OAKLAND — Three men have been charged with murder after they allegedly tried to rob a retired Oakland police captain, who pulled out a gun and shot their accomplice, court records show.
Marlon King and Kemandre King have been charged with murder in the death of Desoni Djuan Lamar Gardner, 20, of Vallejo, who was shot by retired Oakland police Captain Ersie Joyner during the gas station robbery. Joyner was hospitalized for weeks after he was nonfatally shot during an ensuing gunfight.
Neither Marlon nor Kemandre King entered a plea at their Tuesday morning court appearance, and a judge declined to set bail for either man, court records show. They are next due in court Dec. 17.
A third suspect, who was arrested in Houston, is still awaiting extradition to California. His name has not yet been released.
The murder charge is based upon the so-called provocative act doctrine, a part of state law that says when a crime victim uses justifiable lethal force against an assailant, the crime’s other perpetrators can be charged with murder. In other words: Prosecutors want to hold the men liable for Joyner fatally shooting Gardner.
Gardner, a rapper who went by the stage name Lil Theze, was one of the four men who participated in the robbery of Joyner, according to police. Video surveillance shows Joyner pulling a gun at the end of the robbery and firing several times; at least one of the robbers fires back and wounds him.
Marlon and Kemandre King were also charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Marlon King also faces a charge of attempted murder.
Check back for updates.
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News
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