MARTINEZ — In court records filed last year, Contra Costa prosecutors linked a man charged in connection with a 2017 homicide in Antioch to a $300,000 marijuana robbery in Oakland, crimes that are both alleged to have benefitted a San Francisco-area gang.
Last August, prosecutors charged Rasace Fiapoto, 23, of Concord, with murdering Scipio Spears on Oct. 23, 2017. They also charged Fiapoto and two others, Reco Maximo, 22, and Michael Pon, 26, with conspiring to rob an Oakland branch of the Lola Lola cannabis dispensary in May 2020, court records show.
All three defendants are set to go before a magistrate judge on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present evidence and attempt to prove the case meets the low legal standard to order all three to stand trial. Judge Terri Mockler is set to preside over the hearing.
Spears was shot and killed on the 900 block of West 10th Street in Antioch, but police did not disclose the suspected motive when he was killed. Authorities have not detailed how it was that Fiapoto came to be a suspect in the killing, nor if he is believed to have acted alone. The charging records allege that Fiapoto “personally