PITTSBURG -- Three Antioch residents were arraigned Wednesday on felony charges in connection with the debt-motivated killing of a 44-year-old man outside his home last week, a prosecutor said.
The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office has charged 25-year-old Felicia Viscaina and 31-year-old Joshua Perry with murder in the Nov. 8 fatal shooting of Vaughn Walker on West 18th Street in Antioch. Forrest Murray, 30, has been charged with possession of ammunition, and being an accessory after the fact.
Walker was killed over a $158 debt he owed Viscaina, who was recently released from County Jail after serving a year for a car theft conviction and was on parole for a residential burglary conviction at the time of the homicide, said deputy district attorney Mary Knox. The exact reason for the debt is unknown.
Perry and Viscaina twice visited Walker's home that day before returning a third time with a person who investigators suspect was Murray, Knox said. Walker went out on his porch to talk to them and, after a few minutes, opened the front door and told his wife that he had been shot.
Walker's wife rushed him to a hospital, where he died soon after of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver.
Antioch police captured Viscaina and Perry the next day as they left an Antioch motel. Murray allegedly told police that he planned to help the couple flee to Yosemite to hide out, but he ran out of gas near his house before reaching them,
All three appeared in a Pittsburg courtroom Wednesday and were referred to the Public Defender's Office. They each have a high bail in reflection of "third strike" allegations for prior serious and violent felony convictions, Knox said. Murray's bail is $2.015 million, Viscaina's is $4.5 million, and Perry's is $3.05 million.
Perry and Viscaina are also considered suspects in a recent residential burglary in Clayton, according to the prosecutor.
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