A man who allegedly helped plan a shooting in East Oakland in July that claimed the life of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine and wounded three others was arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges today. A judge referred Joseph Carroll, 27, of Oakland, to the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office to be assigned an attorney and ordered him to return to court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing. Darnell Williams, 22, of Oakland, the man who’s accused of firing the shots that killed Alaysha and wounded the others, was arraigned on Oct. 1 and is scheduled to appear in court with Carroll on Tuesday. Carroll wasn’t arraigned until today because he was arrested in Texas two weeks ago and wasn’t extradited to Alameda County until recently. Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause statement that Carroll, Williams and “other co-conspirators” planned the shooting into an apartment in the 3400 block of Wilson Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 17 in retaliation for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Jermaine Davis in the 1800 block of Derby Street in Berkeley at 6:52 p.m. that evening. Davis was Carroll’s cousin and a close friend of Williams, Rosin said.
Rosin said Carroll, Williams and the others set out to kill a man, named in court documents only as “John Doe,” who they believed had killed Davis. Carroll, Williams and the others met at a residence in East Oakland after Davis was killed, Carroll and Williams armed themselves with guns and the conspirators determined that John Doe’s children and their mother lived at Apartment 2 at 3440 Wilson St., according to Rosin. At about 9 p.m., Carroll went to the area of the apartment, communicating with Williams by phone, then went to the residence of John Doe’s mother in Antioch, concealing himself outside, Rosin said. The man named as John Doe eventually left the residence and went to a gas station in Antioch, where Carroll “confronted” him but apparently nothing happened, Rosin said. At about 11:10 p.m. that night, Williams went to the area of the
Wilson Street apartment and about eight minutes later he rang the doorbell, pointed a gun at the door and fired “numerous” shots at Alaysha and two other children who opened the door, Rosin said. When Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced the charges against Carroll and Williams on Oct. 1, she alleged that Williams “opened fire without any consideration of who was at the door and with complete disregard for human life.” She alleged that bullets fired by Williams killed Alaysha, who opened the door, and injured three other people – Alaysha’s friend, 7-year-old Amanda York, Amanda’s brother, 4-year-old Antoine York, and their 63-year-old grandmother, Clara Fields. Williams and Carroll are each charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the shooting. O’Malley alleged that Williams and Carroll are gang members but declined to specify which gang they reputedly are associated with. Rosin declined to say if the man who allegedly was the
onspirators’ target was at the apartment at the time of the shooting. No one has been arrested for the death of Davis.
Davis was fatally shot only five days after four reputed members of the North Side Oakland gang were sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of his brother, 25-year-old Charles Davis, in the vicinity of Allston Way and 10th Street in West Berkeley at about 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2009, and a subsequent car chase that killed two people in Oakland shortly afterward. Prosecutor Steve Dal Porto alleged at the trial for the four defendants that they were looking for Jermaine Davis to retaliate for the deaths of three North Side Oakland gang members but when they couldn’t find him they instead shot Charles Davis. Dal Porto said Jermaine Davis belonged to a rival gang but Charles Davis was a college student who wasn’t affiliated with a gang. Jermaine Davis was present in court for the sentencing of the four suspects on July 12. Dal Porto said the North Side Oakland gang and the rival gang had a rivalry that started because of a dispute over a stolen tire rim in 2002. Carroll was also arraigned today in a separate case in which he and three other men are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for making several attempts to kill two men they believed had “disrespected” Carroll and his brother, Coleon Carroll. The attempts to kill the two alleged potential victims occurred on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, according to a probable cause statement by Oakland police Officer Eric Karsseboom.
However, Oakland police officers and special agents from the California Department of Justice set up surveillance teams at the locations where the shootings allegedly were supposed to occur and were able to prevent harm to the potential victims, Karsseboom said. Prosecutors allege that Carroll has two prior convictions: one for possession of a firearm by a felon on Jan. 14 of this year, and another for recklessly evading an officer on Sept. 24, 2007.
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