Ex-Public Defender Worker Charged With Murder in Contra Costa County

A Northern California paralegal who once worked for a public defender's office in a second-chance program for recently released inmates has been charged with killing someone he thought was a police informant.

William M. Edwards was expected to appear Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and murder in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old fatally shot a 22-year-old man he wrongly believed was a witness in a gang investigation. Investigators say Edwards is a member of an Oakland, California gang, according to court records.

The public defender's office told the East Bay Times it hired Edwards for a temporary position in 2016 after he served a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter.

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