Man Found Shot to Death in Berkeley Hills Home

Anybody with information about the killings can contact the Berkeley Homicide Detail at 981-5741.

Nate Tabak covers crime. E-mail him at [email protected].

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A man was found shot to death in his Berkeley Hills home Monday, in a crime that has police puzzled.

A friend who had a key discovered 38-year-old Andre Byes when he let himself into the 1311 Glendale Ave. residence about 3:25 p.m., police said.

Byes died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, said Supervising Coroner Frank Gentle of the Alameda County Coroner's Office. Byes had been dead for between two and seven days, Gentle said.

Evidence suggests that a large-caliber gun was used in the crime, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

Investigators have yet to find a motive or identify any suspects in the killing.

Kusmiss said Byes likely knew his killer or killers and let them into his home. There were no indications of forced entry, she said.

Investigators also believe Byes was killed inside his home, as opposed to just being brought there.

The friend who found Byes agreed to be interviewed by detectives and was "very cooperative," Kusmiss said.

A neighbor of Byes, who declined to give his name, said the friend came to his house after finding the body to call 911.

The neighbor characterized Byes' friend as "really, really upset" and doubted his involvement in the killing.

The friend visited Byes every week or so, the neighbor said.

Byes identified himself as a bail bondsman and was often out of town on business, the neighbor said.

The neighbor said he never noticed anything suspicious going on at Byes' house.

This is the first homicide recorded in the Berkeley Hills since June 1986.

The area is known for expensive houses with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. Its residents are among the wealthiest in Berkeley.

Crime in the hills seldom exceeds burglary.

Byes' death marks the second homicide recorded in Berkeley this year. Ronald Easiley, 19, was shot to death on a South Berkeley street Jan. 14. The crime has yet to be solved.


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