A convicted drug dealer and another man pleaded not guilty today to murder and attempted murder charges for a shooting at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in East Oakland on Aug. 16. Anthony Paige, 27, who previously was convicted of drug-related charges, and Terry Austin, 27, are accused in the killing of 25-year-old Demariae Clay and the wounding of Karianna Valentina Threets while the victims were waiting for food in the drive-through lane of the restaurant at 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard at about 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 16. The victims were in Threets’ Lexus with Clay driving, according to Oakland police.
Officer Robert Trevino said in a probable cause statement filed in court that a witness saw Paige and Austin jump over a fence from the 1400 block of 72nd Avenue into the KFC parking lot. The witness then saw both suspects brandish handguns, approach the victims’ car and then shoot into the car, according to Trevino. Paige and Austin got into an awaiting vehicle and fled the scene, the witness told police. However, the witness saw the suspects drop a piece of evidence and when police tested a laten fingerprint on it the print matched Paige’s prints, Trevino said.
Paige was arrested for murder and taken into custody on Sept. 4. Austin was arrested on Nov. 21. Trevino said when Paige was interviewed on Sept. 4 he denied being in the area of the restaurant at the time of the shooting but when he was re-interviewed on Sept. 6 he admitted to showing up at the shooting scene but only after the shooting had taken place. Police didn’t disclose the nature of the piece of evidence that they believe connects Paige to the shooting. In addition to murder and attempted murder, Paige is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and of having two prior felony convictions, one in 2010 was for selling a controlled substance and one in 2005 was for selling or transporting marijuana. Paige and Austin are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 14 for a pretrial hearing.
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