Sacto 9-1-1
November 11, 2010
Sacramento PD arrests 4 in 2009 slaying

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police have arrested four suspects in connection with the November 2009 death of 47-year-old Donald Kirby, who detectives allege was killed in a robbery gone bad, according to authorities.

This morning, police arrested Elias Garcia, 23; Christopher Merrill, 22; Roman Hooker, 24; and Calvin Holmes, 21 (from left to right below), said police Sgt. Norm Leong. They face one charge each of murder, burglary and attempted robbery, he said.

Detectives suspect the four men went to Kirby's V Street apartment on Nov. 12, 2009 to rob him of marijuana and other property, Leong said. What soured the mission is not known for sure, however detectives believe the victim resisted, prompting the shooting, Leong said.

Police have identified Garcia as the alleged gunmen, Leong said. Detectives believe at least one of the suspects had bought marijuana from Kirby before.

Garcia, Hooker and Holmes were arrested this morning without incident, Leong said. Merrill has been in custody for a parole violation since September; his new charges will be added.

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