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1 held to answer in Berkeley murder of ‘Lil Tone’

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court over the past week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Jan. 17: Berkeleyside has been informed by a relative of murder victim Anthony Medearis Jr. that the Alameda County district attorney’s office plans to seek the death penalty in the case against Darnell Williams Jr.

Original story, Jan. 13: The man authorities say gunned down a former friend he suspected of snitching to police has been ordered by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to stand trial.

After approximately three days of testimony, Darnell Williams Jr. was ordered to face 12 felony counts related to the murder of 22-year-old Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. of Berkeley last September, and the murder of an 8-year-old girl in Oakland last July.

“I’m happy as hell,” said Medearis’ aunt, Jackie Winters, after Judge C. Don Clay made his decision. “Justice,” she added. … Continue reading »

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‘Snitch’ rumor leads to Berkeley dad’s murder

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A Berkeley man who was shot to death after a dice game in West Berkeley last fall was targeted because he was rumored to have been cooperating with police, according to testimony Wednesday in a hearing related to his murder.

Laquana Nuño took the stand in the preliminary hearing against Darnell Williams Jr., after which an Alameda County superior court judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence for Williams to face a trial.

Nuño was also charged with the killing of Anthony “Tone” Medearis Jr. on Sept. 8, 2013. Authorities said she provided a ride to Williams after the Medearis shooting, and tried to help him escape police. She said Wednesday she’d picked him up, but had thought Williams had only robbed Medearis, which she’d try to discourage him from doing in the first place. … Continue reading »

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2 testify in Berkeley murder hearing against Oakland man

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court this week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The 7-year-old nephew of a man charged with killing Berkeley father Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. in September reluctantly took the stand in a hearing Tuesday to determine whether a trial against Medearis’ accused killer can proceed.

Twenty-two-year-old Darnell Williams Jr. of Oakland is facing murder charges for Medearis’ killing, which authorities said took place after the two men got into a fight after a dice game in West Berkeley on Sept. 8 near Eighth and Camelia streets.

Williams and his friend Laquana Nuno, 28, have been charged with murder in the Medearis case. Their cases are not being tried together at this time, however. (Nuno is alleged only to have given Williams a ride after the shooting of 22-year-old Medearis. She is in custody on murder charges, nonetheless, and scheduled to testify Wednesday.) … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Police announce arrest in Berkeley homicide

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Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for the shooting death last July of 26-year-old Jermaine “Third” Davis of Berkeley.

In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police said they have arrested Antiown Ramon York, 25, of Pittsburg on suspicion of murder in the Davis case.

The announcement took place as court proceedings against two other men charged with killing an 8-year-old girl to avenge Davis’ death began in Alameda County Superior Court. Berkeleyside will provide continuing coverage of that case throughout the week. … Continue reading »

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Cukor family settles lawsuit against Berkeley police

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The family of Peter Cukor, who was allegedly killed by a mentally disturbed man in February 2012 while he waited for police to come to his house, has dropped its lawsuit against Berkeley in exchange for promises to change the questions dispatchers ask those calling during an emergency.

Berkeley has not admitted any fault in connection with the tragedy, said R. Lewis Van Blois, who represents Cukor’s widow, Andrea, and her adult sons Alexander and Christopher.

“The changes will result in better communication between the Communication Center and the emergency caller regarding police response to calls,” said Van Blois. … Continue reading »

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Robbery attempt led to Medearis killing; 2 charged

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A robbery gone awry after a dice game in West Berkeley left one man dead and a child with a bullet wound to the face in early September, according to court documents released Tuesday afternoon by authorities.

Police have charged an Oakland man with the Sept. 8 murder of Anthony Medearis Jr., and say the man was also responsible for the shooting that killed 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine at a slumber party in Oakland on July 17.

Authorities say the Carradine killing was retribution for the homicide in South Berkeley earlier that same day of Jermaine Davis, who has been tied to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that two Oakland men, 27-year-old Joseph Carroll Jr. and 22-year-old Darnell Williams Jr., are believed to be responsible for Carradine’s death. Carroll, said police, is the cousin of Jermaine Davis. (His brother, 23-year-old Coleon Carroll, is currently in jail facing charges along with a second defendant for the shooting death of Gary Ferguson Jr. in Berkeley in 2010. The Carroll brothers have been reported by authorities to be ringleaders in the West Berkeley-based Waterfront gang.) … Continue reading »

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‘Ceasefire Walk Against Violence’ comes to West Berkeley

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year. 

Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.

Three of the city’s four homicides this year have taken place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Then, in September, 22-year-old Anthony Medearis Jr. died in a shooting near Eighth and Camelia streets.

“Our West Berkeley residents are deeply shaken,” wrote Maio in a statement about the walk planned for Thursday, Oct. 3. “I think of this as a broad expression of concern and reclaiming our streets for safety.” … Continue reading »

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Witnesses, texts link San Leandro man to Berkeley killing

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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. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police make arrest in August murder

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Berkeley Police detectives have arrested a San Leandro man in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Bynum in August, authorities said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police arrested 23-year-old Krishna Ferreira on suspicion of murder, according to a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department on Wednesday evening.

Bynum was killed Aug. 1 outside Bing’s Liquors on San Pablo Avenue. Police said patrol officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a man down in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Officers who arrived found Bynum, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department, but eventually was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Relatives remember Berkeley shooting victim ‘Lil Tone’

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Family members have identified the man who died Sunday in a shooting in West Berkeley as Anthony ‘Lil Tone’ Medearis Jr.

The 22-year-old lifelong Berkeley resident and father of three children, ages 1, 4 and 7, loved to dance, and was a compassionate family man and “social networker” who was very popular in the community, said two cousins who spoke with Berkeleyside on Monday.

But Medearis also faced difficulties. Relatives said he was raised by his great grandparents and had not found a steady job since leaving high school. There were also some indications from friends that he had ties to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

Family members described him as a “wonderful kid” who was “proud of where he was from,” and often wore Cal Berkeley clothing to represent his love for the city.

“He was a shining star, the life of the family,” said cousin Maria Stewart, who said the two grew up much more like siblings. “He was easy going, and always open to advancement.”

Stewart described Medearis as generous, even when he didn’t have much to give.

“He helped other people and, even if he only had 30 cents in his pocket, he’d say, ‘You can have this,'” she said. … Continue reading »

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Man dies after shooting in West Berkeley

Police taped off the street while they investigate a shooting in West Berkeley on Sunday. Photo: Emilie Ragus0
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A man in his 20s was shot twice in the chest in West Berkeley around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, and has died of his wounds, according to friends and neighbors.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed at 9:30 p.m. that there had been shooting, that the victim was taken to the hospital, and that he was pronounced dead after he arrived there. She said police were still at Eighth and Camelia, where officers were canvassing for evidence and speaking with witnesses. Homicide detectives were on scene, and the roadway on Eighth south of Camelia remains closed off during the investigation, she said. She said police are not releasing any further details at this time.

The man, who is reported to have attended Berkeley High School, was said by several who knew him to be visiting friends in an apartment near Eighth and Camelia just before the shooting. Neighborhood residents said he was shot near a church on Camelia, then ran through an alley onto Page Street west of Eighth. He ran to a neighbor’s door to ask for help, but then collapsed on the ground, according to witnesses. The victim called out, “Help me, somebody, help me,” according to a woman who came across him on her way to the grocery store, but asked not to be named. “He looked so scared,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Police identify Berkeley shooting victim

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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Police have identified the man who died after a shooting on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday night as 24-year-old Dustin Bynum of Berkeley.

Witnesses said Bynum was shot three times at close range on Thursday at about 9:20 p.m. outside Bing’s Liquors, in the 1800 block of San Pablo. Bynum was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.  … Continue reading »

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24-year-old man dies after Berkeley shooting

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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A man who was shot Thursday night outside Bing’s Liquors in northwest Berkeley was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said just after 11 p.m.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed just after 10 p.m. that the man had life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. He was later pronounced dead, said Coats via email at 11:09 p.m.

According to a statement released by police at 1 a.m., the victim was 24 years … Continue reading »

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