15-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Foster Parents

Moses Kamin is being charged as an adult for allegedly killing his foster parents.

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    A 15-year-old Oakland resident pleaded not guilty to killing his foster parents.

    A 15-year-old Oakland boy pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of murder for allegedly strangling his adoptive parents.

    Moses Kamin, who is being prosecuted as an adult, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on April 16 for a pretrial hearing.

    Kamin, who wore a blue jail uniform at his brief hearing Monday, is accused of murdering his parents, Susan Poff, 50, and Robert Kamin, 55, who were found dead in a PT Cruiser parked outside their home at 284 Athol Ave. in Oakland about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, according to police.

    The couple worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
           
    Robert Kamin had worked with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department since 1994, providing mental health services to inmates, as well as working as a psychologist at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics-Walden House.

    Susan Poff had worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Housing and Urban Health Clinic since 2004 as a physician assistant.

    Police first responded to the couple's home around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 after a concerned employer called to report that an employee had not reported to work.

    Officers conducted a well-being check and spoke to an individual at the house, but nothing seemed suspicious and the officers left.

    Around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 police received a second call, and checked the home again. It was then that they found Kamin and Poff in the parked vehicle. They were pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. that night.

    Police did not disclose how the two were killed.

    Oakland police Officer Phong Tran said in a declaration filed in court that after Moses Kamin was arrested "he provided a full confession of personally killing both his parents."

    Tran said the boy also "provided details of the homicide that are consistent with the evidence recovered at the scene."

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