A judge has freed a woman arrested after the killing of a Berkeley man in February, but ruled Thursday that her boyfriend must face the murder charge against him in the case.
Michael Diggs, the homeless man charged with killing a 54-year-old Berkeley man with a hatchet in late February, told police he snapped after the victim walked naked into the bathroom where Diggs’ girlfriend was showering, then tried to force her to have sex with him.
The Berkeley couple accused of stabbing a West Berkeley man to death with a hatchet earlier this year entered not guilty pleas in court Monday.
The Berkeley Police Department has arrested two people in the city’s only homicide so far this year, authorities said Wednesday.
Update, March 14, 3:45 p.m.: Berkeleyside checked in with the Berkeley Police Department to see if any additional information was available about the Sylvan Fuselier homicide. Due to the ongoing investigation, police said there is not: “We don’t have any developments or updates to disclose at this point on the Fuselier homicide. Homicide investigators are working full bore on it, with support from other BPD detectives as well. It’s an active investigation. As such, we’re not able to disclose information on cause of death at this point. No arrests have been made, and we don’t have suspect information to disclose at this time.”
Berkeley Police officers are investigating what they say was the homicide of a man in his 50s in the 1100 block of Addison Street, near San Pablo Avenue, in West Berkeley.