OAKLAND -- A prosecutor labeled four alleged members of a North Oakland gang "domestic terrorists" as he urged a jury Monday to find the quartet guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.
"They embrace a mindset, a culture, a way of life where gaining respect is brought about by how much fear, how much violence you inflict on a community," deputy district attorney Steve Dal Porto said. "This is the kind of mindset you cannot even imagine; they are as savage, low-down and despicable as it gets."
The four men are accused of killing a gang rival's brother and then leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in the death of two other people when the alleged gang members' car ran through a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle.
The killings began, evidence in the case revealed, on the afternoon of May 16, 2009, when Samuel Flowers, 25, Rafael Campbell, 28, Anthony Price, 30, and Stephon Anthony, 23, drove Anthony's two-door Cadillac into rival gang territory in West Berkeley "hunting" for rivals to kill.
The group couldn't find direct rivals but found Charles Davis, 23, a brother of a rival gang member. Davis was gunned down by Flowers, Dal Porto said, as he walked along Allston Way between Ninth and 10th streets in broad daylight.
A witness to the killing identified Flowers as the shooter, and other evidence proves Flowers fired the SKS assault rifle that was used to fill Davis with hollow-point bullets, Dal Porto said.
After shooting Davis, the four alleged gang members led Berkeley police on a six-minute, 4-mile-long high-speed chase that ended tragically at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Aileen Street in Oakland.
Anthony was driving the car as it sped on Aileen Street at about 60 mph and blew through a stop sign at MLK Way. In the middle of the intersection was Todd Perea, 27, who was driving his 2005 Mazda home from a volunteer job at the Oakland Senior Community Center.
Perea died on impact. Also caught in the crash was Floyd Ross Jr., 42, who happened to be walking across Aileen Street and was run over by the crashing cars.
"They left memories that will forever hurt these families," Dal Porto said of the gang members. "This was an act of supreme arrogance."
Anthony and Price were arrested at the crash scene, with police identifying Anthony as the driver of the car. Flowers was caught two weeks later in Florida, and Campbell was apprehended in Sacramento six months after the killing after he was profiled on "America's Most Wanted." While Anthony was the driver of the car and Flowers has been identified as the alleged shooter, all four have been charged with first degree-murder because the other two are considered conspirators who aided and abetted in the crime. They four have also been charged with special circumstances murder for killing multiple people and for killing to enhance the activities of a gang.
All four face life in prison without the possibility for parole.
Dal Porto told the jury that he has presented enough evidence to prove that all four defendants are members of a gang, that they planned to kill Davis and then acted with disregard for human life when they led police on the high-speed chase.
Defense attorneys will begin their closing arguments Tuesday.