Alameda Woman Will Stand Trial for 2015 Murder

Alameda Woman Will Stand Trial for 2015 Murder


Alameda resident Donna Marie Qualls will stand trial on murder and elder abuse charges in 2017. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman ordered Qualls, 55, to return to court for arraignment on Jan. 5, when her trial date will be set.

Qualls is accused of allegedly murdering her boyfriend Emmanuel Lewis Christy, 73, on Dec. 3, 2015, (“Local Murder Case Looms” Dec. 10). Qualls pled not guilty to the charges at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 7, 2015. 

Police say the pair argued over money and the argument turned physical when Christy punched Qualls at her apartment on the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue on the fatal night. Qualls later waited until Christy fell asleep, then shot him. Alameda Police Department (APD) Detective Alex Keden testified that Qualls called 911 after the shooting and told a dispatcher, “I shot him. He’s been hurting me and he told me to give him money.”

Officers arrived at the residence at 10:19 a.m. and found Christy lying on his right side on the bed with a gunshot wound to his left temple. Christy was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers arrested her without incident,” said APD Lt. Jill Ottaviano. “She was cooperative and stated what happened.” 

Qualls’ lawyer was seeking a manslaughter charge instead of murder. Qualls in currently being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.