People v Melvin Allen

On July 25th, 2018, a jury found defendant Melvin Allen guilty of the murder of Dominique Johnson. The jury further concluded that the murder was premeditated, deliberate and of the first degree.

The crime occurred on December 23, 2017. The defendant and his girlfriend were staying in a tent underneath the I-980 overpass on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland. Around 10:30pm while the couple was inside Mr. Johnson jostled the tent from the outside. The defendant yelled out of the tent window at the victim and confronted him. Mr. Johnson and the defendant, unable to resolve their dispute, agreed to fight. After the fight, the defendant and his girlfriend walked to another location when they noticed Mr. Johnson walking towards them. The defendant had a concealed gun in his jacket pocket and, without a word, shot the victim once in the center of the chest from five to six feet away, killing him.

The case was heard in front of the honorable Judge Gloria Rhynes. Judge Rhynes sentenced Defendant to 50 years to life on August 22nd, 2018.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Mark Bennett following an excellent investigation by Sgt. Bradley Baker and Officer Kris McClain of OPD. DA Inspectors Cleary, Delahunty and Won also all greatly helped on this case.

Posted on Aug 29, 2018