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DA Price to pursue murder charges against alleged Nishita killers

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Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price announced Monday that she plans to pursue murder charges against two men accused of killing Kevin Nishita. 

My office has reached a decision regarding the charges against two of the three defendants accused of murdering Kevin Nishita,” Price said. “We believe there is evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to charge both defendants, Shadihia Mitchell and Hershel Hale, each with one count of first-degree murder.”

Hale, Mitchell, and Laron Marques Gilbert were all charged with murder, attempted robbery, and assault with a firearm by Price’s predecessor, Nancy O’Malley in early 2022.

Price will continue with the charges against Mitchell and Hale, as Gilbert remains at large. 

Nishita, 58, was providing security for a KRON4 reporter on Oakland’s 14th Street when he was attacked by a group of men trying to steal the crew’s camera equipment. 

Nishita died in the hospital three days after the shooting. 

Nishita’s widow, Virginia, has been speaking out about wanting Price out of the office. 

“Kevin is the victim, we are the victims, we are the survivors of Kevin and he needs justice. And I have no confidence or trust in Pamela Price that will happen, so she needs to be recalled,” Virginia said.

Price said that one of the suspects, Gilbert, is still at large and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is still searching for Gilbert. 

A $40,000 reward is being offered for his arrest. 

A public defender representing Mitchell sent an email to KRON4 alleging that Gilbert fired the shots that killed Nishita, not Mitchell.

“This trial comes at a time when Mr. Nishita’s family continues to grieve. I understand, but I could never fully know the pain the Nishita family is experiencing at this moment.  I realize there is nothing that I can say that will remove their anguish because, ultimately, no charge will undo the senseless act of violence that killed him,” Price said.

Charlene

Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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