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Two Suspects Arrested in Killing of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine




Charges were filed last week against two individuals in the murder of 8-year-old of Alaysha Carradine.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning at a press conference held by Oakland Police Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, California Department of Justice Chief of the Bureau of Investigations Kent Shaw and Mayor Jean Quan.

Carradine was at a sleepover on July 17 with two other children and their grandmother in the Dimond District neighborhood when gunfire struck the apartment’s front security screen door killing Carradine and wounding three others.

Darnell Williams, 22, of Oakland and Joseph Carroll, 27, of Oakland were arrested and charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder. Both have been charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

According to the Oakland Police Department, the suspects were seeking revenge for killing of Carroll’s cousin, Jermaine David, earlier that day in Berkeley. Carroll is said to have masterminded the shooting, and Williams acted as the shooter.

Williams has also been charged in the Berkeley homicide of Anthony Medearis, who is said to have robbed and killed after a dice game in September, according to court reports.

“We have spent a lot of hours and time on this case – for good reason. Some crimes rock the agency and the community; they affect us forever. This is one. Killing an 8-year-old is as despicable as it gets,” said Assistant Police Chief Figueroa.