*Oakland Women Testifies That Kenneth Washington Of Fairfield Raped Her He Also Murdered 19-Year-Old Jessica Birden
Published by Staff Writer on April 16, 2009
An Oakland woman testified today that a man described by police as a sexual predator raped her and threatened to kill her on Christmas Eve 2007.Taking the witness stand in the trial of 31-year-old Kenneth Washington of Fairfield, the woman, who was 19 at the time and was identified in court as Jane Doe, said she met Washington on the street while she was on her way to a recording studio in East Oakland on Dec. 23, 2007, and agreed to meet him the next day.Jane Doe said Washington picked her up at her friend’s house, drove her to the Oakland hills and then they wound up at a house in East Oakland.The woman said Washington was “really friendly and helpful” and was “a good listener” as she talked about her life but he suddenly turned angry when she sang a rap song that she had just composed that mentioned a prison gang.Jane Doe said Washington forced her to take off her clothes and then forced her to have sex with him.She said Washington then ordered her to take a bath with him.Jane Doe said that when she asked why, Washington said, “This is so when I kill you they won’t find my DNA.”Washington is charged with sexually assaulting the young woman but the most serious charge against him is that he murdered 19-year-old Jessica Birden, whose badly-beaten body was found by a hiker on a trail in the King Estates recreation area off Crest Avenue in Oakland shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2008.Birden died three days later.Washington, who has a prior manslaughter conviction in Contra Costa County, was arrested in Vacaville on Jan. 4, 2008.Oakland police Cmdr. Jeff Loman said at a news conference four days later that police arrested Washington just in time, as a 16-year-old girl was with him and police believe he planned to attack her as well.Loman described Washington as “a violent predator.”
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