People v Gerald Gipson

A jury found Defendant Gerald A. Gipson guilty of first degree murder with personal use of a firearm causing death enhancements, as well as first degree robbery with personal use of a firearm enhancement. They jury also found Defendant Gipson guilty of two felon in possession of a firearm charges. Defendant Gipson is a six-time convicted felon.

Defendant Gipson was a member of a local criminal street gang. On July 23, 2014, at approximately 3 pm, Defendant Gipson walked up to Timothy Wilson, a known drug dealer in the area, inwho was standing in his driveway in East Oakland. He shot victim Wilson twice – once in the torso and a fatal shot to the head -- before he fled on foot. It is believed that Defendant Gipson targeted Wilson over an inner-feud within the gang stemming from a homicide which occurred years earlier.

A witness to the murder was afraid to talk to the police on the day it happened, but felt compelled to come forward the next day and initiated an interview with investigators from the Oakland Police Department. The witness was able to positively identify Defendant Gipson and described hearing an initial gunshot and then seeing the shooter standing over the victim before shooting the victim in the head.

OPD began a lengthy and involved investigation and on September 25, 2014, undercover surveillance officers established visual contact of Defendant Gipson as he was parked in the Bank of America parking lot near Eastmont Mall. At approximately 10 pm, undercover officers observed Defendant Gipson walk toward a woman who was using the ATM and rob the woman at gunpoint. Officers immediately intervened and arrested Defendant Gipson in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. Ballistics testing later revealed the firearm Defendant Gipson possessed during the robbery was the same weapon used to kill Timothy Wilson.

When Defendant Gipson was questioned regarding the murder of Wilson, Gipson admitted to shooting Wilson but claimed he was acting in self-defense. At trial, the jury did not believe the defense that Defendant Gipson was acting in self-defense or that he may have suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and convicted him as charged.

Defendant Gerald A. Gipson is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16, 2016.

The case was prosecuted by Ben Beltramo with assistance from Victim-Witness Advocate Marina Hammergren and DA Inspectors Lou Cruz, Nicole Elder, and Jason Riechers.

(Docket #176451)

Posted on Jun 30, 2016