OAKLAND -- A second suspect pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for a shooting in West Oakland last August in which a 46-year-old man was killed and a 7-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet.

Danny Thong, 22, was arrested Feb. 11 for an Aug. 24 incident in the 700 block of Sycamore Street at about 8 p.m. in which Otis Lee Key was killed, the boy was grazed with a bullet and at least one shot was fired toward another alleged victim.

Maurice Barrow, a 27-year-old Oakland man, was arrested on Nov. 20 and entered a not guilty plea to identical charges two weeks ago.

Thong and Barrow are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on March 4 for a pretrial hearing and on March 18 for a preliminary hearing at which a judge will determine if there's enough evidence against him to order him to stand trial.

Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause statement filed in court that a victim and a witness identified Barrow as being one of at least two shooters who came to the area armed with firearms and opened fire on a group of people who were standing there.

Rosin said Key suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene and the boy also suffered a gunshot wound but survived the assault.

In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, Barrow is charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and of having three prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison term if he's convicted.

Prosecutors said his prior convictions are for second-degree robbery, possession for sale of cocaine base and grand theft.



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