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

Video shows teen confessed to killing Castro Valley woman in 2012

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/01/2015 03:55:57 PM PDT Updated: 07/01/2015 04:02:54 PM PDT OAKLAND -- It took about five minutes of questioning by Alameda County Sheriff's detectives before a 16-year-old Christian Birdsall confessed to killing Castro Valley resident Barbara Latiolais with his best friend during a burglary, an interrogation video shows.

Trial begins for teen who was 16 during killing of Castro Valley woman

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 06/29/2015 03:37:55 PM PDT Updated: 06/29/2015 09:08:19 PM PDT OAKLAND -- For hours they waited for Barbara Latiolais to leave her Castro Valley home so they could steal a gun, cash and jewelry -- and when she didn't, 16-year-old Christian Birdsall and 18-year-old Cody Nicosia hatched another plan, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

Oakland teen convicted of burning agender teen on bus resentenced before 18th birthday

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 06/29/2015 01:28:53 PM PDT Updated: 06/29/2015 09:13:31 PM PDT OAKLAND -- The sentence for an Oakland teen who set fire to another teen on an AC Transit bus was reduced Monday due to his success in juvenile detention, which means he likely won't have to serve any time in adult prison.

Oakland teen convicted of burning agender teen on bus resentenced before 18th birthday

mercurynews.com — Posted: 06/30/2015 06:00:05 AM PDT Updated: 06/30/2015 06:01:16 AM PDT OAKLAND -- The sentence for an Oakland teen who set fire to another teen on an AC Transit bus was reduced Monday due to his success in juvenile detention, which means he likely won't have to serve any time in adult prison.

Oakland man gets 15 years to life for beating girlfriend to death

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 06/26/2015 12:32:50 PM PDT Updated: 06/26/2015 12:32:51 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A 29-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison for beating his girlfriend to death on a Lake Merritt pathway in 2012.

Guilty verdict in 1999 murder of Pinole woman

mercurynews.com — Posted: 06/26/2015 03:39:02 PM PDT Updated: 06/26/2015 03:49:03 PM PDT MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa County jury Friday convicted Raymond Wong of first-degree murder in the 1999 shooting death of a 21-year-old woman with whom he shared a child and home in Pinole. The jury reached its verdict after only a day of deliberations.

Guilty verdict in 1999 murder of Pinole woman

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 06/26/2015 03:39:08 PM PDT Updated: 06/26/2015 03:40:48 PM PDT MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa County jury Friday convicted Raymond Wong of first-degree murder in the 1999 shooting death of a 21-year-old woman with whom he shared a child and home in Pinole. The jury reached its verdict after only a day of deliberations.

Union City man found guilty of Hayward auto auction killing

mercurynews.com — Posted: 06/25/2015 04:58:41 AM PDT Updated: 06/25/2015 04:59:13 AM PDT OAKLAND -- A Union City man was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances for killing two men at a Hayward auto auction yard in 2010.

Driver admitted to drug use before Fremont fatality

mercurynews.com — Posted: 06/24/2015 06:16:34 PM PDT Updated: 06/24/2015 07:30:43 PM PDT FREMONT -- Friends and family of a man killed on the shoulder of a Fremont highway demonstrated outside a courthouse Wednesday to press for more serious charges against the young woman accused of killing him with her car.

Driver admitted to drug use before Fremont fatality

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 06/24/2015 06:16:39 PM PDT Updated: 06/24/2015 06:19:14 PM PDT FREMONT -- Friends and family of a man killed on the shoulder of a Fremont highway demonstrated outside a courthouse Wednesday to press for more serious charges against the young woman accused of killing him with her car.
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Jul 01, 2015

Jurors hear 16-year-old Christian Birdsall's confession to Castro Valley woman's killing. mercurynews.com/crime-courts/c…

Jul 01, 2015

@MichaelW1966 it was Birdsall's confession. My story should be online shortly. I will tweet it in a bit:

Jul 01, 2015

Watching testimony today at Christian Birdsall's trial for the '12 killing of 58yo Barbara Latiolais in #CastroValley.

Jun 30, 2015

@Hales6ix Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced 8/28, but that date is likely to change to a later date.

Jun 30, 2015

Daniela Guzman convicted 2day of 2nd-degree murder for her role in 17yo Justice Afoa's '10 killing in Newark. She faces 15 years to life.

Jun 30, 2015

Crowd celebrating 10 yrs of @AlamedaCountyDA Family Justice Center, helping 20k victims of DV and sex crimes a year. pic.twitter.com/9GaGxxG8uE

Jun 30, 2015

ICYMI: Oakland teen resentenced for setting fire to agender youth on AC Transit bus bayareane.ws/1RR3yg0

Jun 30, 2015

RT @cathiegatison: Trial begins for teen who was 16 during killing of Castro Valley woman bayareane.ws/1g7fP4n @malaikafraley

Jun 30, 2015

@dezignated_hitt Wow, thanks! That was a nasty trial. He was aggressively terrible to his victims' families.

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