The death penalty trial for a Richmond man charged with killing 2 people at the
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza has been set for Sept. 17.
Nathan Burris, 48, agreed to keep his public lawyer and set a trial date on
Thursday, the day after the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office notified
him it was seeking capital punishment. Burris subsequently tried to fire his
public attorney and demanded to represent himself.
Burris is charged with fatally shooting 51-year-old toll collector Deborah Ross
inside her toll booth, and bus driver Ersie "Chuck" Everette III in the toll
plaza parking lot, on Aug. 11, 2009.
Ross was Burris' ex-girlfriend, and Everette, a San Leandro resident, was her
(source: Contra Costa Times)