A man who was found dead behind a business in Newark on Monday morning has been identified as 26-year-old Julius Hughes, a police commander said today.Hughes’ body was found shortly after 7 a.m. Monday in some bushes on an embankment behind a business in the 8000 block of Gateway Boulevard, Newark police Cmdr. Robert Douglas said.No arrests have been made in the case, Douglas said.Police are investigating whether the death is connected to a pool party at a nearby hotel the previous night.At about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Newark police responded to an event held at W Silicon Valley, a hotel at 8200 Gateway Blvd. Between 300 and 400 people were at the event, and hotel management asked Newark police to help disperse the crowd. Newark police asked for assistance from Fremont and Union City police. When officers responded, they heard gunshots coming from the parking lot of either the hotel or an adjacent business that was being used as an overflow lot.No shooting victims were found, and none showed up at area hospitals.An autopsy scheduled for today by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau will help police learn more about how Hughes died, Douglas said.In 2008, Hughes was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a San Francisco man outside a Mission District pot club. He was set free in February 2009 after a criminal grand jury failed to return a murder indictment against him.The victim, Royshawn Holden, 23, was killed on Sept. 14, 2008, outside the Mr. Nice Guy marijuana dispensary.A second man arrested for the shooting, Ijeoma Ogbuagu, was convicted in July 2009, but a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered a new trial in June after finding that the prosecution did not disclose evidence to the jury that called into question the reliability of testimony from a witness.
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