OAKLAND -- Witness testimony is underway at the murder trial for one of three men accused of killing a marijuana grower during a robbery in Alameda in 2011.

Christopher Donaldson, 25, of Alameda, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged in the April 20, 2011, fatal shooting of 32-year-old William Adrian Falcon Sapp inside the Summer House apartments.

Donaldson's former co-defendants, Richard Antjuan Ezell, 25, of Laytonville in Mendocino County, and Charles Kimbrough, 32, of Hercules, are awaiting trial on their own murder, robbery and conspiracy charges.

Officers testified at Donaldson's trial Monday that they were called to the Buena Vista Avenue apartment building before noon that day on reports of three men fighting and a single gunshot fired. When they arrived, they found Sapp dead in a third-floor stairwell and a revolver on the ground in a hallway.

Kimbrough had blood on his head as he was arrested trying to jog away from the apartment building, officers said. Ezell, whose charges alleged he was the shooter, and Donaldson were allegedly found with marijuana when they were arrested later that day at Alameda's Islander Motel.

A female friend and former neighbor of Sapp testified that he was licensed to grow marijuana and provided a rare strain to pot dispensaries for medical use. After Sapp's death, the witness said she learned that Sapp was also attempting to sell marijuana through a Craigslist ad.


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Sapp was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Florida native. He moved to Oakland a year before his death.

Testimony continues this week.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.