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Robert Drawn Charged with Alleged Murder of Waleed Wheatfall in 2011

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A man appeared in court today on charges that he killed one man and wounded another in East Oakland in broad daylight in September 2011. Robert Drawn, 33, is charged with murder for the death of 35-year-old Waleed Wheatfall and for allegedly wounding a second man in a shooting in a parking lot of a store in the 5700 block of Foothill Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2011.

But Drawn didn’t enter a plea today because his attorney, Robert Shipway of the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, said he needs more time to review the evidence in the case. Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta agreed to postpone Drawn’s plea entry until April 22. Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause statement filed in court that Drawn, who was arrested last month, was identified as the man who shot both Wheatfall and the other victim in the case, who survived.

Rosin said the shooting was captured on a surveillance video and when police searched Drawn’s vehicle, which was left at the crime scene, they found an SKS assault rifle and Drawn’s DNA and other evidence connecting him to the shooting.

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