For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, BPD, (510) 981-5780


Berkeley, California (Friday, August 14, 2009) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2006 murder. The Alameda County District Attorney has charged Bahsson Carl Smith, 28, of Berkeley with one count of 187(a) PC for the February 2006 shooting death of Keith Stephens.

On February 19, 2006 at about 7:10 p.m., BPD officers found Stephens shot to death in front of 1256 Carrison Street in Southwest Berkeley. Officers had responded to 911 calls from community members who reported hearing gunfire in that neighborhood.

Detectives had developed strong leads soon after the crime, but did not have any cooperative witnesses or enough evidence to make any arrests. Detectives left the file within reach and periodically pursued other angles in the case during the following three years.

Smith is currently in the custody of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) on an unrelated offense. He was served in prison with the arrest warrant for his involvement in the Stephens homicide.

The arrest of Bahsson Carl Smith marks the closure of all 2006 Berkeley homicide cases. On February 24, 2009, Justin Michael Johnson, 19, was arrested for the February 10, 2006 stabbing death of Juan Carlos Ramos. In February 2008, BPD made arrests in the shooting of Wayne Drummond that happened on September 4, 2006.

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