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People v Michael Eugene Wyatt

On February 19, 2015, a jury convicted Michael Eugene Wyatt of first degree murder and an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon for the killing of James Nobles in February 2012.

Defendant Wyatt and the victim were roommates and friends sharing a studio apartment in Hayward. The victim suffered from mental illness, and Wyatt was annoyed that the victim was making too much noise and behaving oddly. Over a period of several hours, defendant Wyatt tied up the victim and poured household cleaners on his face. He then beat the victim and stabbed him repeatedly until he died.

Afterwards, he tried to conceal the crime by placing the victim's body in a garbage can and dumping it by the train tracks. At trial, the jury learned that defendant Wyatt had killed another close friend in 1995 under similar circumstances.

The jury rejected the defense argument that Wyatt acted under the heat of passion due to the stress of dealing with the victim's mental illness. Sentencing is scheduled for April 17, where defendant is expected to receive a sentence of at least 26 years to life.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Warren Ko with assistance from Inspectors Blair Alexander and Mark Moreno.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015