Suspect in Aquatic Park murder to appear in court

The man being held in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was found on the shoreline of Berkeley's Aquatic Park will be formally charged on Tuesday, Berkeley police said today.

Oakland resident Curtis Martin III, 38, has been held without bail at Berkeley city jail since he was arrested Friday afternoon. Martin will be arraigned Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Alameda County Superior Court, police said. He faces one count of murder.

Authorities arrested Martin in Oakland after a Berkeley patrol officer found the body of Zoelina Williams on the shoreline near Bolivar Drive and Potter Street during a routine security check at about 4 a.m. Friday.

A search was carried out over the weekend for Williams' 17-month-old son, Jashon Williams. On Sunday, a child's body was found in the San Francisco Bay, south of the Berkeley Marina.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office is working to determine whether the body is that that of Jashon.

Homicide investigators believe Jashon was with his mother at the time of her death, police said.

Berkeley police Lt. Andrew Greenwood said today that “the investigation into the murder of Zoelina Williams is a complex one,” and police are actively investigating both her murder and her son's disappearance.
 

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