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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Damonte Davon Starks

On January 7, 2015, a jury convicted Damonte Davon Starks of first degree murder and shooting from a motor vehicle in the killing of 19 year old William Ward.

On June 27, 2013, defendant Starks was the passenger in a car that followed the victim two blocks from a bus stop. As the victim and two of his friends walked from the bus stop, the defendant and his unnamed co-participant followed slowly behind, matching the victim’s speed. As William Ward increased his pace, the car did as well, eventually passing the three young men to make a U-turn in front of them. From this position of advantage, the defendant reached both hands out of the car and fired at least six shots at the victim, striking him three times. William Ward succumbed to his injures at the scene. Through a thorough investigation by the Oakland Police Department, the defendant was identified.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Robert Graff with the help of Inspector Shawn Knight.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015