A murder charge has been dismissed against a man who was accused of fatally stabbing his 71-year-old father in East Oakland three years ago. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta dismissed the charge against Kristien Tabora, 31, at a brief hearing on Monday after Deputy District Attorney Colleen McMahon said there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute him for the death of Edward Tabora, his father. Edward Tabora, who had lived in San Francisco, was found stabbed to death at an apartment at 10415 Graffian St. in Oakland at 11:08 a.m. on March 21, 2010. Kristien Tabora, who police said has a history of mental illness, had been arrested the previous day, March 20, 2010, in connection with a robbery of a store in the 2000 block of Market Street in San Francisco. San Francisco police said Tabora had a history with their department and apparently stole a pack of cigarettes at knifepoint. Tabora was armed with two knives when he was arrested for his father’s murder, according to a probable cause statement filed by Oakland police. In March 2010 Oakland police didn’t identify Tabora as a suspect or a person of interest in the death of his father but he eventually was charged with murder on Sept. 15, 2010. The police statement said Simmah Tabora, Edward Tabora’s daughter and Kristien Tabora’s sister, reported both of them missing to San Francisco police on March 19, 2010. She told San Francisco police that she hadn’t heard from her father in three days and that was unusual because normally they would make contact daily, according to the report.
Edward Tabora was found dead two days after the missing persons report was filed when San Francisco police asked Oakland police to conduct a security check at the Graffian Street apartment. The criminal complaint that was filed against Kristien Tabora said it is believed that his father died sometime between March 15, 2010, and March 19, 2010, but it didn’t list a specific date. According to the probable cause statement, Oakland police investigators learned that Edward and Kristien Tabora were temporarily living together at the Graffian Street location. Investigators also learned that Kristien Tabora “had a history of mental illness as well as documented physical abuse reports where he was accused of assaulting his father,” the statement said. In an incident in October 2009, Tabora was shot by San Francisco police officers while attempting to slash his own throat with a knife, according to the statement. Interviews with witnesses and family members eventually helped police develop enough evidence to charge Kristien Tabora with murdering his father, the statement said. The criminal complaint against Tabora accused him of murder, using a knife to kill his father and of having a prior felony conviction in 2001 for having a concealed firearm in a vehicle in San Francisco. Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick and Tabora’s attorney, Alameda County Assistant Public Defender Graciela Estrada, couldn’t be reached for comment on Tabora’s case.
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