A prosecutor told jurors today that Kenyus Walker should be convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Billy Brooks at a drug house in East Oakland in 2012 because the evidence shows that Walker killed Brooks in cold blood.
In his closing argument in the murder trial of Walker, now 35, prosecutor Glenn Kim alleged that Walker shot Brooks, 39, in the back of the head at the house at 2332 80th Avenue in Oakland in the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 2012, because he thought Brooks had “disrespected” him.
Kim said, “This was a cold, calculated decision to kill” and Brooks didn’t do anything to provoke Walker, although Kim admitted that Brooks “was high, obnoxious and rude.”
But Walker’s lawyer, Thomas Broome, told jurors that they should find Walker not guilty because all of the prosecution witnesses who said they saw Walker with a gun at the house at the time of the shooting are convicted felons who have a motive to try to frame Walker because they want to cover up their own involvement in Brooks’ death.
“You saw a parade of liars in this case,” Broome said.
According to the evidence in Walker’s trial, the man who ran the drug operation at the house was 42-year-old Karnell Marshall.
Marshall and the other three people who helped dispose of Brooks’ body after he was fatally shot all pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact and testified against Walker.
Broome said Marshall and the three other people “covered up the crime, dumped the body and let it deteriorate” because they didn’t want to be tied to Brooks’ death.
Although Brooks lived in Pittsburg at the time of his death, he grew up in the neighborhood of the house at in East Oakland where he was killed, Kim said.
The prosecutor said Brooks was in the area because he had picked up a prostitute near the Eastmont Mall and had gone to the prostitute’s nearby home, where he had sex with her and used cocaine with her.
The prostitute then wanted to get some heroin, so Brooks took her to the drug house at 2332 80th Avenue because he knew Marshall and the other people who lived and did business there, Kim said.
The prosecutor said Walker was the grandson of the woman who owned the house and acted as the armed security guard at the house.
However, Brooks hadn’t been to the house for many years and didn’t know Walker because Walked formerly lived out of state and hadn’t lived there when Brooks frequented the house, Kim said.
Walker and Brooks wound up getting into a verbal confrontation and Walker shot Brooks because he thought Brooks had insulted him by saying that he knew the drug house operators and he didn’t think Walker had any bullets in the shotgun he was carrying, Kim said.
Kim said Marshall and the three other people who lived at the house wrapped Brooks’ body in a tarp, dumped it in Brooks’ Chevrolet Malibu and then drove the car several blocks and parked it in the 2400 block of Ritchie Street, near Arroyo Viejo Park.
Brooks’ body wasn’t found until Oct. 7, 2012, two weeks later, when area residents noticed “a foul odor” coming from the car and notified police, Kim said.
However, the case remained unsolved until February 2013, when the prostitute, who had been arrested on an unrelated case, told police what had happened because Brooks’ death had been bothering her, Kim said.
Jurors deliberated for about an hour today and will resume their deliberations on Wednesday morning.
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