People v Hasson William Hedgepeth

Recently, a jury found Defendant Hasson William Hedgepeth guilty of first degree murder with an enhancement for the personal an intentional use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, as well as attempted voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for use of a firearm.

On October 4, 2013, at about 8:30 pm, Defendant Hasson Hedgepeth met up with victims Philip Montenegro and Brandon Smith in the 2900 Block of 106th Avenue in Oakland. Defendant Hedgepeth enticed the victims to meet by offering to sell "syrup" to them for $500. Defendant Hedgepeth attempted to sell the victims the purported "syrup" but the victims discovered that the "syrup" was not the agreed upon type.

At this point, Defendant Hedgepeth pulled out a gun and shot Philip Montenegro in the chest. He then fired the gun at Brandon Smith, also striking him in the chest. Brandon turned and ran to a nearby neighbor's home and received help. As Philip Montenegro lay dying on the ground, Defendant Hedgepeth bent over and went through Philip's pockets. Defendant Hedgepeth then stood up and fired two more times into Philip as he lay on the ground. Defendant took $500 in cash and Philip's phone, then fled the area.

Initially, Defendant Hedgepeth claimed an alibi and attempted to force an innocent young woman to provide the alibi. She refused. At trial, Defendant Hedgepeth claimed self-defense. The jury rejected this second fabrication.

Defendant Hasson William Hedgepeth is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Butch Ford with assistance from DA Inspector Cesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Maria Suniga.

(Docket #174868)

Posted on Sep 6, 2017