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* Oakland, Prosecutors Ask For Murder Conviction For Ahkin Mills In The Killing Of Jason Jackson Andrade At The Emeryville Amtrak station

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A prosecutor asked jurors today to convict a 35-year-old Modesto man of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Jason Jackson Andrade at the Emeryville Amtrak station four years ago. In her closing argument in Mills’ trial in Alameda County Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney Connie Campbell said she believes Ahkin Mills lied on the witness stand when he testified that he shot Andrade in the incident shortly before 5 p.m. on April 21, 2005, because he thought Andrade was reaching into his pocket for a gun.Campbell said Andrade, a 27-year-old Sacramento man who worked in the kitchen at the University of California at Davis Medical Center, was “a quiet young man” who had been visiting family members in Richmond and had been peacefully minding his own business at the train station when Mills approached him and confronted him.Campbell said she also believes that Mills lied when he testified that Andrade had told him that he belonged to a West Oakland gang, saying that Andrade didn’t look or act like a gang member.The prosecutor said, “It’s outrageous enough to kill him the way he did, but then he (Mills) takes the witness stand and puts those outrageous words in Jason’s mouth.”Mills’ attorney, Assistant Public Defender Marvin Lew,admitted in his closing argument on Wednesday that Mills “is not innocent” and is “guilty of a crime.”But Lew said he believes that Mills should only be convicted of manslaughter, not murder, because he from a paranoid delusional disorder in which he interprets minor or benign situations as grave threats.Lew said Mills “arrived at the train station that day sleep-deprived and disorganized and fearing that all these people were trying to get him and they were getting closer.”The defense lawyer said Mills believed that his life was in danger because a Modesto gang leader thought that Mills had snitched on him.Lew said Mills’ fears had “a basis in reality” but Mills “just takes them completely out of proportion.”But Campbell said today that Mills’ belief that his life was in danger in Modesto “doesn’t apply when you go to the Emeryville train station and run into a complete stranger.”Campbell also said, “It’s impossible to believe you’re in imminent peril when there’s a man running away from you and you shoot him in the back.”Lew told jurors that “sophistication is the last word that I would use to describe Mr. Mills” and said he lacked the capacity and guile to pretend that he suffers from mental problems.But Campbell said she believes that Mills has “a criminallysophisticated mind” because he had also out a well-planned armed robbery in Sacramento.Campbell said Mills shot at Andrade 11 times, re-loading his gun twice, and struck him with six bullets.The prosecutor said she doesn’t have to prove a motive for the shooting, but said a possible reason is that Mills may have wanted to kill someone as part of a gang initiation rite or to make people fear him in Modesto. She said Mills was armed with a gun and ammunition and appeared to be set to commit a crime.Campbell said, “He (Mills) did it because he wanted to. Why he wanted to, I don’t know.”She quoted a witness to the shooting incident as saying of Andrade, “He was such a nice young man. All he was trying to do was get home.”Many family members of both Andrade and Mills have attended the trial.Jurors began deliberating Mills’ fate after their lunch break today.

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