Two Men Charged With Murder in Rapper’s Slaying

By Amal Hasan

Fri Mar 15th, 2013 4:45pm America/Los_Angeles

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OAKLAND (BCN) — An inmate who escaped from custody in January and another  ex-convict have been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of rapper  Brondon McDaniel in East Oakland in February 2012.

Anthony Hoskins, 31, who escaped on Jan. 11 but was arrested by  authorities in Reno, Nev., on Feb. 13, and Ezell Edwards, 24, are charged in  the death of McDaniel, 30, whose rap name was “Thudda Boy,” in the 400 block  of 105th Avenue on Feb. 4, 2012.

Hoskins and Edwards also are charged with being felons in  possession of firearms and with having prior felony convictions, which could  add to their sentences if they are convicted.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Alameda County  District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, Hoskins has prior convictions in 2006  for kidnapping and for possession of cocaine base for sale in 2003.

Prosecutors said Edwards has prior convictions for illegal drug  charges in 2008 and 2009.

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Hoskins had been in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since  March 2012 on charges that he committed multiple robberies in Oakland and  Fremont, but he escaped on Jan. 11 when a deputy drove him to Highland  Hospital for a routine medical appointment.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said that while the deputy  was driving Hoskins to the hospital, he was able to manipulate his leg irons  and his waist and hand restraints and when he arrived at the hospital, he was  able to run away.

Hoskins and Edwards were arraigned in Alameda County Superior  Court on Thursday.

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