A 14-year-old boy appeared in court today on a murder charge and three other felony charges for the shooting death of his 17-year-old sister in Oakland’s Chinatown district.
Alameda County Juvenile Court Commissioner Mark Kliszewski ordered the teen to return to juvenile court on March 13 for a pretrial hearing.
In addition to murder, the teen, whose name wasn’t disclosed in court, is charged with carrying a loaded weapon in the city of Oakland, carrying a concealed firearm without a license and possession of a concealable weapon.
The charges stem from the fatal shooting of the teen’s older sister, Justice Toliver at their family’s apartment at 801 Webster St. at about 12:15 p.m. on Jan 23.
Oakland police haven’t disclosed a motive for the shooting, but a cousin, 22-year-old Marianna Gaston of Oakland, said shortly afterward that she was told that the teen shot Justice because he was mad that she had bleached his clothes.
The teen was on the run from authorities for six days but turned himself in to police last Thursday.
The teen’s attorney, Adanta Pointer, asked today that he be released to his family while he awaits proceedings in his case but prosecutor Angela Backers said he should remain in custody in Alameda County Juvenile Hall because he’s been involved in “very violent” incidents on “multiple occasions,” including several incidents in which he’s threatened people with a gun.
Kliszewski ruled that the 14-year-old should stay at Juvenile Hall for now, saying, “At this point I think he needs to be in custody. This is a very serious crime — taking someone’s life.”
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