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Murder charges filed in death of Menlo Park bishop

 

Prosecutors in Alameda County charged Isaiah Bostic with one count of murder on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in connection with the Feb. 12 stabbing death of his father, Bishop Teman L. Bostic Sr., pastor of Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park.

Mr. Bostic, 21, is in custody on a no-bail status at the Santa Rita Jail, prosecutors said. His next court date is Friday, Feb. 19, to enter a plea on the murder charge and to choose his defense attorney – whether a public defender, court-appointed attorney or private counsel, prosecutors said.


Isaiah Bostic (Photo: San Leandro police)
Responding to reports of a struggle going on at around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 in the San Leandro apartment where Bishop Bostic, 54, lived with his son Isaiah, police knocked on the apartment door and Isaiah opened it with blood on his hands and clothing, police said.

Mr. Bostic was "evasive and did not want the police in his apartment," police said.

Police found a bloody knife in the kitchen sink and discovered the bishop's body in a bedroom, covered in blood and with several stab wounds, police said.

Mr. Bostic was arrested without incident, police said.

Related story: Menlo Park church mourns loss of pastor.

— Dave Boyce

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