An Oakland man pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of a Pittsburg man whose body was found in a car near an East Oakland park last October. Kenyus Walker, 33, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on June 17 for a pretrial hearing. Oakland police Officer Eric Milina said in a probable cause statement filed in court that Walker was arrested in East Oakland in March after an eyewitness identified him in a photo lineup as being the person who fatally shot 39-year-old Billy Brooks during an argument on Oct. 7.
Brooks’ body was found in a parked car in the 2400 block of Ritchie Street, near Arroyo Viejo Park, later that same day. Milna said the shooting was the result of a verbal dispute. Charged with being accomplices after the fact for allegedly helping dispose of Brooks’ body are Karnell Marshall, 41, Tameka Tolliver, 38, and Anthony Allen, 49, all of Oakland.
Allen also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and Marshall is charged with having nine prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison sentence if he’s convicted. Walker has been in custody without bail but Judge Carrie Panetta today agreed with his attorney, Thomas Broome, that Walker is eligible for bail. However, Panetta set Walker’s bail at the high level of $5 million, which she said is the normal amount for a suspect charged with murder and using a gun to kill someone.
In arguing that Walker is eligible for bail, Broome said it’s possible that Brooks was killed by one of the other defendants in the case, as Walker has denied being involved. Referring to Marshall, Tolliver and Allen, Broome said, “There’s no reason to believe they weren’t the perpetrators of the crime because they’re felons and drug dealers.
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