People v Andre Poole

On May 11, 2017, a jury found Defendant Andre Poole guilty of first degree murder. The jury found the special circumstance that the murder occurred while the defendant was in the commission of a robbery and also found Defendant Poole guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On January 1, 2015, Defendant Poole arrived at a gas station on Bancroft Avenue in East Oakland with three other men. The victim, 23-year-old Derrick Williams, approached Defendant Poole and two of the other men and asked them if they were interested in purchasing Xanax pills. Defendant Poole agreed and told Mr Williams that he wanted approximately twenty pills. Defendant Poole and the men returned to the van they arrived in, and motioned for the Mr Williams to come over to the van.

The victim walked over to the van with the Xanax pills in his hand, and Defendant Poole took out a semiautomatic gun with an extended clip. At gunpoint, he proceeded to take the Xanax pills and also snatched two gold chains off of the victim’s neck. An accomplice, who was also armed, stood outside the van and watched the robbery take place. After the chains were stolen, Mr Williams pulled out his own gun. Defendant Poole shot Mr Williams four times and his accomplice fired in the direction of another person who had arrived at the gas station with the victim. That person then returned fire. The robbery was captured on video surveillance from the gas station.

Defendant Andre Poole is scheduled to be sentenced on August 4, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Peter McGuiness, with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

(Docket #177413)

Posted on May 30, 2017