PEOPLE V DEANGELO CORTIJO

On May 25, 2021, a jury convicted Defendant Deangelo Cortijo of second-degree murder for the killing of Jamad Jerkins, 26, of Oakland, in October 2016.

The jury also found true the special allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm during the commission of the crime.

Cortijo and Jerkins knew one another, as Jerkins had dated his sister. The night of Oct. 24, 2016 Jerkins went over to Cortijo’s sister’s apartment in Oakland as she told Jerkins he could spend the night. The sister told Jerkins she would not have any problems with her brother, Cortijo, who was at her home. But when Jerkins arrived, no one answered the front door.

While Jerkins waited for someone to pick him up, Cortijo slipped out the back balcony door, climbed over a short wall and into the front parking lot. He met with a witness, Patrick Tinsley, who was smoking a cigarette in the parking lot. Cortijo asked him if he knew the guy waiting at his sister’s apartment. During the conversation, he made the comment to Tinsley that he was going to “pop” someone. This was overheard by two nearby witnesses.

As Jerkins’ ride arrived, he began walking out to the street. As he walked through the parking lot, Cortijo saw him. He immediately walked directly to Jerkins, and began yelling commands. He then pulled out a loaded revolver and pointed it at the victim’s head. Jerkins was visibly scared, and said something to the effect of “come on brah,” and used one hand to push the revolver downwards. Shortly after, the firearm was discharged, striking Jerkins in the abdomen.

Jerkins collapsed, and as Cortijo stood five feet away, told Jerkins to leave. Jerkins got up and hobbled to his awaiting ride, and was driven to the hospital. He died the next day.

Cortijo fled and lied that evening about his involvement in the incident, at first claiming two other individuals came up and began shooting and he was just a witness.

At the time of Cortijo’s arrest, he was well-known in the community as a youth criminal justice reform advocate.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Vaccarezza tried the case with the assistance of Inspector Eugene Guerrero.

Posted on May 26, 2021