MARTINEZ -- A 19-year-old Hayward man was charged Tuesday with murder in the death of an alleged accomplice in last week's jewelry store robbery in San Ramon, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Hayward resident Kibrom Bairu, 18, was fatally shot by the owner of Gold N Treasures on Thursday when he and three other men robbed the San Ramon Valley Boulevard store at gunpoint, said deputy district attorney John Cope. Investigators said Bairu was pointing a gun at the store owner when the owner shot Bairu in self-defense.

Police arrested Krishneel Prasad the next day on suspicion of taking part in the robbery.

The men were running from the store carrying backpacks filled with stolen property when a mortally wounded Bairu collapsed in the street, Cope said.

"(Prasad) was the last one out and ran right by (Bairu)," Cope said.

Prasad was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on one count of murder and three counts of armed robbery. He is charged with Bairu's death under the Provocative Act Doctrine, which holds active crime participants liable for a homicide that occurs in the course of the crime regardless of who committed the killing.

After a judge read his charges in court, Prasad said, "I have a question, your honor. I never possessed a handgun."

Judge Nancy Davis Stark advised the defendant to talk to a public defender.

Prasad is being jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. He's scheduled to return to court to enter a plea June 14.

The two other suspects in the robbery remained at-large Tuesday.


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