Prosecutors call train station shooting murder

April 21, 2009 1:00:57 PM PDT
Four years to the day after Jason Jackson Andrade of Sacramento was shot to death at the Emeryville Amtrak station, a prosecutor told jurors today that the suspect in the case should be convicted of murder because he knew exactly what he was doing.

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Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Connie Campbell said in her opening statement in the trial of 35-year-old Ahkin Mills that the shooting death of Andrade, 27, was not a random act of violence but instead was "a willful murder."

Campbell said that on April 21, 2005, Mills "made a decision that he was going to commit a murder."

She said, "Unfortunately for Jason, he was the random victim."

The prosecutor said Andrade had been visiting family members in Richmond and was waiting to get a 5 p.m. train to Sacramento so he could go back to his job as a kitchen worker at the University of California at Davis when Mills approached him and told him, "You ain't getting on that train."

Campbell said Andrade tried to ignore Mills and walk away but Mills eventually pulled out a revolver and fired at him 10 times, striking him with six bullets.

Mills' attorney is expected to argue that Mills' mental capacity was diminished because he told Emeryville police officers after they arrested him at the train station that he heard voices that told him to shoot.

But Campbell said Mills seemed to know exactly what he was doing because he made sure that Andrade didn't have a gun before he opened fire, he reloaded his weapon twice and he immediately surrendered to police when they arrived at the station.

She said Mills got on his knees, put his gun on the ground and told the arresting officer, "I'm the shooter, I'm the shooter, I'm the only one."

Campbell said Mills' statement was an admission of his guilt, showed he knew exactly what he had done and didn't contain any excuses.

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