Two men plead not guilty to Oakland double murder

OAKLAND (BCN) — Two men pleaded not guilty on Monday to special circumstances murder charges in the fatal shooting of two cousins at an East Oakland apartment complex in 2011.

Kyle Puckett, 26, and Dashawn Rico, 22, are accused in the deaths of Raymond Greenwood, 20, of Oroville, and Joshua Crouseite, 22, of Fairfield, in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at about 11:40 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2011.

Puckett and Rico are each charged with two counts of murder plus two special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a robbery and committing multiple murders.

Prosecutors allege that Puckett fired the shots that claimed the lives of Greenwood and Crouseite.

The case was unsolved for about three and a half years but authorities finally arrested Puckett and Rico on March 19.

Puckett and Rico are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on July 20 for a pre-hearing conference. Their preliminary hearing, which will determine if there’s enough evidence to have them ordered to stand trial, was set for Oct. 5.

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