November 24, 2020

Alameda DA files murder charges in Vallejo man’s killing; prosecutors say he initiated shooting, victim was also accidentally shot by friend

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OAKLAND — A 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murdering a man whom police say was also shot by another person — the victim’s friend — after the defendant allegedly opened fire at their car.

Danny Webb Jr. was charged with murder and shooting at an occupied car last June, though the charges have not been previously reported. Last week, he was ordered to stand trial by Judge Steven Thomas, court records show. A trial date has not been set.

Webb is charged with murdering Justin Esco, 25, a Vallejo resident who was killed around 11 p.m. April 17, in a shooting on the 9700 block of Golf Links Road. A 21-year-old man was wounded but survived.

According to a police probable cause statement, Webb opened fire at a car containing Esco and at least one other person. Esco’s friend returned fire and struck him in the torso, police said. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Later that day, Webb was dropped off at a hospital in Richmond for medical treatment. The car that dropped him off was also seen driving from the shooting, the probable cause statement alleges. Webb was arrested May 28 in Pleasanton, records show.

A decade ago, Webb was charged with murder in a shooting that police alleged was accidental. In 2012 — after his case went to trial and jurors deadlocked twice — he was sentenced to nine years in a voluntary manslaughter plea deal.

In that case, prosecutors alleged that Webb accidentally shot and killed 30-year-old David Perry, after Perry’s friend spat on Perry’s mother during an argument. The defense argued that Webb wasn’t even present for the shooting and had been falsely accused.

Webb is in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is being held without bail. His next court date, an arraignment, is set for Friday, according to court records.

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Author: Nate Gartrell

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