An Oakland man was charged with murder today for the shooting death last week of a Virginia man in downtown Oakland who was visiting the Bay Area for a job interview at Google. Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers said he also charged George Huggins, 24, with the special circumstance of committing a murder during an attempted robbery, which could make him eligible for the death penalty. Huggins was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.
Rogers said authorities believe Huggins fired the shots that killed 45-year-old Jinghong Kang during an apparent robbery on July 18. Kang had been walking to his car with a female friend at about 11:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Webster Street. Huggins’ girlfriend, 33-year-old Althea Housley of Oakland, allegedly accompanied him and was charged with murder and arraigned on
Tuesday. She was scheduled to return to court today to be assigned an attorney and possibly enter a plea. Housley was arrested at 2120 Curtis St. in Oakland at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday. Huggins was arrested at the same location at 2:35 p.m. on Monday. On the night of the shooting, Kang had driven to downtown Oakland to have his teeth cleaned by the female friend, who is a dental hygienist, in preparation for an interview at Google the next day. The two were heading to Kang’s rental car from the dental office
when two suspects approached them and demanded money, police said. Both Kang and the woman were pushed to the ground, and the woman heard gunshots. Homicide investigator Sgt. Mike Gantt said the woman heard Kang tell the suspects before he was shot that he only had $17. Rogers said that in addition to charging Huggins and Housley with murder in connection with Kang’s shooting, he also charged them with attempted robbery. He said he also charged both defendants with another two counts of robbery for a similar robbery and shooting that occurred in the 1700 block of Telegraph Avenue on June 21. A man and a woman, both 26, were sitting in a parked car early that morning when the man was robbed of his car keys and shot, police said. The victim survived his injuries. Rogers said Huggins was also charged with inflicting great bodily injury in the June 21 incident, an enhancement that could add 25 years to his prison term if he’s convicted. Rogers said Housley admitted to being involved in both robberies but said she didn’t have a gun in either incident. She claimed she didn’t know anyone would be shot.
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