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* Mikaele Lui Taito Arrested as 2nd Suspect in Murder of James Newman Jr.

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A second suspect was arrested late this morning in connection with a May homicide in unincorporated Rodeo, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. At about 10:15 p.m. on May 30 sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of gunshots in the 1200 block of Tullibee Court. When they arrived, deputies found 22-year-old Rodeo resident James Newman Jr. suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On June 29, deputies arrested 19-year-old Rodeo resident Anthony Wiley in connection with the shooting, Lee said. At about 11 a.m. today detectives, with help from a California Highway Patrol helicopter, served search and arrest warrants on a residence in the first block of Railroad Avenue in Rodeo, where they arrested  34-year-old Mikaele Lui Taito. Taito was being interviewed this afternoon in connection with Newman’s murder, Lee said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives at (925) 313-2600.

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