OAKLAND -- A judge revoked parole on Friday for a violent sex offender named as a person of interest in the death of federal defense investigator Sandra Coke.
Randy Alana, 56, appeared before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson on accusations that he violated his parole by having "numerous contacts" with Coke, failed to charge his GPS monitor, resisted arrest and absconded from parole.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has deemed Alana a dangerous prisoner; unlike other defendants brought out on charges Friday morning, he was shackled and handcuffed. During his brief hearing Alana turned his back on the courtroom, which had about a dozen people, most of them media.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Hora said he did not know why Alana had been told to stay away from Coke but said the condition was specific to her.
Parole officials would not say how many times Alana contacted Coke, or when and where the contacts occurred. Police have said Alana and Coke were together on Aug. 4, the night she disappeared.
They also would not say if Alana's GPS was working when Coke disappeared.
Alana is due back in court on Nov. 1 for another hearing regarding his parole status.
A registered sex offender with convictions for voluntary manslaughter, rape and kidnapping, Alana has been in custody since Aug. 6. He was arrested in Contra Costa County after a confrontation with police, authorities said.
Coke's death is still being investigated, and no charges have been filed against Alana or anyone else. She went missing on Aug. 4 and her body was found Aug. 9 near a Vacaville park. Police have not said how she died or offered any more information on a possible link between her death and Alana.
Coke, 50, was last seen by her 15-year-old daughter about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 after leaving their home in the 600 block of Aileen Street in North Oakland, reportedly to meet someone with information about the family's missing dog. Later that night Coke had been seen with Alana, whom friends say she dated 20 years ago. Sources said that video has been recovered showing Coke's car crossing the Carquinez Bridge after her disappearance. Coke's car was subsequently found in a West Oakland parking lot, and one of her cellphones was found in Richmond last week.
A massive search unfolded in Solano County, beginning Aug. 8 at the Solano County fairgrounds in Vallejo and moving Aug. 9 to Lagoon Valley Park near Vacaville, where her body was found.