DA O’Malley Announces Charges Filed in Death of Mother and Child in Livermore

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that Brian Zachary Jones, age 35, has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury. The complaint includes multiple victim clauses as well as excessive speed clauses.

On May 2, 2015, defendant Jones, while under the influence of alcohol, drove his car at speeds ranging from 75 mph to 99 mph through residential streets of Livermore, CA. At 6:50 pm, the defendant failed to negotiate a turn in the 900 block of Murrieta Blvd. and left the roadway. Defendant Jones struck and killed Esperanza Morales and her 14-month-old daughter Yulida as they walked on a pathway before slamming into the rear of a relative’s apartment. The incident also resulted in serious injury to two children, ages 6 and 7, who were playing in the rear patio area of the apartment at the time.

The Livermore Police Department and the California Highway Patrol conducted a thorough and intensive traffic collision investigation that includes accident reconstruction, blood-alcohol testing and the examination of the event data recorder removed from the wreckage of the defendant’s car. Defendant Jones’ blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.14 percent.

“Esperanza Morales and her baby daughter lost their lives while visiting family in Livermore. A joyous occasion turned into a nightmare that has devastated a family and stunned the community,” states D.A. O’Malley. “My Office will ensure that justice is served and that Brian Jones is held accountable for his actions.”

The defendant was arrested without incident at approximately 4:00 this afternoon at a home in Fremont by Livermore Police.


ADA Teresa Drenick // Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org // (510) 272-6280
Rebecca Richardson // Rebecca.Richardson2@acgov.org // (510) 272-6213

Posted on May 21, 2015