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Pleasanton: Public information hard to come by in juveniles' case in Butler homicide

The Weekly tried unsuccessfully during the past week to receive a status update on the criminal case against four teenage boys charged with the murder of Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler.

The Alameda County DA's Office declined to comment because the case is in juvenile court due to the age of the defendants. It is unclear if prosecutors are considering whether to request a judge transfer the case to superior court to charge the defendants as adults.

The four teens, who are from the Tri-Valley but whose names have not been released, were arrested on May 22 after a five-week investigation into the fatal stabbing of Butler, a 19-year-old former Amador Valley High School student and judo athlete who competed internationally.

Butler died at a hospital after being stabbed during an altercation in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton, where Butler had a room, on the night of April 15. Pleasanton police allege the four juvenile suspects devised a plan to rob Butler of his inventory of marijuana wax cartridges, which Butler was selling, but the encounter turned violent.

Butler's death marked the city's first homicide since 2012.

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Pleasanton: Public information hard to come by in juveniles' case in Butler homicide

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 8:57 pm

The Weekly tried unsuccessfully during the past week to receive a status update on the criminal case against four teenage boys charged with the murder of Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler.

The Alameda County DA's Office declined to comment because the case is in juvenile court due to the age of the defendants. It is unclear if prosecutors are considering whether to request a judge transfer the case to superior court to charge the defendants as adults.

The four teens, who are from the Tri-Valley but whose names have not been released, were arrested on May 22 after a five-week investigation into the fatal stabbing of Butler, a 19-year-old former Amador Valley High School student and judo athlete who competed internationally.

Butler died at a hospital after being stabbed during an altercation in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton, where Butler had a room, on the night of April 15. Pleasanton police allege the four juvenile suspects devised a plan to rob Butler of his inventory of marijuana wax cartridges, which Butler was selling, but the encounter turned violent.

Butler's death marked the city's first homicide since 2012.

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