Keith Asberry, 33. (El Cerrito Police Department)

ALBANY — An ex-convict, already facing trial for a series of East Bay sexual assaults, has been charged with special circumstance murder in the March 2015 fatal shooting of a 37-year-old dental student found slain inside her apartment, authorities said Tuesday.

Keith Asberry

Keith K. Asberry, 33, is charged in the March 9, 2015 death of Randhir Kaur, 37, a student at he UCSF School of Denistry, who was found dead inside her apartment in the 1000 block of Kains Ave., after a relative found her unconscious on the floor.

She had been studying to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery and was due to graduate in June 2016.

Some of her personal items were found in a trash can in Richmond a few days later.

At the time of her death Albany police were not able to determine a motive or identify any suspects..

Randhir Kaur

But in a news release issued Monday, police said detectives after an “exhaustive three-year- investigation” were able to identify Asberry, a former Antioch resident, as the suspect in her killing.

Police did not say in the release if they have determined a motive and what exactly led them to Asberry.

The case was presented to the district attorney’s office which filed formal charges last week.

In the release, police said they would like “to publicly thank (the victim’s) family for their patience, understanding and support during the course of our investigation.”

Asberry, who has been held without bail since June 2015 on the sexual assault cases, is scheduled to enter a plea to the murder charge on March 28. He was scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing on the other cases on Friday.

According to court records and media accounts, Asberry was already facing trial on numerous felony counts for sexual assaults in Berkeley in May 2008 and El Cerrito in February 2005.

In the Berkeley case a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman were the victims. They were together when they were carjacked at gunpoint and forced to drive to a cul-de-sac where they were sexually assaulted.

In the El Cerrito case, which happened Feb. 14, 2005, Asberry is charged with wearing a mask and forcing his way inside an apartment at gunpoint where two women living there were robbed and one of them sexually assaulted, according to court records.

He was eventually identified as the suspect in the two case through DNA. He …read more

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