By Bay City News
An ex-convict pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Berkeley woman at an East Oakland apartment complex in late December, authorities said today.
Jamaal Prince, 35, of Berkeley is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on March 25 for a pretrial hearing for the death of Jennifer Kingeter, who was found dead in an apartment at 5800 Walnut St. in Oakland at about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 28.
In addition to murder and the use of a deadly weapon, namely a knife, Prince is charged with having five prior felony convictions, which could add to his state prison term if he's convicted of murdering Kingeter.
Prince's prior convictions are for assault by means to produce great bodily injury in August 2010 for attacking his mother, vandalism causing more than $400 in damage in June 2008, possession of a firearm by a felon in January 1999, grand theft from a person in September 1996 and leaving the scene of an accident in which someone was seriously injured in January 2008.
All of Prince's previous crimes occurred in Alameda County except for the leaving the scene of an accident incident, which occurred in Stanislaus County.
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