Daniel Casey an ex-convict was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder for killing one man and wounding another in a shooting in West Oakland last year. Jurors deliberated for two full days before announcing their verdicts late this afternoon against Daniel Casey, 34, for fatally shooting Albert Easley, who was 35, and wounding 28-year-old Michael Monah in the 1000 block of 24th Street near Linden Street at about 11:10 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2016, after Monah got into an argument with Casey’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Rosalyn Green.
Monah testified last week that the shooting was the third time he’d been shot in Oakland and was the culmination of a long-running feud he’d had with Casey. Prosecutor Butch Ford told jurors in his closing argument that Casey should be convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Easley. But Casey’s lawyer, David Bryden, said Casey should be found not guilty because he believes Casey fired in self-defense.
Bryden said Casey and Green “were in imminent danger of great bodily injury” and it was “reasonable” for Casey to shoot after Monah pointed a gun at his head. Ford said after the verdicts today that even though jurors only convicted Casey of manslaughter, not murder, for Easley’s death, he thinks Casey could still face a life sentence because they found him guilty of another count for shooting Monah from a motor vehicle and of an enhancement clause that he intentionally discharged a firearm and caused great bodily injury to Monah.
In addition, jurors convicted Casey of two counts of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm because was convicted of three counts of receiving stolen property in 2013. But Bryden said he thinks the fact that Casey wasn’t convicted of murder means that he won’t have to face life in prison and instead will face a term of between 17 and 30 years.
Casey’s sentencing date won’t be set until Tuesday. Monah testified that he’d known Casey for about a year and he, Casey and a third man used to commit what he described as “theft crimes” but had a falling out in 2015 when Casey and the third man accused him of withholding some of the theft proceeds from them.
He said that on May 2, 2015, Casey, the third man and a fourth man whose name he said he doesn’t know confronted him and the fourth man shot him in the back even though he told the other men that he hadn’t withheld anything from them. Monah, who said he was shot for the first time when he was only 18, said he survived the 2015 shooting but he was told, “It’s not over we’re going to finish the job” so he bought a gun for protection. Monah said he was smoking marijuana and hanging out with Easley near the K & D Market liquor store at 1100 24th Street at about 11 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2016, when he saw Green.
He said he knew that Green was Casey’s girlfriend and he was afraid that she would call Casey to get him to come to the scene and “finish the job.” Monah admitted that he was armed with a gun and pushed Green but said he didn’t display his gun or threaten her. Monah said a short time later Casey pulled up in a black Honda Civic that he recognized so he pulled his gun out but initially only pointed it at the ground “because I didn’t want to shoot unless I had a legitimate reason to do so.
” Monah said he squeezed the trigger to his gun only after Casey pulled out what he described as “a submachine gun” but he said his gun didn’t fire because it didn’t have a bullet in the chamber. Monah said Casey opened fire and hit him in the shoulder and also hit Easley, who died at a local hospital about 90 minutes later. Monah said he was able to run away even though he’d been shot and was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, where he was arrested for allegedly illegally possessing a gun. Green is also charged with murder and attempted murder for her alleged role in the shooting and will be prosecuted separately at a later date.
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