BART Killer John Lee Cowell Found Sane During Nia Wilson StabbingA judge ruled Monday that John Lee Cowell, convicted last week of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing 18-year-old Nia Wilson and premeditated attempted murder for stabbing Wilson’s sister, Letifah Wilson, was sane at the time of the attack.
Nia Wilson Murder Defendant John Cowell Screams Vulgarities; Removed From CourtroomNia Wilson's accused killer John Cowell was removed from his murder trial Thursday after yelling out vulgarities when prosecutors began to show a surveillance video of the fatal attack to jurors.
Nia Wilson Murder Defendant John Lee Cowell Claims He Hears Alien VoicesIn a series of bizarre ramblings from the witness stand, John Lee Cowell, who is accused of stabbing to death Nia Wilson on the MacArthur BART station platform, told jurors he hears voices from alien technology implanted in his ear.
Courtroom Emotions Soar As Nia Wilson's Sisters Describe Her Fatal BART StabbingTears flowed in an Oakland courtroom as Nia Wilson's sisters took the stand to emotionally describe for jurors the struggle to save the dying 18-year-old's life on the MacArthur BART station platform.
Nia Wilson's Family In Tears As Former BART Officer Describes Attempt To Save Her LifeA former BART police officer testified Thursday how he unsuccessfully tried to save the life of 18-year-old Nia Wilson after she was stabbed on the platform of the MacArthur BART station in Oakland in 2018.
John Lee Cowell Outburst Disrupts Opening Statements In Nia Wilson BART Murder TrialThe murder trial of a transient man accused in the 2018 fatal stabbing of Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART station got off to a troubling start Wednesday with an outburst by the defendant during opening statements.
Judge Orders Sheriff's Sergeant To Stand Trial For Felony Eavesdropping On Juvenile SuspectsA judge ruled on Tuesday that prosecutors produced sufficient evidence to have an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant stand trial on four felony eavesdropping counts for allegedly making illegal and secret recordings of juvenile suspects last year.
Judge Rejects Attempt To Raise Bail Of Ex-Google EngineerA federal judge has rejected a government recommendation that he impose a $10 million bail bond on a former Google engineer who is accused of stealing self-driving car technology before joining Uber's effort to build robotic taxis.
Man Given Max Term For Hit-And-Run That Left SFPD Officer Permanently Brain DamagedA San Francisco man has been sentenced to the maximum term for a hit-and-run that left a San Francisco police officer severely brain damaged.
San Francisco Drive-By Murder Defendants Can Obtain Private Social Media PostsAttorneys for two suspects in the 2013 drive-by slaying of Jaquan Rice Jr. at a Hunters Point bus stop can obtain private postings from Bay Area social media companies to help in their defense.
Lead Paint Suppliers Settle 20-Year-Old Bay Area Lawsuit For $305 MillionSeveral Bay Area Counties including Santa Clara, San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo announced a major victory in a decades-long legal battle against makers of lead-based paint.
Guilty Verdict In Hit-And-Run Of San Francisco Police Officer Elia Lewin-TankelA man accused of running over San Francisco police officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, leaving him severely brain damage, was found guilty Thursday of several counts and now faces a lengthy prison sentence.
Milpitas Grandmother Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Grandson Makes Initial Court AppearanceA 70-year-old woman accused of strangling her 3-year-old grandson in Milpitas Monday made her first appearance in Santa Clara County Superior Court Friday.
Retired Judge Assigned To Preside Over Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire TrialAlameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara was assigned Monday as trial judge in the upcoming trial of two men facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire.
Man Detained After Incendiary Device Lit At San Francisco Hall Of JusticeA person of interest was detained Thursday in connection with an incendiary device that was ignited at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, leading to a brief evacuation and the cancellation of court hearings for the rest of the day, according to authorities.