Prosecutors say a couple arrested on suspicion of slaying of a retired San Francisco Bay area schoolteacher robbed a Kmart just before the killing.
The Contra Costa Times reports that 24-year-0ld Darnell Washington was arraigned Monday on a nine-count felony indictment; his 25-year-old wife Tanya is also charged but awaiting extradition from Washington state.
The couple has been charged with murder during the commission of a robbery for the killing of 55-year-old Susie Ko on Oct. 5 in Hercules, a Contra Costa County suburb.
Prior to Ko's slaying, prosecutors said the couple fought off Kmart employees in Pinole during a robbery.
Prosecutors said Darrell Washington fatally stabbed Ko, and that he has prior felony convictions in Los Angeles County, where he is also wanted for a sheriff's deputy's shooting.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.