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A Hayward man has been convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting another man in a dispute over a drug deal in August 2010. An Alameda County Superior Court jury delivered its verdict against Aaron Chandra, 22, on Thursday in connection with the death of 28-year-old Osana Saga in the 5000 block of Cottage Park Drive in Hayward at 4:11 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2010.
Jurors also convicted Chandra of using a gun to kill Saga and of possession of marijuana for sale. Chandra faces a state prison term of 40 years to life when he’s sentenced by Judge Kevin Murphy on March 28. Prosecutor Brian Owens said Chandra had sold about $800 worth of marijuana to Saga but Saga didn’t think he got as much marijuana for that price as he should have so he confronted Chandra in his driveway and struck Chandra in his face.
Chandra then pulled out a loaded pistol and fired three shots at Saga, striking him once in his upper chest, Owens said. Saga ran to the end of the block but then collapsed and died, he said. The prosecutor said he didn’t ask the jury to convict Chandra of first-degree murder but thinks second-degree murder is an appropriate outcome in the case, even though Saga struck Chandra before Chandra opened fire.
“You don’t pull out a gun at a fistfight,” Owens said. Chandra’s lawyer, Todd Bequette, couldn’t be reached for comment. Owens said Bequette asked jurors to find Chandra not guilty because he thinks Chandra acted in self-defense.
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