Hate crime charge in El Sobrante slaying of African American man

A Richmond man has been charged with a hate crime and murder in the death of an African American man found beaten and shot on an El Sobrante road near a pool hall where investigators believe he was attacked.

Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31, who is white, was arrested Nov. 16 and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

County prosecutors have charged Porter-Kelly with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement in the killing of 28-year-old William Sims of Richmond, police said.

On Tuesday, authorities identified two other suspects for whom they are searching: Ray Simons, 32, of Hercules, and Daniel Ortega, 31, of Novato or Richmond. The two, both of whom are white, are considered armed and dangerous.

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Police are searching for Daniel Ortega, 31, in connection with the murder and robbery of a Richmond musician.
Police are searching for Daniel Ortega, 31, in connection with the murder and robbery of a Richmond musician.
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Prosecutors charged Richmond resident Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31 with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement in connection with the death of a Richmond musician.
Prosecutors charged Richmond resident Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31 with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement in connection with the death of a Richmond musician.
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Police are searching for Ray Simons, 32, in connection with the murder and robbery of a Richmond musician.
Police are searching for Ray Simons, 32, in connection with the murder and robbery of a Richmond musician.
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Will Sims performs with Jazzology, a jazz ensemble from Contra Costa College. Sims was killed in El Sobrante in an incident police are investigating as a hate crime.
Will Sims performs with Jazzology, a jazz ensemble from Contra Costa College. Sims was killed in El Sobrante in an incident police are investigating as a hate crime.
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Sims records inside a studio.
Sims records inside a studio.
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Will Sims, second from right, with his former college jazz ensemble from his time at Contra Costa College.
Will Sims, second from right, with his former college jazz ensemble from his time at Contra Costa College.
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Will Sims, 28, of Richmond, was robbed and killed by at least three men in an incident police were investigating as a hate crime.
Will Sims, 28, of Richmond, was robbed and killed by at least three men in an incident police were investigating as a hate crime.
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Investigators believe Sims was inside the nearby Capri Club — a pool hall and bar in the 4100 block of Appian Way in El Sobrante — in the early morning hours of Nov. 12 when the suspects jumped, robbed and killed him. He was beaten and shot, authorities said.

A sergeant with the sheriff’s office came across Sims’ body in the street near the pool hall just after 2 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sims, 28, was a musician who also held a retail job. He had no gang ties or criminal history, said Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Lee told KPIX-TV that authorities believe Sims was targeted because he was black.

Detectives also arrested Ortega’s mother, 54-year-old Renee Brown of Novato, on suspicion of interfering with the investigation. Brown was held on $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of Ortega or Simons can contact the sheriff’s department anonymously at (866) 846-3592.

Michael Bodley is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: mbodley@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @michael_bodley


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