Friday, May 16, 2008

Berkeley Murder Victim Was Arrested in 2005

Fri, May 16, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Maceo Smith, who was murdered in Berkeley on May 13, was arrested in 2005 with several other men for a Richmond double murder that was retaliation for an earlier Oakland murder, according to Berkeley Police Sergeant Mary Kusmiss.

Maceo Smith, who was murdered in Berkeley on May 13, was arrested in 2005 with two other men for a Richmond double murder that was retaliation for an earlier Oakland murder, according to Berkeley Police Sergeant Mary Kusmiss.

The Richmond victims were "bombarded with gunfire," according to a July 22, 2005 San Francisco Chronicle article, which continued: "Arrested Thursday were Emando Roos, 26, of Hayward, and Maceo Smith, 30, and Dwayne Murphy, 24, both of Berkeley. Three other men are wanted in connection with the killings: Koffi Thomas, 30, of Hayward, and Joseph Carroll Jr., 18, and Jason Parrot, 32, both of Berkeley.

"Police say three of the suspects fired shots, one drove the car, and the two others conspired to kill and possibly supplied the weapons. Four of the men are on parole and would also be charged with parole violations," the Chronicle story continued. The arrestees were released.

One of Smith's fellow arrestees, Dwayne Murphy, died in a drive-by shooting at 63rd Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Berkeley last September.—Anneli Rufus

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