Oakland

Trial Begins in Sandra Coke’s Homicide

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NBC Bay Area

The trial against an Oakland man accused of murdering federal investigator Sandra Coke is set to begin Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court.

Randy Alana was the longtime boyfriend of Coke, an investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, who is charged with her murder. She disappeared from her Oakland home in August 2013 and her body was found five days later in Vacaville.

Alana has 17 prior convictions.

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