People v Anthony L Durant

On January 31, 2017, a jury found Defendant Anthony L Durant guilty of the second degree murder of Christian Sheppard and unlawful firearm activity.

On the afternoon of October 6, 2015, friends Antuan Mason, Christian Sheppard, Kenneth Joubert, and Defendant Anthony L Durant met up at the Rosewood apartment complex in Russell Street, Berkeley. The group decided to play dice, and so they played behind the neighboring apartment complex where dice games occur 1-2 times per week. The four started playing dice and were joined by numerous other people throughout the afternoon.

After about two hours, Mason and Joubert left the game to go to a liquor store. On their way to the store, the two met Joubert's girlfriend. Joubert spoke with her for a few minutes. Eventually, Joubert and Mason were on the way back to the dice game when they heard a large number of gunshots. They two ran back to the Rosewood apartments. From the balcony they saw Christian Sheppard lying on the ground in the area where the dice game had been. Victim Sheppard was moving a little, moaning, and bleeding a lot.

Victim Sheppard was able to call 911 from his cell phone, and told the dispatcher he was shot, but little else. He was still alive when police arrived and they rendered first aid. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at Highland Hospital.

Witnesses had heard Defendant Durant yelling at victim Christian Sheppard, then the sound of gunshots: a few shots were fired, then a brief pause, then more. There was no gap between the argument and the shots, and there were no sounds of a struggle. 16 shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Defendant Anthony L Durant is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Jimmie Wilson with assistance from DA Inspector James Rullamas and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

(Docket #177781)

Posted on Feb 2, 2017