Man guilty for 2nd time of murder during marijuana robbery

OAKLAND (KRON)—A 49-year-old man from Oakland has been found guilty for the second-time Wednesday for killing a neighbor to steal a quarter pound of marijuana, prosecutors said.

An Alameda County Superior Court jury found Gregory Gadlin guilty of murdering his next-door Evan Meisner, 22, on March 31, 2011.

The shooting happened inside Gadlin’s home on Lyon Avenue shortly after midnight, but it wasn’t until the next day around 8:30 a.m. that Meisner was found dead.

Gadlin was first found guilty of Meisner’s death back in 2013 after a jury deliberated for two hours.

He was sentenced to 116 years to life in prison. Gadlin appealed the case and was granted another trial because he wasn’t allowed to fire his lawyer and represent himself.

Gadlin’s lawyer in the new trial said there was no evidence proving Gadlin and Meisner knew each other and there was no DNA evidence tying Gadlin to the crime scene.

The prosecutor in the case, Warren Ko, said ballistic evidence tied Gadlin to the crime.

Gadlin’s cousin testified during the trial saying he sold her a quarter-pound of marijuana the day after the murder.

Gadlin will return to court for sentencing on Oct. 13.

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