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Jessie James Taylor Is Charged With Murder for Alleged Fatal Stabbing In Oakland

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A man with three prior felony convictions was charged with murder today for allegedly fatally stabbing another man at his house in a residential area in Oakland on Tuesday morning.

Jessie James Taylor, 55, a janitor, was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court today on the charge stemming from the death of 35-year-old Francis Nwagbo at Taylor’s home in the 600 block of 31st Street, near Martin Luther King Jr. Way, shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Oakland police Officer Roberto Ruiz said in a probable cause statement that Taylor got into an altercation with Nwagbo at his Taylor’s home, stabbed Nwagbo and then fled.

However, police were able to find and arrest Taylor a short time later three blocks away, on the 3100 block of Filbert Street, Ruiz said.

Witnesses identified Taylor as the suspect and officers recovered suspected rock cocaine from him, according to Ruiz.

However, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office didn’t file any drug charges against Taylor.

Prosecutors allege that Taylor has two prior convictions for attempted second-degree robbery, one in 1981 and one in 2009, and one prior conviction for attempted grand theft in 1999.

Taylor’s previous convictions could substantially increase his state prison sentence if he’s found guilty of murdering Nwagbo.

Taylor is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, according to the sheriff’s office.

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