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* Larry Alford and Donisha Rene Allen charged for murder of Demetria Spears in Oakland

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office today charged 21-year-old Larry Alford and Donisha Rene Allen with murder for the shooting death of Alford’s neighbor two weeks ago. Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause declaration filed in court that Alford was involved in an altercation with 21-year-old Demetria Spears, his neighbor, at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of 85th Avenue at about 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 25. He didn’t say what the altercation was about.

Rosin said, “Alford armed himself with a firearm and shot the victim, who succumbed to her injuries and died.” He said Alford also shot and attempted to murder Spears’ 14-year-old cousin, Isaiah DuBose, who is still hospitalized due to injuries he suffered in the shooting. Authorities haven’t disclosed what role Allen allegedly played in the shooting. In addition to the murder charge for Spears’ death, Alford and Allen also were charged with attempted murder for the shooting of DuBose.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said Alford, in an unusual move, turned himself in to police at police headquarters at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. She said he surrendered after investigators had spent hours talking to his wife, other family members and his teachers at a local college. Watson said it was “unique” for Alford to self-surrender and investigators are thankful to his wife, family and teachers for helping to persuade him to do so. Alford and Allen were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court today.

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