Perata testifies in car jacking case

March 17, 2009 2:01:22 PM PDT
Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata testified today that he thought he was going to be shot when a man carjacked his state-issued red Dodge Charger in Oakland in December 2007.

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Perata took the stand in the trial of 25-year-old Jared Adams, who is accused of carjacking Perata and also of firing shots in a separate gas station robbery 13 days later that struck 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez while he was taking a piano lesson across the street.

Perata, who described himself as being "a civilian" now because his term in the state Legislature ended this past December, said a man tapped on his car window around 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2007 as he was stopped at a stoplight at the intersection of 51st Street and Shattuck Avenue on his way to a freeway.

"A gun was put in my face and I was ordered out of my car," Perata said.

"I got out of the car quickly," Perata said. The man then got in his car and drove off.

Adams is charged with a total of 12 crimes including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, carjacking, auto theft and receiving a stolen car.

Prosecutor Nancy O'Malley told jurors in her opening statement that Adams, his former girlfriend, 20-year-old Maeve Clifford, and his friend, 24-year-old Ryan McGough of San Leandro, participated in a series of carjackings and car thefts to rebuild Clifford's Camaro.

She said Clifford and McGough have pleaded guilty to various charges and are expected to testify against Adams. Clifford is expected to testify on Wednesday.

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