People v Lakisha Evette Young

On December 12, 2016, a jury found defendant Lakisha Evette Young guilty as charged of second degree murder and unlawful firearm activity, with enhancements.

On October 4, 2014, at approximately 1am, Defendant Young and victim Jeron Smith were hanging out with about 15-20 people on 72nd Avenue in Oakland. At that time, Defendant Young had suspected that Mr Smith knew something about the 2013 murder of a mutual friend, Mikel, and she had some animosity toward Mr Smith.

Defendant Young and Mr Smith began to argue. On two to three occasions, Mr Smith went to a nearby car where he would sit down inside the car to cool off. Each time Mr Smith returned, he would continue talking to Defendant Young.

Defendant Young repeatedly demanded of Mr Smith to know 'what really happened' to Mikel. Mr Smith responded that if Defendant Young gave him a gun and told him who did it, he would 'handle it'. After Mr Smith returned from the car a third time, he went to Defendant Young and put his arm over her shoulder. He said words to the effect of “don’t act like you’re hard”.

In response, Defendant Young went to get a gun that was nearby. Meanwhile, Mr Smith walked back to the same car he had gone to earlier in the night. As Mr Smith was at the car, Defendant Young ran toward him and started shooting. Mr Smith attempted to run away but he stumbled and fell. Mr Smith was on the ground and held his hands up in a gesture of surrender. He said to Defendant Young, "Kiesha, come on". Defendant Young ignored his pleas and fired the weapon at Mr Smith approximately three more times.

Mr Smith died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. Sixteen 9mm bullet casings were recovered from the scene.

Defendant Young is scheduled to be sentenced on February 24, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Keydon Levy with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Cleary and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

(Docket #176745)

Posted on Dec 27, 2016