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Kenyus Walker Is Convicted Of Murder For Fatal Shooting At Drug House In Oakland

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An Oakland man was convicted of first-degree murder today for fatally shooting a Pittsburg man at a house in East Oakland two years ago.

Prosecutor Glenn Kim told jurors in his closing argument on Tuesday that Kenyus Walker, 35, made “a cold, calculated decision” to kill 39-year-old Billy Brooks at the house at 2332 80th Avenue in Oakland in the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 2012, because he thought that Brooks had “disrespected” him.

Jurors deliberated for only a day before announcing their verdict against Walker, who faces 50 years to life in state prison when he’s sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay on Oct. 10.

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.

Karnell Marshall, 42, ran a drug operation at the house and Brooks went there because he knew Walker and was with a prostitute who wanted to buy some heroin, Kim said.

But Brooks and the prostitute were met at the house’s entrance by Walker, who is the grandson of the house’s owner. Walker was holding a shotgun because he provided security at the house, the prosecutor said.

Walker and Brooks exchanged words and Walker ultimately shot Brooks in the back of the head, according to Kim.

Walker fled the house and Marshall and three other people who lived at the house tried to hide the shooting from police by wrapping Brooks’ body in a tarp, dumping it in Brooks’ Chevrolet Malibu and then driving it several blocks and parking 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.

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.

Marshall and the other three people who helped dispose of Brooks’ body after he was fatally shot, Anthony Allen, Tameka Tolliver and Mechelle Landry, all pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact and testified against Walker.

Walker’s lawyer, Thomas Broome, told jurors that they should find Walker not guilty because Marshall and the other three 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, arguing that Walker didn’t carry out the shooting and is innocent.

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