OAKLAND -- Murder charges have been filed against a man suspected of fatally shooting an acquaintance last December in West Oakland in a dispute over a woman, authorities said Thursday.
Investigators said video surveillance in the area recovered by police played a key role in identifying the suspect, Lyle "Jersey" Johnson, also known as Isiah Lowery, 23. He was arrested in Las Vegas June 26 by U.S. Marshals.
Johnson is charged with the Dec. 27, 2013 fatal shooing of Aubert Gholston, 26. Besides the murder count he is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He has a prior 2009 drug conviction, authorities said.
Officer Jason Andersen said the two men knew each other and were having a dispute over a woman they both knew who was close to Gholston. Andersen said that on the day of the killing, Johnson was in a liquor store in the 1600 block of Eighth Street when he saw Gholston park his car across the street. He went to the car and confronted Gholston, who was inside the vehicle. After and argument, Johnson shot Gholston, Andersen said.
Gholston was able to drive away but crashed in the 900 block of Campbell Street and died at the scene.
Andersen said police found witnesses to the shooting but the key piece of evidence in the investigation was video surveillance recovered from the scene of the shooting.
Johnson fled and Andersen was able to get a probable cause warrant for his arrest. Information was developed that he was in Las Vegas. He was arrested at a relative's home there without incident and is facing extradition from Nevada.
Police said Johnson admitted the shooting but claimed it was self-defense, which police dispute.