Reporter covering courts and justice for the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group. Email me at mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com

Jury gets murder case of Hayward man accused of killing Castro Valley woman

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 04:23:06 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 04:23:06 PM PST OAKLAND -- Jury deliberations have begun at the murder and arson trial of a 20-year-old Hayward man who says he was coerced by his best friend into strangling a Castro Valley woman and burning her body and home during a 2012 burglary.

Former Raiderette files class-action lawsuit against the team

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 03:50:39 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 04:03:40 PM PST OAKLAND -- As a proposed $1.25 million settlement for cheerleader wage theft pends approval in an Alameda County court, another class action lawsuit over pay and compensation has been filed against the Oakland Raiders by a former Raiderette.

Judge rules man was legally sane when he shot and wounded Oakland cop

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 03:42:47 PM PST OAKLAND -- An 38-year-old man is facing around 60 years to life in prison after a judge this week determined he was legally sane when he shot an Oakland police officer in the thigh in 2013.

Fear of harm by best friend led to participation in Castro Valley murder, defendant testifies

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 04:07:08 PM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 04:07:08 PM PST OAKLAND -- A 20-year-old Hayward man testified Tuesday that he participated in the killing of a Castro Valley woman in 2012 because he feared that his best friend would kill him and his family if he didn't.

Hayward man charged with murder says plan was to burglarize home

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/26/2015 02:29:09 PM PST Updated: 01/26/2015 02:44:22 PM PST OAKLAND -- Barbara Latiolais was strangled because she never left her Castro Valley home the day two teenagers were set on burglarizing it, according to trial evidence.

Man convicted of attempted murders of Oakland cop and civilian

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/23/2015 03:21:25 PM PST OAKLAND -- A sanity trial begins Monday for a 38-year-old man who shot an Oakland police officer in the thigh in 2013. An Alameda County jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before convicting Nathaniel Cook of numerous felonies, including the attempted murders of retired Officer D'Vour Thurston and a second man who was shot at but not wounded.

Jurors get case against man who shot Oakland cop

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/22/2015 03:23:40 PM PST OAKLAND -- Jurors began deliberating Thursday in the case against a man who shot an Oakland police officer in the thigh. Prosecutor Patrick Moriarty says 38-year-old Nathaniel Cook intended to kill when he shot Officer D'Vour Thurston and shot at a second man after stealing a bicycle from a third man in East Oakland on Jan.

Ex-Pinole cop gets jail time for bankruptcy fraud in elder abuse case

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/21/2015 02:56:41 PM PST Updated: 01/21/2015 03:01:07 PM PST HAYWARD -- A former Pinole police officer accused of tricking an elderly Pleasanton neighbor into leaving him her estate was sentenced Wednesday to 66 days in jail and five years felony probation.

Castro Valley murder and arson trial begins with defendant acting briefly as his own attorney

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/20/2015 04:00:30 PM PST Updated: 01/20/2015 04:52:01 PM PST OAKLAND -- Acting briefly as his own attorney at his murder and arson trial, a 20-year-old Hayward man on Tuesday promised jurors an explanation as to why he killed 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and burned her body and Castro Valley home more than two years ago.

Castro Valley murder and arson trial begins with 20-year-old defendant acting briefly as his own attorney

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/20/2015 04:00:37 PM PST OAKLAND -- Acting briefly as his own attorney at his murder and arson trial, a 20-year-old Hayward man on Tuesday promised jurors an explanation as to why he killed 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and burned her body and Castro Valley home more than two years ago.
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Jan 29, 2015

"It was the friendship and love for Christian that caused Cody to do what he did," DDA Maldonado says.

Jan 29, 2015

Watching closing statements today at Cody Nicosia's trial for the '12 killing of Barbara Latiolais in #CastroValley

Jan 29, 2015

RT @beth_winegarner: Are Uber and Lyft drivers employees or independent contractors? Hearings over the next two days will help answer that question.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @mgafni: Mistrial declared on 5 other Joseph Martin charges, which all ended hung at 10 guilty-2 not guilty

Jan 27, 2015

ICYMI: Teen's chilling confession to #CastroValley woman's killing. Cody Nicosia is testifying today bayareane.ws/18qaCAW

Jan 27, 2015

RT @mgafni: Former #CHP officer Sean Harrington gives 1st public statement outside Martinez court after gets suspended sentence tout.com/m/detchz?ref=t…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @mercnews: CHP officer pleads no contest to sharing explicit photos of female arrestees, avoids jail bayareane.ws/1zUpLGe @mgafni

Jan 27, 2015

RT @Josh_Richman: VERY honored to be included on @WashingtonPost @TheFix's list of best state-based political reporters! washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

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