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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v David Mills

OAKLAND, CA -- On Tuesday, August 1, 2012, a jury of six men and six women returned a verdict of death in the penalty trial of David Mills after deliberating for less than a day and a half. The same jury had convicted Mills of three counts of premeditated murder, one count of premeditated attempted murder, and two counts of felony animal cruelty on June 28, 2012. Those convictions stemmed from Mills' shooting of four people and two dogs seated inside a car in the 9900 block of St. Elmo Drive in Oakland's Brookfield Village district on March 10, 2005.

Mills was quickly identified by surviving victim Elizabeth Martinez, and arrested several hours later by members of the Oakland Police Department. At the time of his arrest Mills was in possession of a 9mm Glock handgun that proved to be a ballistics match to casings found at the crime scene.

During the penalty trial the jury was presented evidence of several additional crimes committed by Mills. These crimes included the January 1, 1997, killing of Troy Gardner in front of 1808 88th Avenue in Oakland over a drug turf dispute. The jury also heard testimony relating to Mills' history of domestic violence and illegal gun possession.

The penalty trial also included victim impact testimony from family members of the murder victims Dale Griffin, James Martin, and Rebecca Martinez. The defense mitigation case focused on negative aspects of Mills' childhood along with testimony from family members that characterized Mills as a supportive and encouraging father. During the penalty trial defendant Mills refused the trial court's repeated orders to be present during the proceedings.

Sentencing is set for Friday, November 2, 2012. The trial prosecutor was Senior Deputy District Attorney James Meehan, assisted by Inspector Steve Revel and Victim-Witness Consultant Supervisor Tasia Wiggins.


Posted on Aug 1, 2012