July 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs SB 978 Jul 18, 2014

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 978 into law. This bill, authored by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, provides a significant change to a law that ensures victims of sexual assault receive timely rape crisis counseling services. SB 978 allows a hospital to notify the local Rape Crisis Center when a victim arrives for a medical or evidentiary physical examination after a sexual assault. Prior to the passage of this bill, only law enforcement was required to notify the Rape Crisis Center.

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People v Deontay Laquawn Wilson Jul 10, 2014

On July 10, 2014, a jury convicted Deontay Laquawn Wilson of robbery with the use of a firearm. On June 18, 2013 the victim was contacted by an unidentified male on Craigslist offering cell phones. The victim agreed to meet the male at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and 28th Street in Oakland. At the meeting point, the victim was confronted by two suspects, one of which robbed him at gun point, and the suspects fled. Later that night, the defendant was pulled over by police officers for operating a vehicle without a license plate. The officers searched the defendant's car and found identifying information belonging to the victim. The prosecutor was DDA Gregory O'Connell with assistance from DA Inspector Harry Hu.

People v Kenyus Deshon Walker Jul 9, 2014

On July 9, 2014, a jury convicted Kenyus Deshon Walker of first degree murder and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death. On September 25, 2012, the victim, Billy Brooks Jr., 39, and a companion went to a known drug house on 80th Avenue to buy some heroin. The defendant, the enforcer of the house, answered the door with a shotgun in his hand. The victim walked past him into the dining room, brushing him off dismissively and then began to announce himself in the house. After an exchange of words, the defendant took the safety off the gun and shot the victim in the neck, killing him instantly. After the shot, five other individuals inside the house came into the dining room and saw the defendant holding a shotgun. The defendant left the house on foot and the remaining witnesses decided to wrap the victim in tarp and move his body. On October 7, 2012, the victim was found shot to death inside an abandoned car on the 2400 block of Ritchie Street in Oakland. Neighbors reported a strong odor coming from the abandoned car. The victim’s decomposed body was found in the back seat of the car wrapped in a tarp and cloth. The case was prosecuted by DDA Glenn Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.

People v Joseph Thomas Connors Jul 8, 2014

On July 8, 2014, a jury convicted Joseph Thomas Connors of first degree murder with special circumstances.

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People v Arthur Esver Jul 8, 2014

On July 8, 2014, a jury found Arthur Esver guilty of five felony counts of sexual abuse. He was held accountable for all charged counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy and sexual penetration of a minor under 10 years of age. This abuse occurred from 2010-2011 in San Leandro, and was eventually reported on March 7, 2011, by the victim and family to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2014 by the Honorable Vernon Nakahara. The prosecutor was DDA Samantha Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Jeff McCort.

People v Jose Garcia Lopez Jul 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, a jury found defendant Jose Garcia Lopez guilty of felony stalking. The defendant and victim Jane Doe met when she was a waitress at a Fremont bar. Over the course of several months they developed a friendship. In April 2013, Jane Doe decided to end her friendship with defendant after a dispute. Over the course of the subsequent three weeks, the defendant repeatedly threatened and physically attacked Jane Doe and her mother. Such attacks included stealing and crashing victim's vehicle. On April 11, 2013, it was alleged that the defendant strangled Jane Doe's mother to the point she required hospitalization. The case was prosecuted by DDA Charles Wilson with the assistance of DA Inspector Paul Balzouman.