On Wednesday, Pittsburg Police Chief Brian Addington issued a statement defending his officers after the attorney for murder defendant Jimmy Lee Biles Jr. called the investigation negligent in a press release.
On April 4, police responded to a residence on Hermosa Avenue on a reported stabbing where they found Albert King Lea Jr, (49) suffering from stab wounds to his body. He later died. Police investigated the incident which led them to the Town of Knightsen where they arrested Biles Jr.
On Tuesday, April 09, 2019, detectives presented the investigation to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Biles was later charged with Murder, use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony and additional enhancements. Bail for Biles was set at $2,190,000 and Biles remains in custody at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail in Martinez.
On Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joseph Tully, issued the following media release:
My name is Joseph Tully, a criminal defense attorney with Tully & Weiss, and I will be representing Jimmy Lee Biles Jr., charged with allegedly murdering Albert Lea Jr., 49, on April 4 in Pittsburg, CA.
What is disturbing about this case is that there is evidence that Mr. Biles’ 12-year-old daughter had been lured away from his home by a child sex trafficker. Mr. Biles notified the Pittsburg police department of this information but was largely ignored. Being a concerned and loving father, Mr. Biles, who has a criminal history but who has since dedicated his second-chance to being sober, lawful, and responsible, followed up on information as to where his daughter was being held. At some point later that evening, a 12-year-old girl who had been drugged and repeatedly sexually abused was brought home.
There is also evidence that Pittsburg police in investigating the homicide neglected, either negligently or intentionally, clear signs that the 12-year-old had been drugged and repeatedly sexually abused while she was being held at the location of the alleged homicide, despite her being in their custody and vigorously questioned by officers for a substantial period of time. Had the Pittsburg police conducted a proper investigation, they would have found that the girl was provided drugs, had used condoms her purse, as well as blood in the crotch area of her pants. This evidence is now most likely destroyed or unusable.
The arraignment of Mr. Biles is 1:30 PM on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 in Pittsburg, CA at the Pittsburg Superior Court. 1000 Center Drive Pittsburg, CA 94565.
Please call the Tully & Weiss office at 925-###-#### if you would like to speak with Joseph Tully regarding this matter.
Chief Addington responded to the allegations saying the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and filed murder charges against Jimmy Biles. His bail was set at $2,190,000.
“Earlier today, the attorney for Mr. Biles made claims against the Pittsburg Police Department. The Pittsburg Police Department conducted a very thorough and complete investigation. The comments made by Mr. Biles’ attorney are misguided and designed to minimize the brutal and senseless murder Mr. Biles stands charged of. l have complete confidence in the District Attorney’s office as they prosecute Mr. Biles for murder.
Deputy District Attorney Aron DeFerrari, the prosecutor who reviewed and filed the case against Mr. Biles, noted “The case against Defendant Biles was thoroughly and professionally investigated by the Pittsburg Police Department. Working under tremendously difficult and tragic conditions, Detectives and patrol officers from Pittsburg Police worked tirelessly to solve this senseless murder. Recent claims by Defendant Biles’ attorney that he was acting in defense of his daughter when he senselessly murdered the Victim, Mr. Lea, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the defendant’s daughter, are as baseless as they are desperate. Rather than try this case in the press, we are confident the evidence will make plain in a court of law that Defendant Biles murdered a complete stranger out of senseless rage.”
Chief Brian Addington
No further information was released.