People v. Tikisha Upshaw

On December 19, a jury convicted Tikisha Upshaw of First Degree Murder for the July 13th shooting of Adan Katami.

Adan Katami was shot six times while he sat inside his vehicle, stopped at a red light in Hayward. Alameda County sheriff’s apprehended the alleged shooter within ten minutes of the murder. On the shooter’s phone were text messages indicating that someone had hired him to commit the murder. Over the next few weeks of the investigation, Sheriff’s detectives learned that Katami had a business partner named Tikisha Upshaw. The two were attempting to open a cannabis dispensary in San Francisco, however, they had a rift in their business relationship as the planning commission date neared. Upshaw hired an associate of her family in Memphis, Tennessee to drive out to California and kill Katami. A complex investigation into several phone numbers associated with the shooter’s phone led to the discovery of pre-paid mobile phones which were linked to Upshaw. Upshaw testified in her own defense and claimed to have nothing to do with the murder. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Gaidos.

Posted on Dec 19, 2019