OAKLAND — A man whose son is on death row for killing an 8-year-old girl and a man, took the stand in another murder trial on Monday and Tuesday.

Darnell Williams Sr. is the father of Darnell Williams Jr., who was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2016 for the murders of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine and Anthony Medearis, 22, in separate instances in 2013.

Williams Sr. took the stand as a witness in the trial of Anthony Paige, accused of killing Reginald Blackburn, 49. Blackburn was shot Dec. 7, 2016, in the 1100 block of East 17th Street in Oakland following a confrontation. The confrontation began when Paige allegedly went up to one man and punched him in the face. The man left, and told his father, Blackburn, about it.

Later, Blackburn walked up to Paige and asked him why he was messing with his son, according to the prosecution. The two got into a tussle, and then Paige allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him.

Williams’ son and Blackburn’s son, the one hit by Paige earlier that day, were friends, the father testified.

Williams Sr., who was present at the shooting, testified that Paige was not the shooter.

“But y’all know he didn’t do it. You know he didn’t,” Williams said on the stand, smirking at prosecutor Nick Homer on Monday afternoon.

Williams testified that when he heard the shot, he swiveled his head to the right, following the sound. But Paige, who had been in a physical fight with Blackburn, was standing to the left.

He stated that Paige was pulling up his hoodie on his sweatshirt at the time.

“You can’t fight and pull a hoodie over your head at the same time. … It wouldn’t have been possible,” he testified.

In her opening statements, defense attorney Bao Doan said that it was “physically implausible” that her client killed Blackburn. She questioned how Paige could have shot Blackburn in the back, when the two were facing each other when they fought.

“My client never shot that man. Ever,” Doan said. “My client stands accused of something that he did not do.”

In a video recording of Williams Sr. in 2016 being interviewed by Oakland police, he named at least four people who ran off after the shooting, including someone named “Ant” or Anthony. But in court, he testified that he meant a different Anthony, not Paige. He testified that he never said Paige ran.

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Father of death row inmate testifies in separate Oakland murder trial

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