Suspect Confesses to Alamedan’s Murder

An Oakland man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the fatal shooting of an Alameda resident five years ago.

Daquan Lane, 25, entered a guilty plea before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer for his role in the fatal shooting of Eric Lamont Franklin outside his residence on the 700 block of Eagle Avenue on Sept. 11, 2010. Police say Franklin was shot three times outside his apartment. He was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

Authorities believe the shooting was a result of an attempted robbery by Lane and co-defendant Leondre Paige. Police say they have probable cause it was Paige who actually pulled the trigger. Lane is compelled to testify against Paige, 26, as part of the agreement, at Paige’s trial later this year, according to his lawyer William Dubois. He is also required to testify against another man, Dante Burch, 26, in a separate trial.

Paige and Burch, of Concord, are charged with the murder of another man, 26-year-old Darrell Bradford, on the 1200 block of Kentwood Lane in the unincorporated Ashland area of San Leandro on June 14, 2011.

The trial for the murder of Bradford began yesterday at the Davidson Alameda County Courthouse, according to Alameda County records.

Dubois said if his client complies with the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to reduce Lane’s murder charge to manslaughter and ask for a maximum of six years in prison. Prosecutors will also dismiss a gun charge that could have brought on an additional 25 years of prison time for Lane.

Alameda Police Department (APD) began investigating Paige in 2011 when Alameda County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation of Paige for the Bradford murder. APD said there were similarities between the Bradford and Franklin murders. Paige was arrested on March 15, 2014, by Sacramento police for allegedly being in possession of a stolen rental vehicle at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento. Sacramento police transported him to Alameda County after learning of his warrant. He was charged with the Bradford murder on March 19 of the same year.

Police say Bradford’s brother got into a dispute with Burch at the Ashland Apartments after he refused to sell marijuana to Burch’s girlfriend. During the dispute, Burch said he would come back with several people and one of them included Paige, according to Alameda County Sherriff’s Detective Patrick Smyth.

When Burch returned, he and Bradford’s brother got into a physical altercation. Bradford tried to intervene, but Paige took out a gun from his waistband and shot him at close range three times, just like Franklin. Bradford was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he was pronounced dead.

Lane was arrested on March 31, 2014, at his home in Oakland. His next hearing is set for Dec. 18.

Contact Ekene Ikeme at eikeme@alamedasun.com.