A man described by authorities as a “ringleader” in West Berkeley’s Waterfront gang has been charged with two Oakland murders dating back to 2009, as well as an attempted murder.
A trail of 15 cartridge casings led from the scene of a dice game in West Berkeley toward the corner where Anthony "Tone" Medearis III was struck with a bullet, fatally, in the back. The 22-year-old was running for his life and pleading for mercy as his killer followed behind him, walking, as he fired his gun over and over. It was Sept. 8, 2013, at about 5:40 p.m.
After four weeks in trial, with 13 days of testimony and 36 witnesses, prosecutor John Brouhard began his closing arguments Monday in the double homicide case that could result in the death penalty for 25-year-old Darnell Williams Jr. if the jury finds him guilty.