Fresno District Attorney seeks death penalty for suspect in Fresno shooting rampage

This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morning rampage that left several dead according to police. (Fresno Police Department via AP)

The Fresno District Attorney's Office says they are seeking the death penalty in the cases filed against Kori Muhammad.

Muhammad, 39, is currently charged in separate cases and accused of committing a total of four murders over a six-day span last April.

Muhammad is charged with shooting and killing security guard Carl Williams at a Motel 6 in Central Fresno on April 13th, then gunning down Zackary Randalls, Mark Gassett, and David Jackson during a shooting spree near downtown Fresno on April 18th.

The DA says along with the murder charges, Muhammad is charged with special circumstances alleging that one of the victims was killed by Muhammad due to their race. The other special circumstance is the allegation that Muhammad committed multiple murders.

The DA says both special circumstances make Muhammad eligible to receive the death penalty.

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp released the following statement:

“The District Attorney’s Office has conducted an extensive review of the facts and circumstances of this case, including an examination of Mr. Muhammad’s conduct prior to, during, and after his arrest for these murders. The review also included a meeting with Mr. Muhammad’s defense team, which presented evidence and argument to consider on behalf of Mr. Muhammad. In making this decision, the Office weighed all of the evidence, including the deliberate choices made by Mr. Muhammad, as evidenced by his statements made to the media from within the Fresno County Jail. After considering the law and the responsibilities of this Office, the decision was made to seek the death penalty in this case.”

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