Crime

Witnesses, texts link San Leandro man to Berkeley killing

Photo: Krishna Ferreira, via Facebook

Photo: Krishna Ferreira, via Facebook

The man charged with killing 24-year-old Dustin Bynum in Berkeley in August was seen near the crime scene before and after the shooting, according to court documents, though no one actually saw the attack.

Police wrote that Krishna Ferreira, 23, was the only person seen fleeing the scene.

“Although nobody eye-witnessed the shooting, several witnesses saw the victim and the suspected shooter seconds before and saw the same suspect flee on foot eastbound on Delaware St; nobody else was in the immediate area,” according to a court document related to Ferreira’s arrest.

Police used eyewitness accounts as well as video surveillance footage to identify the shooter. According to the report, multiple Berkeley police officers identified Ferreira in the footage.

On Aug. 1, Bynum was shot multiple times outside Bing’s Liquors, at San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. Passers-by told Berkeleyside he was shot several times at close range. Paramedics took Bynum to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.

On Aug. 7, an Alameda County superior court judge signed a warrant for Ferreira’s arrest. Berkeley Police arrested him in San Leandro on Sept. 10, and executed a search warrant at his residence of record.

Police said, in the court documents, that Ferreira had “incriminating text messages” on his cell phone related to the murder. The texts “indicated Ferreira knew the victim and messaged people that the victim was at San Pablo and Delaware.” Just after the killing, wrote police, “Ferreira text messaged people to come and pick him up because he was hiding in the immediate area of the shooting.”

According to authorities, Ferreira is on supervised county probation for a 2012 conviction for snatching the purse of a 77-year-old woman in Berkeley.

On May 17, 2012, the woman told police she was walking when a man later identified as Ferreria grabbed her purse and knocked her down. One witness saw him running from the scene, and another saw him leaving a driveway where the purse was dumped.

The district attorney’s office has charged Ferreira with murder for the August 2013 shooting; if convicted, it would count as a second strike against him, according to court documents.

Ferreria remains in custody without bail in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 12. His next court date related to the murder is not currently available, though a hearing to revoke his probation was scheduled for Monday morning.

According to Krishna Ferreira’s Facebook page, he was a member of Berkeley High’s class of 2008, and later studied at Diablo Valley College.

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  • PragmaticProgressive

    Police said, in the court documents, that Ferreira had “incriminating text messages” on his cell phone related to the murder. The texts “indicated Ferreira knew the victim and messaged people that the victim was at San Pablo and Delaware.” Just after the killing, wrote police, “Ferreira text messaged people to come and pick him up because he was hiding in the immediate area of the shooting.”

    You cannot MAKE this stuff up.

  • TN

    I googled the name. According to the web search, a young man with this name played high school basketball for the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. This might explain why there are text messages.

  • rhuberry

    According to his facebook page, he went to BHS. Texting is not restricted to the deaf. It is just the way people communicate. He lives in San Leandro. I wonder if this is another example of a student who lives out of district but attended BHS. I know he could have moved, but it is so common for kids from out of town to come to BHS, have ties to kids in this town, and come back and cause trouble.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    I wondered the same. His mother’s on Facebook too but doesn’t disclose what city she lives in. It is interesting that no one has chimed in on these stories to say, “oh no, my neighbor’s kid” or something of that sort. If a kid from my neighborhood were arrested for murder, there’d be discussion from people who knew him as a child.

  • Chris J

    Class of 2008. Huh. My son graduated from BHS in 2008. Wonder if my son knew him…or by reputation. I don’t think that any in my class of ’71 have been arrested for murder.

  • lcarols

    … or are the police able to access texts that have been deleted?

  • emraguso

    I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the purse snatching of the 77-year-old woman…

  • lcarols

    How would they retrieve the message from the recipient? If they know the phone number of the recipient, do they know the recipient’s name and address? I get it if the message is in a virtual trash can they can dig it out, but I don’t get the rest of your description.

  • lcarols

    It’s all so ugly. And the kid was 23! I guess if he’s part of a gang, he may be doing this on orders from older men. Not that that makes him innocent, of course. I used to wonder if someone could be fired from a gang for incompetence. I think I have my answer in this case. :-)

  • Charlotte

    I knew him when we were younger, and he is from Berkeley. He went to the deaf school and then finished his high school years at Berkeley High. He was obviously not using his head, but the texting was because he’s deaf. It’s sad to hear about this.