Contra Costa County DA charges El Sobrante murder suspect

MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged a 23-year-old man in connection with a double shooting last week that claimed a Pittsburg man’s life and injured a woman, authorities said.

Just after 8:40 p.m. on March 31, Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies arrived at an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Appian Way in El Sobrante after a report of a possible assault and found the man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man, later identified as Dejante Kennedy, 25, of Pittsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman, identified as Azalya Gonzales, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Soon after, detectives with the sheriff’s homicide unit identified Pierre P. Jackson Jr. as the shooting suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Detectives arrested Jackson on Monday and booked him into Martinez city jail on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide.

Jackson, who also faces special-allegation charge enhancements for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, was in custody Wednesday night in lieu of $3.5 million bail, according to a county records check.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s investigation division at 925-313-2600, e-mail or call 866-846-3592 to share anonymous information.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly, Nate Gartrell