Alameda County Superior Court
A former San Leandro police officer hoped the court would dismiss voluntary manslaughter charges against him for fatally shooting a man in April 2020, but a judge Tuesday was not inclined to let him off the hook so easily. On April 18, 2020, Jason Fletcher was the first officer to
Editor’s Note: This article originally forgot to includeDerick Almena’s time already served in jail counts towards his sentencing as well. Monday marked the end of a long road in the case of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire where 36 people died on the night of Dec. 2, 2016. Defendant Derick Almena,
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John Lee Cowell, the man who murdered Nia Wilson and injured her sister on a BART station platform in 2018 will be sentenced Friday. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in April, but court schedules have been delayed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The road to this
John Lee Cowell doesn’t deny killing Nia Wilson, 18, and injuring her sister Letifah, but neither does he take responsibility for his actions, claiming he is not guilty by reason of insanity. His defense attorney previously entered the plea on his behalf, but Cowell, 29, showed up to a hearing
It was nearly a year ago when Nia Wilson, 18, was murdered and her sister Lahtifa Wilson, 26, was injured in a “prison-style attack” on the MacArthur BART platform. An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the suspect in Wilson’s murder is mentally competent enough to stand trial.