violent impulses and thoughts become violent behaviors. Lower intelligence is also likely responsible for the negative effects on family income and educational attainment. These “family of origin” effects only help to perpetuate a somewhat vicious cycle, but they don’t account for the consistent data we can observe about criminality.

    Before the real knee-jerking starts, acquaint yourself with the allegations of racism against tests of general intelligence, and then you can decide for yourself which scenario is more plausible;

    a) that all people are exactly the same, and who your parents and their parents were, and so forth and so on, has no bearing on what you are, as the Left would have you believe on purely ideological grounds, or,

    b) that like most other attributes, general intelligence is highly heritable, and has been proven so in decades of intelligence studies. That the same studies have consistently revealed a significant “racial gap” in general intelligence.

    While it is true that the War on Some Drugs captures many young black men, that itself does not explain higher rates of violent offenses against persons (not drug related). So yes, young black men are certainly in some dire straits. But employing actual racism, rather than the imaginary racism you envision to account for every aspect of the black experience, in a scheme of Affirmative Action, is not going to change the essential nature of humanity. Intelligence will still be highly heritable. Black men will still have elevated testosterone level and demonstrate higher levels of aggression against others, and then where will your utopian Reverse Discrimination scheme get us? Nowhere, fast. There are only so many jobs available at the Post Office and the DMV.

  • Guest

    This is simply ignorant racist garbage: poorly informed, poorly reasoned, and carrying all of the arrogance that comes with ignorance. Let’s get this straight: you aren’t smart enough to be making pronouncements about the intelligence of entire groups of people. Back to your cave, you stupid troll!

  • Guest

    You are a racist: your comments on this thread make that abundantly clear. If you were brighter you might be able to see that it doesn’t do any good to deny that you are a racist while the same time spouting ignorant racist nonsense.

  • JSebastian

    Perhaps you missed the question. What is the definition of a racist? Your knee-jerk response simply tells me you have no idea and find “Racist” to be a convenient response to facts you don’t like.

  • JSebastian

    Can you define racist? You seem to like that word but provide no corroboration for its employ. Can you offer any actual rebuttals or counterarguments to what I’ve said. “entire groups of people” have been the subject of literally hundreds if not thousands of studies on intelligence and I am not making any pronouncements. I am simply restating what has already been determined by these studies. These are not opinions, rather the result of the scientific process. Wait, lemme guess…science is racist too?
    I knew it!

  • Student of neuroscience

    Can u say spurious variable? Smaller more close-knit communities where there is more personal accountability (because everyone knows each other) are statistically more likely to have both less diversity, as well as less crime–but just remember, genetic diversity makes our species viable; without it, humanity would die out, in a lot less time than U might think!! Also, there are plenty depressing counter-examples to your statement, like the sandy hook school (very white, very posh) massacre, just to name one. Also, aren’t serial killers more statistically likely to be white guys, many of whom hailed from homogenous communities? (Ex: green river killer)