People v Ayodele Patterson

On September 1, 2016, Defendant Ayodele Patterson was convicted of first degree murder and burglary special circumstance for the killing of 80-year-old Ms. Carolyn June Pavon in 2010.

On June 26, 2010, Defendant Ayodele Patterson, Defendant Donnie Howard and Defendant Lionel Harris planned to commit a residential burglary in Hayward. Defendants Patterson and Howard lived in the neighborhood and pre-selected June Pavon’s house as the target of their armed home invasion. Defendant Harris lived in Oakland and had never been to Ms. Pavon’s home. She was a widow and lived alone with her 15-year old Border Collie named Nikki. Several weeks earlier, Ms. Pavon's home had been burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend.

On the walk to Ms. Pavon’s home, Defendant Howard and Defendant Harris could see that Defendant Patterson was armed with his sawed off .22 rifle on the walk to Ms. Pavon’s home. When the three defendants arrived at the house, Howard and Patterson started working on the point of entry: the pedestrian door to the garage. Defendant Harris went to the back of the house and looked in through the kitchen window. He saw Ms. Pavon getting a drink of water at the kitchen sink.

Defendant Harris ran back to warn Defendants Patterson and Howard that they should come back another time because the lady was home. Ms. Pavon was sitting on her couch reading a romance novel. When Defendant Harris tried to convince Defendant Patterson to stop the home invasion and come back later, Patterson said “I’m going to lay her down!”.

Ms. Pavon was shot four times in the chest and face at very close range. Defendant Patterson started picking up expended casings off the floor and demanded that Defendant Harris help him gather the spent casings. Defendant Harris told him he was crazy for what he just did and left the house. The defendants completely ransacked Ms. Pavon's home, and dropped money and jewelry as they left.

Defendant Donnie Tony Howard was convicted on December 7, 2015, and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Defendant Lionel J Harris pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in September 2015 and sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Senior DDA Angela Backers with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo and Victim-Witness Advocates Lindsay Reynolds, Elena Langer and Jenifer Mello.

(Docket #H56262)

Posted on Sep 16, 2016