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Jacob Kober Is Convicted Of Murdering Former Friend Kenneth Robert Ogden In Hayward

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A Livermore man has been convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his former friend in December 2012.

Jurors announced their verdict on Monday for 26-year-old Jacob Kober for the Dec. 28, 2012, death of 28-year-old Kenneth Robert Ogden.

Ogden’s body was discovered the next morning by a man who lives on Galaxy Court in Livermore and saw him lying on the grass alongside the Springtown Golf Course fairway and neighboring bicycle paths, police said.

A woman who had been jogging on the golf course had yelled at the man for help after she spotted the body from afar, according to police.

The man called police and officers and paramedics who responded to the scene found Ogden, who lived in Livermore, dead of multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Prosecutors from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said Kober and Ogden were longtime friends but in late 2012 they had a falling out because Ogden owed money to Kober and Kober believed that Ogden had tried to kiss his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said that on the night of Dec. 28, 2012, Ogden came to talk things over with Kober near the Springtown Golf Course.

They said Kober and Ogden walked out onto the golf course and Ogden was found dead the next morning, shot once in the left arm and once in the right side.

Kober, who worked as a janitor, fled to Oakland and then to Oregon, where he was arrested on Jan. 16, 2013, and later extradited back to California.

Prosecutors said that while Kober was in Oregon he sent threatening text messages to some of the witnesses in the case.

Kober faces more than 25 years to life in state prison when he’s sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson on March 23.

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