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* Cassidy O’Connor identified as man charged for shooting death of Hyman Taylor Jr. former University of San Francisco basketball player

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An Oakland man was charged with murder today for the shooting death of former University of San Francisco basketball player Hyman Taylor Jr. during what prosecutors believe was a failed attempt to rob a marijuana dealer.The shooting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday in the parking lot of the Ikea furniture store at the border of Emeryville and Oakland.Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers identified the man charged in Taylor’s death as 20-year-old Cassidy O’Connor. Rogers said Taylor, O’Connor, a 27-year-old San Francisco man and a fourth person, a woman, arranged to meet a female marijuana dealer in the Ikea parking lot.Rogers said O’Connor, Taylor and the two others planned to steal a large quantity of marijuana from the dealer but when they started to do so, the woman’s male protector, who had been lurking in nearby bushes, fired at Taylor’s group, hitting Taylor and the San Francisco man.Taylor, 23, of Oakland, was pronounced dead at the scene and the San Francisco man was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Rogers said the man is expected to survive but is still so badly hurt that he can’t talk.Taylor and the San Francisco man were both armed with guns but it isn’t clear if they fired shots, Rogers said.Although O’Connor is not suspected of shooting anyone, Rogers said he charged him with homicide under a state law that considers it murder to participate in a felony in which someone is killed.The Ikea store’s entrance is at 4400 Shellmound St. in Emeryville but its parking lot is in Oakland, so Oakland police investigated the crime.The investigation led to O’Connor, who admitted his involvement in the alleged robbery gone wrong, Rogers said.The woman who was with Taylor, O’Connor and the San Francisco man was cooperative with police and gave a statement, Rogers said. She’s being held in custody for violating her probation in another case, he said.The female dealer and her male protector haven’t yet been located, Rogers said.A .22-caliber gun that was registered to Taylor was found next to his body, according to Rogers.O’Connor was scheduled to be arraigned at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland today on murder and robbery charges. Rogers said Taylor, O’Connor and their two accomplices hooked up with the drug dealer through an online medical marijuana marketplace called Budtrader.com.Taylor, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound center who last played for its basketball team in the 2008-09 season. A USF spokesman said today that Taylor had been pursuing a degree in sociology but never graduated.

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  • FREE CASSIDY O’ CONNOR! The man was only trying to protect his woman during a transaction that under normal circumstances would be legal! How is he supposed to know that these are criminals instead of legitimate cannabis proprietors. The story clearly states that, “Taylor fired his .22-caliber handgun”, and that, “the woman’s protector returned fire”. That’s how it’s done in The Bay. No football player is going to rob a woman just because shes selling weed, medical cannabis; medicine. Essentially if you shoot at someone in Richmond selling “medicine”, you are most definitely going to be killed. Especially with a .22, I’m sure the defendant was carrying at least a .38, and he has every right too, what would happen if he didn’t? The female and Connor would be the ones dead. Has the judge heard of something known as self-defense? I don’t give a damn what’s he’s defending as long as his LIFE is included in that list. He was doing a public service by saving the poor lady and himself, and certainly any other user of the site “budtrader” who just as easily could of been victims of these criminals.

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