Oakland: Man charged in fatal baseball-bat beating of unhoused victim

OAKLAND — A man has been charged with murder in the fatal baseball bat beating of an unhoused man who was apparently attacked while he was sleeping in a Chinatown doorway, according to authorities and court records.

The suspect, Reddick Mickle Jr., 46, of San Francisco, is on federal probation for a 2008 federal court drug conviction in Iowa, according to court records.

He was charged Thursday in the April 26 killing of 69-year-old Ronard Spann. Spann, who authorities said was unhoused, was found about 7:33 a.m. bludgeoned to death in the doorway to a vacant business in the 300 block of Tenth Street. where it appeared he had been sleeping.

Surveillance video recovered in the area showed Spann was beaten with an aluminum baseball bat, authorities said.

Investigators were eventually able to identify Mickle as the suspect with the help of his former and current probation officers, the documents say.

Investigators said Mickle did not know Spann and that the motive for the deadly attack is unknown.

Mickle was arrested Wednesday in San Francisco. The bat has not been recovered.

He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail. He is scheduled to enter a plea June 9.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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