Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation (Update)

Alameda Police Department

Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation (Update)

On Thursday, August 4, Alameda Police Department (APD) announced on their Facebook page that an arrest had been made in the homicide of an Alameda woman.

Donovann Sanders, 19, of Tracy, was arraigned in an Alameda County courtroom Monday, Aug. 8, for allegedly killing Alameda resident Kalilah Winford, 19. According to a police report, APD officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon report on the 1800 block of Everett Street at 8:51 p.m. on July 31. Upon arrival at the apartment complex, officers found Winford suffering from a gunshot wound and they rendered medical aid. Winford was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries two days later.

According to court documents, which were first reported on KTVU, Sanders shot Winford in the head from outside her bedroom window. APD officers were able to view surveillance footage of the apartment complex. APD officer Alyssa Schlitt wrote in the probable cause statement that in the video Sanders is seen parking his vehicle down the street, walking toward Winford’s apartment and talking on his cellphone shortly before the shooting.

Police said the victim knew the suspect and this was not a random killing. The victim’s mother said she has known Sanders for years, according to reports. Sanders was identified as a suspect through cellphone GPS records, the surveillance video, and because he allegedly used his stepfather’s gray Chevrolet Equinox during the killing, which was visible in the surveillance video, according to police.

Sanders was arrested in Tracy. He allegedly had a short barrel rifle with him in a vehicle when he was arrested, according to reports. Police have not disclosed a specific motive, but Winford’s mother said the two had been arguing earlier that evening.

Sanders is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without. He is charged with murder and shooting at an occupied dwelling. Sanders will have his plea hearing on August 25.

APD expressed their gratitude to the Tracy Police Department for their help in taking the suspect into custody, and they also thanked the Oakland Police Department and California Highway Patrol’s for their support. This is still an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD’s Investigation Unit at 510-337-8336.