People v. Damarie Jones & John Blacknell

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted co-defendants Damarie Jones and John Blacknell of first degree murder. The jury found defendant Blacknell personally discharged a firearm causing death and that he possessed an unregistered, loaded firearm. On April 3, 2016, the defendants robbed victim Jaccare Vanpelt. The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Idaho Street in Oakland. While both defendants struggled with the victim, a Good Samaritan attempted to intervene. When the Good Samaritan threatened to call the police, defendant Blacknell pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Vanpelt six times in the back. The defendants fled the scene together. The Oakland Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory discovered defendant Jones DNA on the victim’s fingernail clippings. Oakland Police Department Investigators collected evidence from cell phones to corroborate witness identifications and the scientific evidence. DDA Timothy Wagstaffe prosecuted the case along with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Posted on Jul 5, 2019