On August 5, 2021, a jury convicted Marius Dante Robinson, 48, of the second-degree murder of Robert Ellis Coleman, 43.

On July 2, 2020, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the defendant’s wife got into a verbal argument with Mr. Coleman at a grocery store near the corner of International Boulevard and 74th Avenue. After the argument, Mr. Coleman left the area. However, the defendant’s wife walked home to 74th Avenue and told the defendant about the argument. In response, the defendant armed himself with a .45 caliber semiautomatic firearm and went out in search of Mr. Coleman. Video surveillance showed the defendant searching for Mr. Coleman on foot in the area of the grocery store where the argument occurred. That surveillance showed the defendant “clutching” the waist of his pants where the apparent outline of a gun was visible.

After failing to find Mr. Coleman in the area, the defendant got into his car and began driving around the neighborhood in search of Mr. Coleman. After nearly half an hour, the defendant located Mr. Coleman at the corner of International Boulevard and 72nd Ave. A witness from the scene observed the defendant pull his car up near Mr. Coleman, get out, and shoot his .45 caliber gun at Mr. Coleman. Mr. Coleman was struck multiple times and died at the scene.

“Revenge was the fuel that ignited this defendant’s burning desire to murder Mr. Coleman in a cold-blooded assassination on the streets of Oakland,” said Deputy District Attorney Adam McConney during his closing argument.

The defendant was also convicted of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing death, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

District Attorney Inspector Caesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Tabian Lee assisted with the case.

Posted on Aug 6, 2021