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Harold Thomas Smith Who Was Already Charged With Murder Now Faces Second Murder Count

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An ex-felon who already was charged with murdering a man near Highland Hospital in Oakland in February has now been charged with murdering another man in the same area in January.

Harold Thomas Smith, 22, of Oakland, was charged recently with murder, robbery, the special circumstance of committing a murder during a robbery and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm for the fatal shooting and robbery of 24-year-old Brandon Clemons in the 2000 block of 14th Avenue on Jan. 16.

Smith also was charged with robbing Clemons’ friend.

Oakland police Sgt. Mike Gantt wrote in a probable cause statement that a witness, apparently Clemons’ friend, told police that Smith was the person who robbed Clemons’ backpack and shot Clemons.

The witness also told police that Smith took his wallet and phone, according to Gantt.

In addition, phone records show that Smith’s cellphone was activated in the area where Clemons was killed shortly before and after the shooting, Gantt said.

In April, Smith was arrested and charged with murder for the shooting death of Innocent Okoronkwo Jr., 24, in the 2400 block of 14th Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Smith also was charged with attempted murder for shooting and wounding a 26-year-old man in the same incident who survived his injuries.

In addition, Smith was charged with intentionally discharging a firearm to cause Okoronkwo’s death, an enhancement that could add 25 years to his state prison term if he’s convicted of murdering Okoronkwo.

Smith also was charged with unlawful firearm activity for allegedly possessing a firearm even though the terms of his probation for his conviction for second-degree robbery in May 2008, when he was a juvenile, barred him from possessing a gun.

Smith, who is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on June 2 to enter a plea to the charges against him.

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