MARTINEZ

Antioch man guilty of killing roommate

A Contra Costa jury on Wednesday convicted an Antioch man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his roommate.

Richard Allen Curry, 62, shot Robert Shelley on Dec. 2, 2012. The bullet struck Shelley in the shoulder and lodged in his jaw. Curry was arrested the night of the incident; Shelley died about a month later of causes related to the shooting.

Prosecutor Jason Peck said the two, who lived in housing reserved for people with mental health issues, had a contentious relationship. Shelley typically slept on the couch in the living room, while Curry slept in one of the two twin beds in the bedroom. On the night of the incident, Peck said, Shelley insisted on sleeping in the bedroom.

Curry told police that he was not feeling well and shot Shelley because he feared Shelley would bother him and cause him to have a heart attack.

Peck asked the jury to return a verdict of second-degree murder. The defense asked for a verdict of not guilty based on self-defense.

Curry will be sentenced May 9.

-- Gary Peterson, Staff

RICHMOND

Three men charged in attempted shooting

Three men arrested following a shooting at a Richmond apartment complex Tuesday morning are expected to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, police said Wednesday.


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Will Jay Bernstein, 18, Jacob Colbert, 22, and Michael Green, 23, all from Richmond, also may face other undisclosed charges related to the shooting, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said. Richmond police are expected to turn over their case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on Thursday morning.

According to Hill, the shots were fired around 11:35 a.m. at the Crescent Park Apartments complex, located at 4701 Hartnett Ave. Hill said the gunfire was sparked when one of the men, claiming he'd been robbed by one of the suspects, confronted him about that incident.

Nobody was hit by gunfire or injured, Hill said. Police caught the three men shortly after arriving at the scene, even though the trio were hiding in separate units, he said.

Three guns were collected as evidence after police served search warrants. The shooting continued an uptick in violence after five months without a homicide in the city. A man shot several times on Monday was expected to survive, but a man and woman last week were killed in separate incidents 24 hours apart.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

Applicants sought for education board

The Contra Costa County Board of Education is accepting applications through April 28 to fill a board vacancy due to the death of Trustee Ellen Elster earlier this month.

Residents in parts of West and Central Contra Costa represented by Elster are eligible to apply. The area includes Crockett, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Port Costa, Rodeo, and parts of Alamo, Concord, Martinez, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, and Walnut Creek.

The board expects to hold public interviews and make a provisional appointment May 7.

The appointee will serve until November, when the seat is up for election.

Prospective applicants can call 925-942-3407. School district and County Office of Education employees are not eligible.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

Richmond

Groups holding free Walk to Nature event

An event promoting physical activity by connecting the community with the city's public shoreline is set for Saturday.

The second Walk to Nature event will start at two locations, where participants will walk from central Richmond to the Sea Gull picnic area at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline in Point Richmond for lunch and recreational activities.

Starting points are at 450 Civic Center Plaza, where registration starts at 9 a.m. for the 3.6-mile walk to the shoreline; and the Richmond Greenway at Sixth and Ohio streets, where registration opens at 9:30 a.m. for the 2.2-mile walk.

Participants who register will receive a water bottle, wristband, and route map. Along both routes to Miller Knox volunteers will staff water and first aid stations.

At the park there will be food, activities, a raffle, Zumba and the chance to enjoy the natural setting.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be buses and shuttles to take participants from Miller Knox to the starting points of their walk.

To learn more or volunteer visit www.facebook.com/walk2nature, email eric@yesfamilies.org, or call 510-232-3032.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff

OAKLAND

Man fatally shot in West Oakland

A man was killed Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in West Oakland, and the car believed used by the shooter was later found burned a few blocks away, police said.

Police have not released the name of the man killed. They believe he is 32 and lived in the area of the shooting.

The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Eighth Street near Campbell Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood, across from the Campbell Village housing complex.

Sgt. Mike Gantt said the man killed was walking to a friend's house when a car drove by and someone inside began shooting at him. He died at the scene.

Police found dozens of shell casings in the street, but no other injuries were reported.

About 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Lexus believed used in the shooting was found abandoned and set on fire in the 800 block of Pine Street at Chase Street.

Gantt said so far police don't have a motive for the killing, and no arrests have been made.

The killing was Oakland's 22nd homicide of the year and the first since March 5.

Last year at this time, there were 19 homicides in Oakland.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff