People v. Kali Ponder

On September 19, 2019, a jury found the defendant guilty of Second Degree Murder, Assault with a Firearm and Shooting into an Inhabited House while intentionally discharging a firearm causing death.

On April 10, 2016, victim, Lakeya Venson, was celebrating her daugther and niece's birthdays with a surprise slumber party in East Oakland. Nearly 15 children, ages 5-13, along with numerous parents were enjoying the party when it was interrupted by the defendant pulling up in a vehicle, getting out, and shooting towards the individuals standing out in front of the house. One of the bullets struck and killed Ms. Venson in the back as she turned and ran for safety. Oakland Police Department Detectives found that defendant was responsible when the gun used in the killing of Ms. Venson was used six days later in the city of Richmond. Defendant testified that he mistakenly identified the victim's fiance as being involved in a prior robbery of the defendant's friend.

The defendant will be sentenced on November 15, 2019.

This case was prosecuted by DDA William Layne with the assistance of Inspector Caesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Posted on Sep 24, 2019