Self-defense was not a factor for five young men, including three from Berkeley, charged in the fatal shooting of a lone 24-year-old in Oakland last year, a judge ruled this week.
A young man from Richmond found guilty of fatally stabbing a 72-year-old woman in South Berkeley after a wedding in 2014 was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison Friday.
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.