General Crime

* Jamie Batiste Antioch Man Convicted For The Murder Of Ex-Girlfriend Faith Blevins At 908 W. Eighth St. On In Oct Of 2007

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Jurors in Martinez convicted a 27-year-old Antioch man of first-degree murder this afternoon for shooting his former girlfriend as she lay in her bed two years ago. Jamie Batiste was also convicted of an enhancement for using a gun to shoot Faith Blevins, 29, six times at close range in the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 2007, inside her home at 908 W. Eighth St. in Antioch.Deputy District Attorney Jason Peck said during opening statements in the trial that Blevins had been told that Batiste was planning to shoot up her house with her children inside.Fearing for their safety, Blevins brought her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son to a friend’s house to stay the night, Peck said. Back in her apartment, Blevins turned off all the lights to make it look like she wasn’t home and eventually she went to bed.Blevins’ roommate was in her room with her daughter when she heard someone kick open the door and then heard shots fired, Peck said. Terrified, she waited until morning and then found Blevins shot to death in her bed. She called police and told them Batiste had killed her, Peck said.Police arrested Batiste the next day and he eventually confessed to killing Blevins, but said he did it in self-defense, Peck said.During his opening statements, Batiste’s attorney Chris Varnell said that police had coerced Batiste into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. He argued that there was as much evidence against Batiste as there was against his friend, Jose Hernandez, who allegedly drove Batiste to Blevins’ house.Batiste is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez. He could be sentenced to up to 50 years to life in prison, according to Peck.

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