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Ex-convict found guilty in 2012 Oakland fatal stabbing

An ex-convict was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Berkeley woman at an East Oakland apartment complex in 2012. An Alameda County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a full day before delivering its verdict against 36-year-old Jamaal Prince of Berkeley in the ...

First degree murder conviction in 2009 Hayward slaying

A Hayward man has been convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances for the fatal shooting of a man during an apartment burglary three years ago. Joseph Connors, 24, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he's sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Roy Hashimoto on ...

Hearing begins for couple accused of running Sunset District brothel

A preliminary hearing began Wednesday for a couple accused of running a brothel in San Francisco's Sunset District. Following a months-long police investigation and a search of their home in the 1800 block of Noriega Street on June 20, Jin Shi and Linjun Wang, both 31, were arrested for allegedly ...

Baskin-Robbins manager gets 90 days for selling pot through ice cream shop

A manager at a Belmont Baskin-Robbins pleaded no contest Wednesday to selling marijuana through the ice cream shop and received a sentence of 90 days in jail and five years' probation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Martin Abinader, 20, of San Carlos, was charged with felony ...

Man acquitted of one charge, convicted of another in 'sleep-sex' molestation case

A Pacheco man who claims to have suffered from a condition called parasomnia when he molested his 9-year-old niece during a sleepover in April 2012 was acquitted in a Martinez courtroom Wednesday of sexual penetration of a child but found guilty of lewd and lascivious acts. The Contra Costa County ...

Judge tells jurors to keep deliberating in Stow case

Jurors told a judge Wednesday they were deadlocked in a negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium. The judge, however, told them to keep deliberating. The 12-member Los Angeles County Superior Court panel began deliberations on June ...

Judge rules there's enough evidence for murder suspect Alana to stand trial

The defense lawyer for career criminal Randy Alana asked a judge Friday to dismiss charges that he murdered his longtime girlfriend Sandra Coke last August, alleging that the prosecution only has "a very weak circumstantial evidence case." Defense attorney Al Wax, who has represented Alana, 57, in two other murder ...

Judge rules to unseal grand jury testimony in Sierra LaMar case

A South Bay judge Friday morning ruled to unseal grand jury transcripts in the murder trial of Antolin Garcia-Torres, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar. The release of the grand jury transcripts will make the evidence the district attorney has against the suspect Garcia-Torres ...

Supreme Court ruling requires warrants for mobile phone searches

The nation's highest court took a strong stand Wednesday on the side of privacy rights. The ruling centers around the ubiquitous mobile phone. Separate cases in Massachusetts and California challenged the ability of law enforcement officers to search people's phone data without a warrant and use that information to prosecute ...

Husband, wife plead not guilty to running San Francisco brothel

A husband and wife accused of running a brothel out of San Francisco's Sunset District entered not guilty pleas in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday afternoon. Jin Shi and his wife Linjun Wang, both 31, of San Francisco, were charged with two counts each of pimping and pandering after they ...

Supreme Court ruling protects mobile devices from search

The U.S. Supreme Court handed cellphone users a ringing victory Wednesday with a unanimous ruling that the mobile devices can't be searched by police during an arrest without a warrant. San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said it's a sign the court understands just how much private data -- photos, ...

Molestation trial begins for Concord teacher

He held a position of trust in the community. Now, a former elementary school teacher is on trial - accused of molesting at least 14 male students at his home and in his classroom. Video cameras weren't allowed in court, but KTVU was permitted to take still pictures before the ...

Guilty verdicts in the slaying of Oakland 3-year-old

Two Oakland men were found guilty on all counts Monday in the slaying of a 3-year-old boy who was killed by a stray bullet during an alleged gang shooting. The jury began deliberations late last week before finding Lawrence Denard, 29, and co-defendant Willie Torrence, 25, guilty  in the Aug. ...

San Francisco jury finds cyclist not guilty in pedestrian collision

The case against a cyclist who struck a jaywalker in Noe Valley has been dismissed after a jury voted overwhelmingly for his acquittal, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced Friday. John Kewin, 20, could have faced a year in jail if the jury had not ruled in his favor. ...

Judge tentatively rules against man seeking to join Audrie Pott suit as biological father

A judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court Thursday tentatively ruled against a man's attempt to be included in a lawsuit as the biological father of teen suicide victim Audrie Pott. Judge Joseph Huber, during a hearing Thursday morning in civil court in San Jose, informed Michael Lazarin that he ...

San Francisco sisters plead not guilty in alleged sex trafficking case

Two San Francisco sisters accused of running a sex trafficking ring out of the city's western neighborhoods entered not guilty pleas Wednesday to more than a dozen charges. Qiao "Judy" He, 37, and her sister Gaineng He, 36, pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to a combined 16 ...

Lawyer says man accused of 3-year-old's murder only guilty of gun charge

The defense lawyer for the reputed gang member who's accused of firing the shot that killed 3-year-old Carlos Nava in East Oakland three years ago said Wednesday that he's guilty - but only of an illegal gun charge, not murder. In her closing argument in the trial of Lawrence Denard, ...

Prosecutors consider death sentence in 1989 Brisbane cold case murder

Prosecutors are determining whether to seek the death penalty against a San Francisco Bay Area man accused of slaying a woman whose body was found in a ravine 25 years ago. Forty-five-year-old Gabriel O'Neill, of Brisbane, is charged with murder and the special circumstances of committing murder in the course ...

Defendant claims he molested niece in his sleep

The attorney for a Bay Area man accused of molesting his 9-year-old niece says his client was asleep at the time. Ralph Dell's attorney, Ernest Castillo, told jurors during Dell's trial on Monday that what happened to the girl is not in dispute. But he said it was the result ...

Chamberlain scheduled to return to court Monday

A political consultant previously accused of possessing bomb materials in his San Francisco apartment will be back in court Monday for a detention hearing, a day before he is scheduled to be arraigned on multiple charges. Read amended criminal complaint against Chamberlain WATCH: Explosives suspect linked to buying deadly poisons ...

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