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People v Michael Jose Monert

On December 14, 2016, a jury found defendant Michael Jose Monert guilty of the first degree murder of Pamela Sanders, the second degree murder of Debra Adkins, and the second degree murder of Janice Flahiff, plus enhancements.

Defendant Monert was a serial murderer of prostitutes in Oakland during the late 1980s and early 90s. While awaiting trial for the murder of Pamela Sanders, Defendant Monert confessed to murdering two more women. During his confessions he provided details that only the killer would know. Some of these details included the manner of death, location of where the murders took place, and where he dumped the bodies.

In October 1989, Defendant Monert picked up victim Debra Adkins on International Boulevard and took her back to his home. When they were in his room, Defendant Monert hit Ms Adkins numerous times on the head with a hammer. He then transported her body and dumped it above Skyline Boulevard, face down, near the entry to Roberts Regional Park. She was naked from the waist down with a rope draped loosely over her. He returned home and cleaned up Ms Adkins’ blood.

In May 1991, Defendant Monert picked up Janice Flahiff and drove her to Courtland Avenue, Oakland. While they were in the truck, Defendant Monert hit her on the head with a small hammer and dumped her body outside his truck. At the time, Courtland Avenue was a dead-end street. This necessitated doing a three point turn to leave the area. In his haste to flee the area, he ran over the body of the victim. Ms Flahiff’s autopsy found tire tread marks on her leg. Ms Flahiff's fully clothed body was found lying face up.

In July 1991, Defendant Monert lured Ms Sanders into a local market he was working at. When Ms Sanders followed him into the rear of the store, Monert grabbed a hammer and struck her repeatedly in the head. He then cleaned up Ms Sanders’ blood and transported and dumped her body a few blocks away. Mr Monert returned to the scene of the crime, where he and his unknowing girlfriend slept in the same area he had murdered Ms Sanders an hour before. The following morning, a man walking to West Oakland BART found the body of Pamela Sanders laying in the street. Her body was naked from the waist down and she wrapped in two large garbage bags. She had been beaten about her head.

Defendant Michael Jose Monert is scheduled to be sentenced on January 20, 2017. He will be sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Butch Ford with assistance from DA Inspector Cesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017