Two men pleaded not guilty today to murder charges stemming from the shooting death of a 21-year-old Laney College student in the heart of downtown Oakland last October.
Dontay Webster, 22, the suspected gunman, and Antwain Harrison, also 22, who’s accused of being an accomplice, are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on May 27 for a pretrial hearing.
Corrin Ray, the victim, was fatally shot in the 1300 block of Broadway, near Frank Ogawa Plaza, at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 5.
Two other people, a man and woman, were also shot in the incident but they survived their injuries.
Webster and Harrison are each charged with one count of murder for the woman’s death and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of the other two victims.
Webster also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm because prosecutors allege that he has a prior conviction for receiving stolen property.
Oakland police Officer Leonel Sanchez said in a probable cause statement that Harrison was arrested on Oct. 31 after a witness identified him as being involved in the shooting.
When Harrison was interviewed later that day he “gave several admissions to his involvement in the murder and attempted murder,” Sanchez said.
Oakland police Officer Michael Murphy said in a separate probable cause statement that Webster was arrested on Jan. 16 after a warrant was issued for him.
Video footage from a surveillance camera at a business near the shooting scene shows Webster carrying out the shooting and fleeing the area, Murphy said.
After Webster was arrested, he confessed to being the shooter and said he had discarded the gun he had used by throwing it over the Bay Bridge several days after the shooting, according to Murphy.
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