Three defendants face murder, robbery charges

OAKLAND – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces charges have been filed in the attempted murder involving a former Oakland Police captain, Ersie Joyner.

On October 21, 2021, Joyner was at the Chevron gas station located at 17th and Castro Street in Oakland. As he was pumping gas, a total of three suspects approached him to rob him.

The three suspects, Desoni Gardner, Kemandre King, and Marlon King confronted Joyner at gunpoint, threatening to shoot him, and stole his property.

Joyner feared for his life and pulled out a handgun and fired at the suspects, striking Gardner. Gardner collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the suspects fired back at Joyner, striking him multiple times. The suspects fled in an awaiting vehicle driven by Joshua Hayles.

Joyner sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his legs and torso. He underwent surgery and survived.

Marlon King and Kemandre King were arrested and arraigned on Nov. 23 at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.

Hayles was arrested in Texas on Nov. 19 and is being extradited back to California.

“Ersie Joyner was senselessly attacked and shot while being robbed. We continue to pray for his full recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement.

All three defendants were charged with the murder of Gardner and second-degree robbery of Joyner. Marlon King and Kemandre King were also charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm; Marlon King is also charged with the willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder of Joyner.

The Office will not be making any further comments, as this is an ongoing case.

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