People v. Damien Robinson

On April 9, 2019, a jury convicted Defendant, Damien Robinson, of two counts of second degree murder, and one count of voluntary manslaughter. Defendant Robinson was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of his father, Darryl Robinson. Defendant was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of Benjamin Williams. Defendant was convicted of voluntary manslaughter with an allegation of the use of a firearm in the shooting death of Raymond Garza. Defendant was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 23, 2015, Defendant was at his father's home in North Oakland, along with his father, Darryl Robinson, family friend Benjamin Williams, family friend Raymond Garza, and his Uncle. When Raymond Garza walked into the kitchen of the home, Defendant followed him and shot him at close range. Defendant then walked into the living room and shot his father, Darryl Robinson, as well as Benjamin Williams. Defendant's Uncle fled the home and called 911. Police arrived on scene minutes later and attempted to enter the home, but Defendant denied them entry. Defendant then called his sisters and informed them that he had just killed his father and the two other men, because they "we're trying to set him up". Defendant surrendered from the home after a two hour stand-off with police. A firearm was located hidden in the inside of a reclining chair in the home. Ballistics testing confirmed that it was the murder weapon, and DNA testing excluded the victims as possible contributors to DNA located on the gun. No motive beyond Defendant's statements to his sisters was ever determined.

This case was prosecuted by DDA John Ullom with assistance from District Attorney's Inspector Joseph McNiff, Oakland Police Department Sergeant Leonel Sanchez, and Victim Witness Advocate Marina Hammergren.

Posted on Apr 10, 2019