The prosecution of Ramello Randle in the murder trial of Jonaye Lahkel Bridges has been marked by ongoing courtroom disruptions and legal challenges. Randle, a 28-year-old Oakland man, attempted to serve as his own attorney last year but was removed from the case after making derogatory remarks and disrupting proceedings. At a recent court appearance, Randle allegedly attempted to attack his own lawyer, Lawrence Strauss, during a hearing where he sought to represent himself again. The judge ultimately replaced Strauss with another attorney, Matthew Fregi.
The courtroom chaos has resulted in a mistrial and a delay in the proceedings. Randle is accused of placing a tracking device on Bridges’ vehicle, following her to a 7-Eleven in Antioch, and opening fire on her and a male companion. Bridges was killed, and the man sustained non-fatal gunshot injuries. Prosecutors argue that Randle’s internet searches, fingerprints on the gun used, texts about the tracking device, and evidence of arranging an alibi point to his guilt. Randle’s defense claims that Christopher Slaughter, his co-defendant, was the actual killer and is attempting to shift blame onto Randle.
The case remains unresolved, with Slaughter having already taken a plea deal to a manslaughter charge. Randle’s trial is pending, and a new attorney has been appointed to represent him.