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.
Florentino M. Morata, 85, is sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin accused of trying to murder his wife.
According to police, Morata came into Crown Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 815 Westline Drive, at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. He entered his wife’s room and allegedly shot her twice. He then turned the gun on himself. Not only did security cameras record the incident, but, according to police, Morata openly admitted that he had shot his wife. Both survived what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt.
All Alameda County Courthouses, with the exception of the Wiley W. Manuel (WWM) courthouse in Oakland, will be closed to the public for a holiday break from Friday, Dec. 23, to Jan. 2, 2017.
The closures are part of the Alameda County court system’s Voluntary Time-Off Program, according to an Alameda County Superior Court (ACSC) press release. Staff who participate will take five business days off without pay. The program is aimed at cutting costs without having to lay staff off.