Update: Four of five men arrested in connection with a shooting that killed five people at an Orinda Halloween party have been freed from custody after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges, according to the Associated Press.
The San Francisco Chronicle says jail records Monday night showed that four of the men were no longer in custody.
ORINDA, Calif. (KRON) – The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has announced that there will be no criminal charges against the five suspects arrested for the deadly Halloween party shooting at an Orinda Airbnb, according to FOX40 sister station KRON.
The DA’s office had until Monday night to bring forth charges against the men, but after prosecutors met with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office for several hours, ultimately they weren’t able to make a filing decision, which means no charges at this time.
The suspects were arrested on Thursday following raids that were conducted across the Bay Area.
Twenty-eight-year-old Lebraun Wallace of San Mateo, 20-year-old Jaquez Sweeney of Marin City, 20-year-old Jason Iles of Marin City, 30-year-old Shamron Mitchell of Antioch, and 20-year-old Devin Williamson of Vallejo were all arrested.
On Halloween, more than 100 people were at the party when shots rang out just before 11 p.m.
The shooting left five people dead.
“At this time there’s not enough to file any criminal charges, we have a high standard to meet, and we were just unable to do that today. It’s a terrible tragedy of what happened, any loss of life is senseless and gun violence is a serious issue, and we take it with the utmost care to ensure we can try to get this case prosecuted and get justice for the victims,” Scott Alonso said.
Now the sheriff’s office seems to stand by their arrested and their investigation so far.
The office released this statement:
“We stand by our investigation and the arrests were made pursuant to a judge’s order. Although the district attorney may want more investigation done, the persons arrested and responsible for these crimes will ultimately be held to account. The entire investigation is ongoing as is common in these types of complex cases.”
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office released this statement:
“Today the District Attorney’s Office met with members of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff to review the Orinda Halloween shooting incident. No criminal charges are being filed at this time against any individual. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at 925-313-2600.”
All five men will be released from jail, but officials were unclear on when the actual release will happen.
It’s possible one of the suspects will remain in custody on charges from a previous situation.
KRON reached out to the Mayor of Orinda to see if she had any comment, but have not yet heard back.
The investigation is still ongoing.