DA files murder charges against Kori Muhammad in shooting rampage

He was also charged with a special circumstance saying he chose victims by race

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed a slew of charges Wednesday against accused, and self admitted, killer Kori Ali Muhammad -- including special circumstances based on him choosing targets by race in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno on April 18.

Muhammad is charged with the murders of Zackary Randalls, Mark Gassett, and David Jackson -- all white men.

The eight felony counts include:

  • Murder of Zackary Randalls
  • Murder of Mark Gassett
  • Murder of David Jackson
  • Three counts of attempted murder of three others
  • Shooting at an occupied motor vehicle
  • Possession of firearm by a felon

The murder counts also include two special circumstances that allege the victims were killed because of their race and that Muhammad is said to have committed multiple murders.

Last week the DA filed murder charges against Muhammad for the shooting death of Motel 6 security guard Carl Williams.

Kori Muhammad called CBS47 Eyewitness News again Wednesday, and said, "The possibility of me getting the death penalty, so it sounds bad, but you know it takes a lot for them to kill you," he said. "For what I did, that's just part of the consequences."

Muhammad is unrepentant and unfazed. He spoke to Eyewitness News the same day the Fresno County District Attorney's Office leveled three new murder, and three attempted murder charges against him.

Matt Mendes asked, "Are you mentally competent to stand trial?" Muhammad replied, "That's above my pay grade. The only thing I know about is multimedia work and other stuff. I'm not a psychologist."

Legal analyst Charles Magill said the possibility of the death penalty isn't unexpected. 

"This is a high profile case, a multiple murderer who murdered indiscriminately, this is kind of a case you'd expect to file as a death penalty case," said Magill. 

Magill added it's no surprise the district attorney has filed the case with special circumstances. 


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