OAKLAND -- Cell phone records, a grainy ATM video, DNA samples and a Waste Management recycling bin are the clues police used to find three men now on trial for the murder of 22-year-old Shavan Boone.
A prosecutor presented those clues to a jury Monday morning, along with a gripping narrative that described a nightmarish evening for Boone, a San Francisco resident who came to Oakland to meet men.
Boone's evening began at a hot tub rental facility in San Francisco and ended when she was shot in the back of the head and then stuffed into a recycling bin that was thrown into a concrete gully in East Oakland.
In between, Deputy District Attorney Stacie Pettigrew said, Boone was robbed, raped, forcibly sodomized and forced to perform oral sex.
Pettigrew told the jury in opening statements that she will prove that Frank Irwine, 28, and Kristian Dailey, 34, are responsible for the crimes. A third man, Terrance Anderson, 25, is also charged with a special circumstances murder, but he will be tried separately.
DNA evidence proves that Boone had sex with Irwine before she died and cell phone records prove that Boone was in the same area as Irwine and Anderson just before she died and just blocks from where her body was found, Pettigrew said.
Evidence will also show that Boone's body was found blocks from Anderson's apartment in a garbage can that most likely belonged to one of Anderson's neighbors.
An ATM security camera video also captures Boone withdrawing cash with both Dailey and Anderson present, Pettigrew said. The video shows a robbery in progress as both Dailey and Anderson appear to be forcing Boone to withdraw the cash, Pettigrew said.
All the men are charged with special circumstances murder because they either committed the alleged acts themselves or aided and abetted each other in committing those crimes.
As Pettigrew views the evidence, Boone was an unwilling participant in sexual acts that occurred early in the morning at Oakland City Center plaza. Those acts, Pettigrew said, were committed by Irwine as both Dailey and Anderson stood by doing nothing.
After those acts were completed, Pettigrew said, Boone was forced to go to East Oakland where she was eventually killed and stuffed in the garbage can.
Though Pettigrew said she could not prove exactly who killed Boone, she said she has enough evidence to prove that Dailey, Irwine and Anderson are the only ones responsible.
"Thankfully, they left behind a trail of evidence that allowed us to identify them," Pettigrew said.
Attorneys representing Dailey and Irwine had a different perspective on what the evidence showed and cautioned a jury not to be influenced by how heinous the crime is.
Irwine's attorney, assistant public defender Ray Plumhoff admitted his client had sex with Boone but said it was consensual.
Plumhoff said evidence will show that Boone was promiscuous and that she met Irwine the evening before she was killed and quickly grew fond of him.
Plumhoff suggested the murder was committed by Anderson. He said that just because cell phone records show Irwine might have been in the area near where Boone's body was found, it did not mean he killed her.
"You're going to have a lot of questions, but you'll find there is no conclusive evidence that Mr. Irwine killed her," Plumhoff said.
In addition, Plumhoff said, the autopsy on Boone discovered no signs of forced sexual activity.
Dailey's attorney, Darryl Stallworth, also urged the jury not to be overwhelmed by the alleged crimes and said that just because his client is seen standing next to Boone as she withdraws cash from an ATM, that doesn't prove that a robbery was taking place.
He said an image captured on that ATM video, which Pettigrew said was an image of Dailey putting his arm around Boone's neck, could be viewed differently if looked at carefully.
The case is expected to last several weeks in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson.