Man in Custody for a Murder in Lake Merritt
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OAKLAND — Sweven Waterman, 38, of Oakland, is in custody for a murder in the Lake Merritt area earlier this month. Bond has been denied for release from the county jailhouse, pending a plea hearing on March 21.
Waterman was arrested March 9 at 3:35 p.m. at a dormitory on the University of California/Berkeley campus. He is a custodian at the university.
Waterman was apprehended by Oakland officers with help from the UC Berkeley Police Department. Waterman is housed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He has been placed on administrative leave by the university.
Oakland PD responded March 4 to the Marlon Riggs Apartments at 269 Vernon Street. A man was screaming, and smoke was coming from inside an apartment, shortly before 8 a.m.
Curtis Marsh, the 54-year-old victim was found in his apartment suffering from multiple stab wounds. Evidently, multiple fires were set inside his apartment. Firefighters were on the scene when police arrived. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators reviewed video recorded by surveillance cameras and interviewed witnesses who saw the suspect running out the front door. Waterman was identified as the suspect based on this and other evidence.
Twelve felony charges have been filed against Waterman, including murder, use of a deadly weapon, and special allegations.
Prior to this, Waterman was convicted for possession of a controlled substance, forgery, and petty theft. He has prior arrests dating all the way back to 2002.