MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office has charged two people with murdering an 18-year-old Bay Point man who was shot in February, during what police describe as a robbery under the guise of a gun deal.
Donald Ray Jeter Jr., 21, and Ramon D. Brown Jr., 21, were charged with murdering Andre Piazza, as well as a related robbery count. Piazza was shot and killed Feb. 15 in Bay Point.
Jeter is also a suspect in the robbery and shooting of a KPIX security guard, which occurred in Oakland days after Piazza was killed. He remains in custody in Alameda County, where public records indicate he is being held on multiple murder and robbery counts.
Jeter, a Bay Point resident, was identified by an eyewitness as the man who shot Piazza, a Bay Point resident who went by the nickname “Biggie.” Brown is alleged to have participated in the robbery and pointed guns Piazza and his friend.
According to an eyewitness, Piazza spent his last day alive trying to purchase a firearm, because he was worried about threats from his ex-girlfriend’s family. He and a friend went to an illicit marijuana dispensary in Bay Point and tried to purchase a firearm there, authorities allege.
Then, later in the day, Piazza arranged to buy a gun off of a friend he knew as “DJ,” who was later identified as Jeter. Piazza and Jeter met that evening, and Piazza allegedly paid Jeter $400.
According to an eyewitness, Jeter counted the money several times and pretended to start handing over the pistol, but instead pointed it at Piazza and said, “Y’all don’t move.” Seconds later, the gun went off, and Piazza was struck by a bullet and died, police said.
The witness initially lied to police, but eventually identified Jeter as the shooter, explaining at Brown’s preliminary hearing he did so because he was “scared for my life.” During his testimony, he also admitted to being arrested for gun possession just days after Piazza was killed, according to the preliminary hearing transcript.
Brown was ordered to stand trial at a preliminary hearing last month. Jeter, meanwhile, remains in Alameda County, where he faces more than two dozen felony charges, according to public records.