OAKLAND -- The last words of a man fatally shot last October near the Coliseum BART Station has led to murder charges being filed against the man suspected of shooting him, authorities said Tuesday.
John Reed, 37, is accused of killing Damon Jones on Oct. 27 in the area of 72nd Avenue and Hawley Street as Jones was walking to a relative's residence near where he worked as a home caregiver, police said. He died later at a hospital.
Sgt. Robert Rosin said in court documents that Jones was able to give a "dying declaration" before he passed away, saying that Reed was responsible for shooting him.
Those last words, along with corroborating statements from witnesses located during the investigation, led to Reed being arrested April 11 at his East Oakland home and then charged April 14 with the killing.
Rosin would only say that police believe the men were involved in a personal dispute that led to the shooting.
Reed declined to talk to investigators.
Besides the murder count, Reed is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said Reed had two prior felony convictions in Contra Costa County in September 2004 -- one for first-degree residential robbery and the other for assault with a firearm. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled to enter a plea May 12.