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Durant Ave. Murder Plea Moved to Monday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM

Nathaniel Freeman, charged with murdering 33-year-old Maceo Smith on Durant Avenue in May, did not enter a plea as he was scheduled to do at the Alameda County Superior Court Friday. 

Freeman’s lawyer Spencer Strellis requested the judge to postpone the hearing since his client’s family had hired a private attorney for him. 

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Chris Infante, who will be prosecuting Freeman, said the plea date was postponed to Monday, July 7, when a new lawyer would represent Freeman. 

According to authorities, Freeman fired at Smith and another man following a dispute, killing Smith and injuring the other man on Durant Avenue near Bowditch Street.