DA files murder, attempted rape and robbery charges against Kamau Berlin

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By Berkeleyside Staff Writer Emilie Raguso

The Alameda County District Attorney charged 18-year-old Kamau Berlin with murder in the stabbing death of 72-year-old Nancy McClellan on Friday. Berlin, a B-Tech student, also has been charged with attempted rape, attempted robbery and attempted carjacking, as well as elder abuse resulting in death.


He appeared in court Friday morning with about half a dozen family members and supporters, and had been scheduled to enter a plea in the case. Instead, the plea was postponed until January 9th due to the addition of significant charges in the case. His family declined to comment to the media. Also in attendance were about nine of McClellan’s supporters from the Berkeley Zen Center.

McClellan was mortally stabbed after leaving the center following a wedding on September 19th.

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This news first appeared on Berkeleyside and has been reprinted here with permission.

Source of 2011 photo of Kamau Berlin: Facebook

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