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Four Arrested in Man’s Shooting Death

August 24, 2007

By Scott Marshall, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Aug. 23–Contra Costa sheriff’s investigators have arrested four people in the June shooting death of a man in a Martinez house.

Carl Willie Flynn, 27, of Brentwood died June 22 when he was shot in the chest with a .25-caliber handgun.

Flynn, who leaves behind a 7-year-old son whose name was tattooed on his right shoulder, was shot once at close range. A paramedic pronounced him dead where he lay in a bedroom in a home at 1170 Plaza Drive, according to his family and the Contra Costa coroner’s office.

“He never lived there, he was visiting,” said his sister, Heather Flynn. “He was called there.”

Investigators found $1,014 in cash in his right-front jeans pocket. An autopsy showed Flynn had used methamphetamine. His family acknowledges that he used it, but that did not justify someone taking his life, his sister said.

“It’s disgusting,” she said. “Hopefully, more people will come up and speak the truth.”

Arrested were John Pebley, 19, of Rodeo; Michael Androyna, 22, of Martinez; John Sommer, 24, of Crockett; and Andrea Russo, 26, of Martinez, said sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.

Prosecutors have charged Pebley, Androyna and Sommer with one count each of murder and charged Russo with one count of being an accessory after the fact and one count of dissuading a witness by force.

All are being held at County Jail in Martinez: Pebley and Sommer in lieu of $1 million bail; Androyna in lieu of $10 million bail on the murder charge and a no-bail hold for a probation violation; and Russo in lieu of $575,000 bail. After a preliminary hearing, Russo was held to answer her charges, said sheriff’s Capt. Dan Terry.

Russo’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 1, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17 for Pebley, Sommer and Androyna.

Although charges have been filed, the investigation is still in progress, Terry said.

“We believe the motive is one of several things, a combination of a number of factors,” Terry said.

Investigators asked that anyone with information call sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Simmons at 925-313-2630 or the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at 866-846-3592.

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