Wednesday, June 14, 2006


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Revisiting a victim of violence - The Meleia Tradgedy
1. Meleia - 15, 2. LightShine, 3. Meleia-2 - 29, 4. Meleia-2 - 28

Monday, April 17, 2006

Hollis' attorney to avoid a trial

Defense attorney John Burris, representing the accused murderer of Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07, said on April 13 that he will not take the case to trial as previously expected. This move could be a precursor to his client, Christopher Hollis, changing his plea of not guilty.

Read More in Dartmouth Online

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Berkeley slay suspect will be tried

OAKLAND -- A judge Friday ordered Christopher Hollis to stand trial for the murder of Dartmouth College student Meleia Willis- Starbuck, whom Hollis affectionately called "my sister."

Wearing red jail clothing and sitting next to his attorney, John Burris, Hollis, 22, of Hayward did not react when Judge Carlos Ynostroza announced there is enough evidence to hold a murder trial.

Read More from the Oakland Tribune

Friday, February 10, 2006

Driver in Shooting Takes Plea Deal

OAKLAND-The Berkeley man charged with murder in connection with the July shooting death of a Dartmouth College student agreed yesterday to testify in hearings for the suspected gunman in exchange for a lesser charge.

During a preliminary hearing continued from last week, court officials announced that attorneys had agreed on a plea bargain for 20-year-old Christopher Larry Wilson Jr., who originally faced two charges in connection with 19-year-old Meleia Willis-Starbuck's July 17 death.

Read More in the Daily Californian

Suspect in Student's Death Makes Plea Deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A suspect in the shooting death of a high school friend pleaded no contest to being an accessory to murder, then testified that another friend pulled the trigger, attorneys said.

Christopher Wilson Jr., 21, of Berkeley, entered his plea Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court. As part of a deal with prosecutors, Wilson agreed to testify against Christopher Hollis, who is charged with murdering Meleia Willis-Starbuck, said prosecutor Carrie Panetta.

Read More fro, Lancaster Online

Man testifies against friend in shooting case

The case of two men accused in the shooting death of a Dartmouth College student in Berkeley last summer took a stunning turn Thursday when one of the men admitted he drove the getaway car and fingered the other for firing the fatal shot.

Christopher Wilson, 21, entered a surprise no-contest plea to a charge of accessory to murder in the July 17 shooting of Meleia Willis-Starbuck near UC Berkeley.

Read More in the Contra Costa Times

Friday, February 03, 2006

Witness: Willis-Starbuck 'Amped' Before Shooting

A University of California, Berkeley football player testified today that Dartmouth College student Meleia Willis-Starbuck "sounded a little amped-up" just before she was shot to death in Berkeley in the early morning hours last July 17.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mitchell testifies in Willis-Starbuck case

Gregory Mitchell, a key witness in the Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07 shooting case, testified yesterday, but failed to contribute any significant new information to the case.

Granted immunity by the prosecution, Mitchell offered his version of the July 17 events during preliminary hearings on Jan. 26 and 31 and explained that he was drunk and asleep in the passenger's seat in the moments before Christopher Hollis allegedly shot Willis-Starbuck from the moving vehicle.

As Reported inThe Dartmouth

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Key Starbuck slaying witness says little

OAKLAND - A potentially crucial witness to the mysterious fatal shooting of Meleia Willis-Starbuck in Berkeley offered little insight this morning, asserting he was with the two men charged with the slaying but was asleep when the gunfire rang out.

"I remember waking up and I remember asking if that was fireworks," said Gregory Mitchell, 21, who said he was drunk and asleep in the passenger seat of a car in the moments leading up to the July 17, 2005, shooting.

Read More in the Contra Costa Times