OAKLAND -- A Santa Rita Jail escapee arrested last month in Nevada and another man were charged Thursday with the February 2012 fatal shooting of a 30-year-old rapper in East Oakland, police said Friday.

Anthony Hoskins, 31, who was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Sparks, Nev., on Feb. 13 -- more than a month after his Jan. 11 escape -- and Ezell Edwards, 24, were charged with murder in the Feb. 4, 2012, killing of Brondon McDaniel, gunned down outside his home in the 400 block of 105th Avenue.

Besides the murder count, both men are also charged with being felons in possession of firearms. Hoskins also has prior convictions in 2006 for kidnapping, which resulted in a prison term, and in 2003 for drug possession. Edwards has prior 2008 and 2009 drug convictions. He went to prison for the 2008 conviction, authorities said.

They are being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.

Police said McDaniel was killed in a dispute over money. Officer Phong Tran said both Edwards and Hoskins confronted McDaniel outside his residence and both shot him after they got into an argument with him. Hoskins was on parole at the time of the killing, authorities said.

Police were able to charge the men with the killing based on witness statements and physical evidence.

Police said Edwards, in custody since Feb. 23 in an unrelated gun case, denied involvement in the killing when he was interviewed by investigators on March 12. Police said the gun Edwards used in the killing was recovered in an unrelated case in June 2012.


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Hoskins had been arrested and charged in March 2012 with more than a dozen robberies in Oakland and Fremont and was being held at Santa Rita Jail. He was awaiting trial when he escaped Jan. 11 after freeing himself from shackles, from a sheriff's deputy who had driven him to Highland Hospital in Oakland. He denied involvement in the killing when he was interviewed March 12, police said.

McDaniel, whose rap name was "Thudda Boy," was the father of two children and had been finishing his debut rap album when he was killed.