Oakland mayor's son denied parole
for murder conviction
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
January 8, 2007
Michael Dellums, the son of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, was denied
parole today for his second-degree murder conviction for killing
a reputed drug dealer in Oakland in 1979, according to a California
Board of Prison Terms spokesman.
Board of Prison Terms spokesman Tip Kendel said the panel found
that Michael Dellums, 49, is "an unacceptable parole risk"
and "a danger to the public's safety if released from prison
at this time."
Michael Dellums was convicted of second-degree murder and other
charges on Nov. 13, 1979, for shooting and killing 26-year-old
Gregory Davis, a reputed drug dealer, at 54th Street and Martin
Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland on Feb. 27, 1979.
He was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison, but he's
been denied parole at numerous parole hearings. He's being held
at the California State Prison in Vacaville in Solano County.
Kendel said Dellums will have another parole hearing next year.
Dellums' hearing was held on the same day that his father, Ron
Dellums, a former congressman and lobbyist, was publicly sworn
in as Oakland's mayor.
According to court records, Dellums was born during divorce proceedings
that ended Ron Dellums' first marriage. Dellums was raised by
According to a letter that Dr. George Ponomareff wrote to a judge
on July 25, 1979, "the primary male influence in the home
was a Mr. Steve Wilson, who was there approximately from ages
5 to 15."
According to a letter that Dr. David Grubb wrote to a judge on
Aug. 9, 1979, Ron Dellums "has not been a major figure in
Grubb said Dellums "began to get into legal trouble at an
early age" and was a truant from school.
Grubb said Dellums himself estimated that he committed more than
100 burglaries in the North Oakland area.
Grubb said Dellums also was convicted of malicious mischief,
burglary, multiple purse snatchings, armed robbery, petty and
grand theft and auto theft.
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