People v Diantay Powell

On May 12, 2016, Diantay Powell was convicted of the first degree murder of 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain and second degree murder of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel.

In early morning hours of November 25, 2012 – Thanksgiving weekend - the two victims, Defendant Powell, and two other young men had been socializing in a car driven by one of the other men. Defendant Powell took a phone call from his girlfriend. When he hung up, he told the victims to get out of the car because the girlfriend would be coming to get him.

When the girls refused, Defendant Powell yanked Bobbie out of the back seat of the car. She responded by slapping him, and he struck her, causing her to fall to the ground. Raquel got out of the car and verbally confronted Defendant Powell for hitting her best friend. Defendant Powell responded with, “[Expletive], I’ll knock you out too!”.

Defendant Powell shot Raquel at close range in the head with a 9mm Beretta that held a 30-round extended clip. Bobbie immediately pleaded with Defendant Powell multiple times, and said to him “I won’t tell anybody,” as she started to run away. But Defendant Powell chased her down the street, and fired at least 20 shots at her. Bobbie died from 13 gunshot wounds – nearly entirely in her back and buttocks – as well as one graze wound and a few shots to the purse she was carrying.

Due to the true finding of the multiple murder special circumstance, Defendant Diantay Powell will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at his July 29, 2016, sentencing.

The case was prosecutued by DDA Melissa Dooher with assistance from DA Inspector Blair Alexander and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Posted on May 13, 2016