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An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for a shooting in West Oakland last August in which a 46-year-old man was killed and a 7-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet. Maurice Barrow, a 27-year-old Oakland man, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on March 18 for a preliminary hearing at which a judge will determine if there’s enough evidence against him to order him to stand trial.
The charges against Barrow stem from an incident in the 700 block of Sycamore Street at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 24 in which Otis Lee Key was killed, the boy was grazed with a bullet and at least one shot was fired toward another alleged victim. Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause statement filed in court that a victim and a witness identified Barrow as being one of at least two shooters who came to the area armed with firearms and opened fire on a group of people who were standing in the area. Barrow is the only person who has been arrested and charged in the case.
Rosin said Key suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene and the boy also suffered a gunshot wound but survived the assault. In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, Barrow is charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and of having three prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison term if he’s convicted. Prosecutors said his prior convictions are for second-degree robbery, possession for sale of cocaine base and grand theft.
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