Two alleged gang members have been charged with murder in connection with the 2008 killing of an acquaintance in Pittsburg, a Contra Costa County prosecutor said today. Prosecutors filed murder charges this week against 34-year-old Derrick Harper and 38-year-old Joseph Bradshaw for the fatal shooting of Antioch man Jesse Saucedo, 35, on Aug. 14, 2008, according to Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox.
Both were also charged with gang enhancements and the special circumstances allegation that the killing took place during the course of a robbery. Knox said Harper allegedly fired the shots that killed Saucedo. Both men have histories of alleged violent crimes, and Bradshaw is currently serving a 10-year state prison sentence in connection with a robbery conviction, Knox said.
She said Pittsburg police detectives’ diligence in continuing the investigation into the nearly five-year-old murder led to the charges. “They were so dedicated to the investigation and bringing justice for Jesse Saucedo,” the prosecutor said. Harper is scheduled to appear in court in Martinez on April 17.
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