May 2019

People v. Garcia May 30, 2019

On May 29, 2019, a jury convicted Anicasio Garcia of second degree murder for the killing of Nelson Diaz Velasquez, based on the events of May 27, 2016 when the defendant stabbed Mr. Velasquez in his heart. That night, Mr. Velasquez had been on a date with his girlfriend. When he drove her home, the defendant was waiting for them. After dropping his girlfriend off, Mr. Velasquez waited in his car for the woman to get inside. The defendant approached him with the murder weapon in hand and stabbed him in the chest, penetrating his chest wall through to his pericardium, damaging his left ventricle and the heart itself. Mr. Velasquez eventually collapsed in the parking lot across the street from his girlfriend's apartment while good Samaritans tried to help.

That night Mr. Velasquez succumbed to the serious injury and was pronounced dead. After the stabbing, the defendant fled the scene, discarded the murder weapon, but was eventually apprehended. When interviewed by the Oakland Police Department, the defendant admitted to stabbing the victim with a knife, but claimed he did not intend to kill him. The jury found that he committed murder when his actions led to the unlawful death of Mr. Velasquez. This case was prosecuted by DDA Charly Weissenbach with the assistance of Inspector Brian Delahunty and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2019.

People v. Dennis Ray Eagle May 15, 2019

A jury has found Dennis Ray Eagle guilty of 1st degree murder in the October 28, 1979 death of Betty Jean Elias. The defendant was also found guilty of the alleged special circumstance of rape in the commission of that murder. Ms. Elias was found dead in her hotel room on San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. She had been violently beaten, she had defensive wounds on her hands, and the coroner determined she had been strangled to death.

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People v. Kawan Hardy May 15, 2019

On May 6, 2019 a jury convicted Kawan Hardy of assault with a semi-automatic firearm with intentional discharge, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and additional gun possession charges. On September 14 of 2018, Mr. Hardy ran into the busy intersection of 90th Avenue and Olive Street in Oakland where he fired his gun at a car driving by. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William Layne along with the assistance of Inspector Caesar Basa. Kawan Hardy is scheduled for sentencing on June 10, 2019 in Department 3.

People v. Follings & Mendoza May 10, 2019

On May 9, 2019, a jury found defendant Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza guilty of first degree murder, gang and gun allegations, with special circumstances of the murder of a witness, Daniel Deltoro.

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DA’s Office Receives Prestigious National Award May 8, 2019

The National Association of Counties (NACo) issues annual awards for innovative programs that stand out and can be replicated in other counties across America. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s Real Estate Fraud Protection Program has been awarded NACo’s 2019 Achievement Award. This program is a multi-pronged approach to protecting vulnerable residents from fraud and preventing unscrupulous individuals from preying on elder and financial at-risk homeowners.

The program seeks to cover multiple fronts through innovative education and outreach strategies that include multi-lingual materials and proactive approaches that stop fraudulent actions before foreclosure proceedings, scams or crimes take hold. The program also trains a wide array of professionals and residents on the issues surrounding real estate fraud and foreclosure proceedings.

For additional information visit our Real Estate Fraud page.

People v. Fareed Traylor May 6, 2019

On May 2, 2019 a jury convicted Fareed Traylor of four counts of Oral Copulation with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Sexual Intercourse with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts of a Child Age 14. The defendant sexually assaulted Jane Doe from the time she was 7 through 14. The sexual assaults occurred on a weekly basis as the defendant and Jane Doe moved to different cities including Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward.

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District Attorney Diversity Recruitment May 2, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The California District Attorneys Association Foundation has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider becoming prosecutors and fostering greater diversity in district attorney’s offices throughout the state.

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