Orinda homi­cide sus­pects avoid im­me­di­ate charges

Vallejo’s Devin Isiah Wil­liamson one of five re­leased from jail

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nate Gartrell

MARTINEZ >> The Con­tra Costa County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice has de­clined to charge any of the five sus­pects ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the Hal­loween shoot­ing in an Airbnb-rented Orinda man­sion that left five peo­ple dead and sev­eral more in­jured.

The sus­pects had been iden­ti­fied as Le­braun Tyree Wal­lace, 28, of San Ma­teo; Jaquez Deshawn Sweeney, 20, of Marin City; Ja­son D. Iles, 20, of Marin City; Sham­ron Joshua Mitchell, 30, of An­ti­och; and Devin Isiah Wil­liamson, 20, of Vallejo. They were ar­rested last week af­ter au­thor­i­ties served war­rants in Marin City, Vallejo, An­ti­och and San Ma­teo.

All five peo­ple ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing are ex­pected to be re­leased from jail. Sweeney, listed as a jail in­mate Mon­day morn­ing, was no longer in cus­tody by Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic records. The other four de­fen­dants re­main jailed as of 6 p.m. Mon­day.

A sher­iff spokesman said Mon­day that the district at­tor­ney “wants more in­ves­ti­ga­tion done,” with­out elab­o­ra­tion. In a state­ment to the me­dia Mon­day af­ter­noon, a district at­tor­ney spokesman did not ex­plain the de­ci­sion.

“Today the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice met with mem­bers of the Con­tra Costa County Of­fice of the Sher­iff to re­view the Orinda Hal­loween shoot­ing in­ci­dent. No crim­i­nal charges are be­ing filed at this time against any in­di­vid­ual,” of­fice spokesman Scott Alonso said. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.”

Alonso would not com­ment on whether the de­fen­dants had been cleared of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing and im­plied the case may

come back for fil­ing at a later date. There is no statute of lim­i­ta­tions on mur­der charges.

Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the sher­iff, said in a writ­ten state­ment that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is far from over.

“We stand by our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the ar­rests were made pur­suant to a judge’s or­der. Al­though the district at­tor­ney may want more in­ves­ti­ga­tion done, the per­sons ar­rested and re­spon­si­ble for these crimes will ul­ti­mately be held to ac­count,” Lee said. “The en­tire in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing as is com­mon in these types of com­plex cases.”

The district at­tor­ney’s de­ci­sion comes just days af­ter Con­tra Costa County Sher­iff David Liv­ingston ap­peared at a press con­fer­ence, handed out pho­tos of the five men and de­scribed them as par­tic­i­pants in a con­spir­acy that re­sulted in the five killings.

Wil­liamson was ar­rested as an ac­ces­sory, po­lice said. The other four were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der and con­spir­acy.

Mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment sources have de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a shootout be­tween mul­ti­ple groups of peo­ple but de­clined to pro­vide spe­cific de­tails. Po­lice sources said early on that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volved probes of gangs in San Fran­cisco, Marin City and other parts of the Bay Area.

The vic­tims have been iden­ti­fied as Tiyon Far­ley, 22, of An­ti­och; Omar Tay­lor, 24, of Pitts­burg; Ray­mon Hill Jr., 23, of San Fran­cisco/Oak­land; Javlin County, 29, of Sausalito/ Rich­mond; and Oshi­ana Tomp­kins, 19, of Vallejo/ Her­cules.

Po­lice have de­scribed the shoot­ing and its af­ter­math as “chaotic” and “a blood­bath,” say­ing mul­ti­ple shoot­ers were in­volved and mass panic broke out af­ter the ini­tial shots. In ad­di­tion to those killed at the party, at­tended by more than 100 peo­ple, three suf­fered gun­shot wounds and oth­ers were in­jured af­ter jump­ing 30 feet from the bal­cony to es­cape the chaotic scene.

Liv­ingston said Fri­day that two of the vic­tims — Hill and County — were armed and sug­gested they may have “played a role” in the shoot­ing.

In calls to po­lice, wit­nesses de­scribed vic­tims ly­ing in pools of blood in­side the house. Other callers re­ported par­ty­go­ers jump­ing off bal­conies and hid­ing in clos­ets to es­cape the gun­fire, ac­cord­ing to po­lice call logs. One woman was badly in­jured when she jumped off a sec­ond-story bal­cony, po­lice said.

Sev­eral wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing a man wear­ing a bright-col­ored, hooded sweat­shirt shoot­ing a Mac 10 or Mac 12-style firearm, ac­cord­ing to the call logs. Gun­shot vic­tims drove them­selves to hos­pi­tals in Berke­ley, Oak­land and Wal­nut Creek.

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