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East Palo Alto homicide suspect makes initial court appearance

Warren Morrison Jr. accused in shooting death of Jarmal Magee, 31

A Stockton man made his initial appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday to face charges that he shot and killed a man in October in East Palo Alto, prosecutors said.

San Mateo County prosecutors allege Warren Morrison Jr., 23, killed Jamal Magee, 31, with seven gunshots to the upper body on the night of Oct. 25 in the 300 block of Wisteria Drive.

Morrison is in custody on $5 million bail, according to prosecutors. He did not enter a plea and will return to court on Dec. 9.

Police responded at 9:25 p.m. to ShotSpotter gunshot detection system activity and found Magee lying in the street next to an open passenger door of a Chevrolet Volt, according to prosecutors.

Witnesses told police that Magee got into an argument with Morrison and another man, 45, before being shot, prosecutors said.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said because the investigation is ongoing, prosecutors are not sharing what Magee and other two were arguing about.

Either Morrison or the 45-year-old man or both hit and kicked Magee as Morrison allegedly used a handgun to shoot Magee twice, according to prosecutors.

Magee got up to run away and Morrison allegedly shot him three more times. Magee fell and Morrison allegedly shot him two times more in the back, according to prosecutors.

Morrison evaded police for two weeks before officers arrested him Nov. 11 at a motel in Tracy, prosecutors said.

Morrison's attorney, private defender Randy Hey, could not immediately be reached for comment.

— Bay City News Service

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