OAKLAND -- Two ex-convicts have been charged in the fatal shooting of an Alameda man last December at an East Oakland Walmart store parking lot in a marijuana sale turned deadly, authorities said Tuesday.
Charged with murder in the death of 24-year-old Vincent Muzac are Shawndale Boyd, 30, of Hayward, a friend of Muzac who police believe set him up, and Damion Sleugh 26, of Oakland, who is suspected of firing the fatal shot.
Authorities said there is a special-circumstance clause included in the murder charges against the pair, alleging that the killing occurred in the commission of a robbery.
Sleugh is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. One count is from the killing and the other is from a sawed-off shotgun found in his home when he was arrested, authorities said.
Both men face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if they are convicted. They are being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Muzac, a ship painter, was found shot to death Dec. 22 in the parking lot of the Walmart store in the 8400 block of Edgewater Drive.
Authorities said Muzac was killed in a marijuana deal.
According to court documents, Boyd arranged for Muzac to sell a large amount of marijuana to Sleugh. Muzac was shot and robbed of the marijuana after he met the men at the parking lot.
Homicide Sgt. Randy Brandwood said police learned of the association between Muzac and Boyd and linked the three by cellphone and text records, including calls made the day of the killing. Police also have other evidence linking the suspects to the killing, he said.
Boyd, who police said became a friend of Muzac's a few years ago when they worked together as movers, was arrested in Castro Valley Feb. 19. He has refused to talk to investigators.
Sleugh was arrested Feb. 13 leaving his East Oakland home. He has denied involvement in the killing, police said.
According to authorities, Sleugh has prior felony convictions for robbery in April 2008 in Alameda County and grand theft in Contra Costa County in December 2006. He served prison time for the robbery.
Authorities said Boyd has a prior felony conviction for second-degree robbery in Contra Costa County in May 2007 and possession of cocaine for sale in Alameda County in March 2003. He served a prison term for the robbery.