Two young women close to an alleged gang member accused of fatally shooting 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine and wounding two other children and her grandmother during a sleepover at an Oakland home last July testified today that the defendant admitted to committing the crime to avenge a friend’s murder earlier that day.
The testimony came during the second day of a preliminary hearing in an Oakland courtroom against the alleged gunman, 22-year-old Darnell Williams of Oakland, and his alleged accomplice, 27-year-old Joseph Carroll, also of Oakland.Prosecutors allege that the defendants planned the July 17 shooting in retaliation against 25-year-old Antiowne York of Pittsburg, who they believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting in Berkeley earlier that day of Jermaine Davis, 26, who was Carroll’s cousin and a close friend of Williams.
Police arrested York on Monday in connection with Davis’ killing.According to prosecutors, Williams went to the home in the 3400 block of Wilson Street about four hours after Davis’s murder because they believed it was where the mother of York’s two children lived.
In court this afternoon, Williams’ former girlfriend corroborated that story, saying the defendant told her he rang the doorbell of the Wilson Street apartment and began shooting as soon as someone opened the door.The hail of gunfire struck and killed Alaysha and wounded a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy, who are York’s children, as well as their 63-year-old grandmother, according to prosecutors.
Williams’s former girlfriend also testified that on the night of the murder, she saw the defendant take off what appeared to be a bulletproof vest and picked up two guns that she never saw again.The Oakland woman, who has since relocated with the help of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, said she couldn’t sleep that night and cried when she and Williams saw coverage of the killing on the 5:30 a.m. news.
“I knew that he was involved,” she said. The woman testified that she feared Williams, who had sometimes asked her to commit crimes and often took her cellphone from her. “He didn’t trust me, he thought I was trying to set him up,” she said.
Laquana Nuno, 28, who was charged along with Williams in connection with the Sept. 8 murder of 22-year-old Anthony Medearis and is testifying against the defendant as part of a plea deal with the district attorney’s office, said in court today that she, too, was scared of Williams.
“He had already told me a lot of stuff,” she said, testifying that Williams confided in her that he had committed the Dimond District murder. “I didn’t want him to kill me too,” she said.
Nuno, who had been dating Davis for two years when he was shot and killed, testified that she shared a common wish with both Williams and Carroll — to see York killed. She testified that Carroll suggested she “get (Williams) on it.”
After Davis’ killing, Carroll went to Antioch and found York, but didn’t kill him because he wasn’t sure that he was behind his cousin’s murder, Nuno testified.Later, both Williams and Carroll continued to look for York, she said.Like the defendant’s former girlfriend, Nuno also testified that Williams told her he went to the apartment where he believed York’s children’s mother lived.
After ringing the doorbell, “he waited for someone to come to the door and started shooting,” she said.Williams told her that after the shooting, “he went and got high,” she testified.Nuno’s testimony is set to continue on Thursday afternoon.
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