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Curtis Martin Guilty as Charged for Murder of Girlfriend and her Young Child

On July 19, 2012, defendant Curtis Martin pled guilty as charged to murdering his girlfriend, Zoelina Toney, and his girlfriend’s young child, Jashon Williams. Defendant Martin was charged with, and pled guilty to, two counts of murder and three special circumstances for killing a witness, for killing by means of lying in wait, and for killing more than one victim. The defendant also pled to being a felon in possession of a firearm and admitted three prior felony convictions.

The charges stem from defendant Martin's brutal murder of Zoelina Toney on November 13, 2009, who was found beaten and shot to death at Berkeley’s Aquatic Park. Two days later, on November 15, 2009, the body of Zoelina’s 17 month son, Jashon Williams, was found floating in the water at the Berkeley Marina. Jashon's body was badly decomposed and an autopsy was unable to determine a cause of death.

Defendant Martin was in trial and jury selection was ongoing when the defendant pled guilty as charged to the Court and waived any right to appeal. There was no plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Defendant Martin will be sentenced to the maximum punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole on December 3, 2012. The prosecutor was DDA Tim Wellman.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012