An Oakland woman pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from a confrontation last July that ended with a friend being killed. Laquisha Allen, 31, is charged with murder for an incident in the 1600 block of 11th Street in West Oakland at about 7:20 p.m. last July 6 that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Tommy Lacy III.
She is charged under the provocative act doctrine, which holds that a suspect can be charged with murder if they engage in reckless or dangerous conduct that provokes a victim to shoot in self-defense and kill someone else. According to a probable cause statement filed in court by Oakland police Officer Bradley Baker, Allen drove her juvenile son and Lacy to 11th and Willow streets last July 6 to confront Marjon Fuller about Allen’s name being brought up in connection with a homicide in Stockton the previous month.
When they saw Fuller standing in front of a liquor store Allen stopped their car and her son got out and confronted Fuller, Baker said. Lacy, Fuller and Allen’s son were all armed with firearms and several shots were exchanged, according to Baker. Lacey was struck in the head with a gunshot and was pronounced dead at the scene, Baker said. Allen then drove with her son away from the scene, according to Baker.
Her son was charged in juvenile court in connection with the shooting. Wearing earrings with her red jail uniform, Allen smiled and laughed while chatting with her attorney while waiting for her brief hearing to begin today. She’s scheduled to return to court on June 10 for a pretrial hearing.
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