Suspect Charged in 2006 Murder

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 20, 2009 - 11:12:00 AM

A state prison inmate serving time for a Berkeley armed robbery spree has been charged with the Feb. 19, 2006, murder of a popular Berkeley High School graduate and youth football coach. 

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Bahsson Carl Smith, 28, with one count of murder in the shooting of Keith Stephens, 24, reports Berkeley police spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. 

Stephens was gunned down at a friend’s house at 1200 block of Carrison Street at 7:10 p.m., after he left his own home following an argument about a car he had sold to an acquaintance, his sister told the Daily Planet after the killing. 

Sgt. Kusmiss said the arrest closes the last open murder case from 2006.