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Mario Floyd and Stephon Lee charged for the murder of a pet sitter Judy Salamon in Oakland

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Two men have been arrested and charged for the murder of a pet sitter in her East Oakland neighborhood last July, authorities said today. Oakland police said Judy Salamon, 66, was shot and killed at 1:24 p.m. on July 24 in the 2400 block of Fern Street, between Brookdale and Fairfax avenues.

She crashed her car into a parked car after the shooting, police said. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges today against Stephon Lee and 21-year-old Mario Floyd for Salamon’s death. Prosecutors also charged them with the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery. Oakland police said in a probable cause statement that Lee and Floyd argued with Salamon over her cellphone.

Police said witnesses identified Lee as the man who shot Salamon and Floyd as the man who drove the suspects’ car before and after the fatal shooting. Floyd and Lee also face weapons enhancements and Lee is charged with being a felon in possession of a gun because he has two prior convictions for illegal firearms offenses. He was convicted of one of those offenses, carrying a loaded firearm in a city, only eight days before Salamon was murdered. Oakland police plan to release more information about the arrests at a news conference this afternoon.

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