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* Javonee Deshaun Lumford Charged in Alleged in Antioch Murder of Mark Knight

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Prosecutors charged a parolee with murder today in connection with the March 25 shooting of 16-year-old Antioch resident Mark Knight. Javonee Deshaun Lumford, 22, a resident of Antioch and Brentwood, was charged with one count of murder, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and five counts of attempted murder, Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove said. The shooting happened shortly after 11:10 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 3915 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch, police said. Grove said Knight and several of his cousins were involved in an argument with another group of people over a $12 marijuana debt. Lumford was not involved in the argument and described himself as an onlooker, according to Grove. But at some point during the argument, Lumford claims he heard someone say the word “gun,” Grove said.  He told investigators that he did not see a gun, but claimed that he heard a bullet being chambered, Grove said. Meanwhile, Knight and his cousins decided to leave. The six of them got into their car and were driving out of the parking lot when someone fired seven shots into the back of the car. Prosecutors allege Lumford was the shooter. One of those bullets hit Knight, who was sitting in the back seat, and killed him instantly, police said. Lumford, who Grove said is believed to be a Crips gang member and had only recently been released from the California Youth Authority, later claimed that he fired in self-defense, according to Grove. At the time of the shooting, Lumford was still on parole for an armed robbery conviction. He was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.

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