A Stockton man has been charged with murder and three other men have been charged with lesser offenses for the shooting death of Mortesse Wayne in East Oakland the night of July 4, authorities said today. Wayne, 23, of Oakland, was found shot in the 5700 block of Elizabeth Street, near Seminary Avenue, at about 9:48 p.m. on July 4 and was pronounced dead at a local hospital two days later.
Oma Lyons, 37, was arrested on a murder warrant by Stockton police and a U.S. Marshals Service task force at his home at 9426 Snow Creek Circle in Stockton at about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a probable cause statement filed in Alameda County Superior Court by Oakland police Officer Bradley Baker. Multiple witnesses identified Lyons as the man who discharged a firearm and struck Wayne in his head, Baker said.
Lyons admitted in an interview with Oakland police that he was at the scene of the murder but then decided he wanted to speak to an attorney so the interview was terminated, Baker said. In addition to murder Lyons is charged with discharging a firearm and causing Wayne’s death, an allegation which could add 25 years to his prison term if he’s convicted of murder. Lyons has three prior felony convictions, one for possessionfor sale of cocaine base and two for possession of marijuana for sale, according to the district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors also charged Purvis Ellis, 27, of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a firearm by a felon. Baker said Ellis was arrested on a warrant at 1759 Seminary Ave. in Oakland on July 27. Baker said Ellis “was identified by name and photo as a person who was discharging a firearm in the air just prior to Wayne being shot and killed by Oma Lyons.” He said Ellis was prohibited from carrying a firearm because he was convicted and sent to prison for possession of drugs for sale. Jason Santana, 33, who was arrested last Tuesday, and Brian Lyons are both charged with being an accessory after the fact to Wayne’s murder.
Authorities were unavailable for comment on whether Brian Lyons is related to Oma Lyons. Baker said Santana “was identified by name and photo as a person that collected expended shell casings from the crime scene after Wayne was shot.” But after Santana was arrested he gave a statement denying he was at the scene when Wayne was shot, according to Baker. Prosecutors charged Santana with having four prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison sentence if he’s found guilty.
His alleged prior offenses are possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, sale and transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of cocaine base. Brian Lyons also is accused of four prior convictions: two for possession of marijuana for sale and one each for possession of a firearm by a felon and sale and transportation of a controlled substance.
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