Office of the
District Attorney
Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

Archives: March 2010

Defendants Convicted of Multiple Murders with Special Circumstances following Brutal Crime Spree

March 22

Press Release (download as a pdf)

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that a jury convicted defendants Stefon Johnson and Hezekiah Edwards each of two counts of first degree murder with special circumstances and one count of attempted murder on Friday, March 19, 2010. The convictions stem from a brutal crime spree that began on March 24, 2006 in Antioch when Edwards and Johnson attempted to kidnap victims Johnny Denton and Willie Lavall Jr. at gun-point. When they tried to escape, both victims were shot and Lavall was dragged to death as the defendants sped away from the scene in a rented minivan.

Assemblymember Swanson Names Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock Woman Of The Year

March 12

During a March 8, 2010 ceremony at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Oakland) honored Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock as the 16th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. "Sharmin has been an invaluable asset to my district, the state, and nation in bringing domestic commercial sexual exploitation of minors to a level of national discussion. We are on a rescue mission to save helpless children that are being sold into slavery across the country and Sharmin has dedicated herself, working day and night, to ensure that the laws are crafted to further this mission," said Assemblymember Swanson.
Read Assemblymember Swanson's press release

District Attorney's Office Participates in Oakland's Chinese Lunar New Year Bazaar

March 1

On February 6th and 7th, 2010, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th annual Chinese Lunar New Year Bazaar, an exciting and colorful outdoor festival. For the first time, the District Attorney’s Office joined the festivities by hosting a booth staffed with volunteers from the Office.