A suspect in the shooting death of 28-year-old Maurice Collins during an apartment burglary in Hayward in January was arraigned on a murder charge today. Joseph Conners, a 20-year-old Hayward man who was arrested at his home last Thursday following a five-month investigation, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 4 to enter a plea.
Co-defendant Richard Delosangeles, a 22-year-old Fremont man, who was arrested on May 18 and had previously been arraigned, will join Conners at the Aug. 4 hearing and also is scheduled to enter a plea at that time. According to Hayward police, Collins and his girlfriend were asleep in their apartment in the 29000 block of Vanderbilt Street when they awoke to find two men inside at about 11:40 p.m. on January 4.
The men had climbed a tree that gave them access to a second-story balcony, where they broke into the apartment through a sliding glass patio door, police said. Once inside, the men confronted Collins and his girlfriend. During the confrontation, Collins was fatally shot, police said.
Delosangeles was taken into custody at a San Francisco nightclub on May 18. Police said he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the homicide.
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