1981 Cold Case: Special Circumstance Murder Charged

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has filed murder charges against Jewel Collins for the 1981 killing and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in West Oakland.

On the morning of December 24, 1981, the victim was found in a dirt lot next to Lowell Park. She suffered fatal stab wounds and showed signs of having been sexually assaulted. Biological evidence collected at the time of the murder was later matched to the defendant when Nevada uploaded his DNA profile to the national database in 2019.

“The Oakland Police Department and the FBI never gave up on solving this tragic killing,” says DA O’Malley. “The young victim’s family has had to endure decades of grief and we hope that this prosecution will provide at least a sense of closure and relief that justice will be served.”

"FBI San Francisco assisted the Oakland Police Department with this investigation as part of the FBI’s Cold Case Initiative in Oakland. The FBI has dedicated federal resources, such as forensic lab services, to help OPD and the Alameda County DA’s office bring justice to families who have suffered the ultimate loss."

The defendant was serving a prison sentence in Nevada at the time this case was charged. He has been extradited from Nevada to California to face this charge in Alameda County. The defendant arrived in Alameda County from Nevada on Friday, April 17, 2020. By law, he has the right to have his trial begin within 120 days of his arrival, however, today he waived that right and the matter was set for entry of plea of May 8, 2020.

The defendant was arraigned on April 24 and is represented by the public defender.

Posted on Apr 28, 2020