A terminally ill Oakland father heartbroken by his son's murder almost two years ago had his plea for justice fulfilled Friday when police announced the arrest of one homicide suspect and the issue of a warrant for a second.
The Oakland Police Department confirmed two men were charged Friday with the 2011 murder of 23-year-old Oakland resident Charles Butler, Jr.
In custody is 21-year-old Giovonte Douglas. Police said a second suspect in the slaying, 24-year-old Cartier Hunter, now has a warrant for his arrest.
“For two years it’s been non-stop,” said Investigator Phong Tran. “It took a lot for people to come forward.”
The incident happened three days before Christmas on December 22, 2011. Butler bumped a car while parking on the street in West Oakland.
An argument in a nearby store ensued and moments later Butler was shot and killed.
“The bump was the catalyst,” said Tran.
Last month, KTVU aired a story profiling Butler’s father. Charles Butler Sr. said doctors told him he doesn’t have many months to live due to a lung-related issue.
Butler Sr., said his last wish in life was to see an arrest in his son’s murder case. Investigator Tran said a key witness in the case came forward after watching the father’s plea on KTVU.
On Friday, Butler Sr. told KTVU his wish came true. He added he had a strong message to those accused of the crime.
“I just feel that, and hope that they feel the heartfelt pain my family felt since my son was killed, murdered by them,“ said Butler Sr.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office said Douglas is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.
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