OAKLAND — For six months, an Oakland man has been in Santa Rita Jail facing charges that he murdered a 25-year-old man in the city last March.
Willie Howard Pope, 40, was charged last June with murder and gun possession in the March killing of Sean Phillip Collins, also of Oakland. Collins died at a hospital after being shot at around 12:45 p.m. on March 15, on the 9700 block of Edes Avenue, in the Brookfield Village neighborhood.
A probable cause statement filed in court and written by Oakland police Det. Hector Jimenez says Pope was identified as a suspect through “witnesses’ statements, surveillance footage and cellphone records.” The statement doesn’t reveal the suspected motive.
Court records say Pope also goes by Dquan Anthony.
Pope was due in court for a preliminary hearing this month, but it has been postponed to January, court records show. When it occurs, a judge will review prosecution evidence and determine if it is sufficient to order Pope to stand trial.
In 2012, Pope was arrested along with 39 others in a large-scale gang investigation in Oakland. He was charged with conspiracy and attempted murder in a May 17, 2011 shooting. He accepted a plea deal and conviction on assault charges, along with an eight-year sentence, according to media reports.
In the 2011 case, several of his co-defendants were charged with conspiracy for allegedly plotting to kill rivals, a plan that authorities say ended when police pulled over a car on the way to San Leandro to carry out the shooting. During that traffic stop, two Oakland officers shot and killed two of the car’s occupants, resulting in a federal lawsuit.
Pope is being held without bail in Santa Rita, according to court records.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment