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People v Prince Franklin Tsetse

On November 25, 2015, a jury found Defendant Prince Franklin Tsetse guilty of first degree murder of victim Kimberly Robertson, with special circumstances for murder in the commission of rape.

On April 4, 2014, victim Kimberly Robertson went out with her boyfriend and friends to a bar in Oakland. While there, they drank multiple drinks and eventually Robertson and her boyfriend argued whether or not she could drive his car back to his apartment, where she planned on staying that evening. Their friends believed neither should be driving and they called for a cab. When the cab arrived, victim Robertson refused to leave. Eventually, the cab took off without either of them in it.

Her boyfriend refused to let her drive home, so Robertson walked to a bus stop. Robertson's boyfriend watched her from across the road through his car window. Not long thereafter, around 2am, Defendant Tsetse pulled up to the bus stop in a red SUV. Eventually, victim Robertson climbed into the vehicle, and Defendant Tsetse drove off. A few hours later, Victim Robertson’s body was found by a cyclist outside FM Smith Recreation Center, partially clothed with major bruising to her face and head. She had been raped, beaten and murdered by Defendant Tsetse.

The coroner stated her cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma, and the victim had several skull fractures. Foreign DNA found on victim Robertson was analyzed by OPD crime lab, and the DNA profile uploaded to CODIS database returned a hit to Defendant Tsetse.

On December 28, 2015, Defendant Prince Franklin Tsetse was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for this crime. The case was prosecuted by DDA Stacie Pettigrew with assistance from DA Inspector James Rullamas and Victim-Witness Advocate Hedy Mitlo.

(Docket #175144)

Posted on Dec 30, 2015