OAKLAND -- Four North Oakland gang members labeled "domestic terrorists" by a prosecutor were found guilty Monday of killing three people in a string of events sparked by a revenge murder of a gang rival's brother.
A jury of seven women and five men took little time to find the men guilty of murder for gunning down Charles Davis, 23, in Berkeley and then killing Todd Perea, 27, and Floyd Ross Jr., 42, in Oakland after a high-speed chase ended in a car accident.
All four gang members, Samuel Flowers, 25, Rafael Campbell, 28, Anthony Price, 30, and Stephon Anthony, 26, now face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced this summer.
None showed reaction as the verdicts were read.
In finding all four guilty of three murders, the jury concluded that the group worked together to plan the killing of Davis and found that all four were responsible for the deaths of Perea and Ross Jr. because they all agreed to participate in a plan to kill Davis.
The jury's verdict was reached after a six-week trial that included dozens of witnesses and more than 400 pieces of evidence. Those witnesses included a Berkeley resident who identified Flowers as the man who shot an SKS assault rifle at Davis and an Oakland resident who testified that she saw the group laughing as they drove away from police at a high rate of speed.
Deputy district attorney Steve Dal Porto asked the jury to find all four men responsible for the three killings because, he argued, they worked together in an attempt to seek vengeance against a rival gang that killed one of their members.
While the four could not find a rival gang member, they found Davis, the brother of a rival, as he walked along Allston Way between Ninth and 10th streets in Berkeley on May 16, 2009.
One witness testified that as Flowers walked toward Davis, firing the rifle, she saw at least one person in the car holding another gun in the air as Anthony drove doughnuts in the middle of the street.
After shooting Davis, the four led Berkeley police on a six-minute, high-speed chase that ended at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Aileen Street in Oakland.
At that intersection, the car crashed into a 2005 Mazda driven by Perea, who died on impact. As his car and the defendants' car spun through the intersection, one of the vehicles hit Ross, who was walking across the street. Ross died hours later at a hospital.
Anthony and Price were arrested at the crash scene, but Campbell and Flowers escaped. Flowers was caught two weeks later in Florida, and Campbell was caught six months later in Sacramento after he was profiled on "America's Most Wanted."
Attorneys representing the four gave different defenses but all denied their clients were members of a gang.
Anthony's attorney, Darryl Stallworth, admitted his client led police on a high-speed chase and said he should be found guilty of causing death during a police chase. But Stallworth argued that his client never intended to kill the three victims.
"He takes ownership and accountability for that," Stallworth said about the deaths of Perea and Ross. "He is and always has been remorseful for what happened."