Murder suspect rearraigned, pleads not guilty

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OAKLAND — Michael Diggs, a suspect in the murder of 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier in Berkeley’s first homicide of this year, was rearraigned at a hearing Thursday.

Diggs last appeared in court in October for a three-day preliminary hearing in which charges against former co-defendant Kneitawnye Sessoms were dropped. Sessoms and Diggs were romantically involved, according to authorities.

A second arraignment is standard procedure in a felony case, according to Diggs’ attorney Sydney Levin, due to the fact that some of the charges have changed as a result of the preliminary hearing.

At the conclusion of preliminary examinations, the special-circumstance clauses for allegedly committing murder while robbing the victim and burglarizing his residence were dropped. Diggs still faces the murder charge, which contains a use of deadly weapon clause.

At Thursday’s hearing, Diggs pleaded not guilty and waived the right to a speedy trial within 60 days.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

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