Authorities Identify Murder Suspect & Victim of Wednesday Night Homicide

December 6, 2012 · 25 comments

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office released the following information on the murder of a man at a Concord homeless camp on Wednesday night.

The autopsy on 47-year-old Jerald Nagle has been completed. The cause of death is listed as asphyxia due to strangulation.

On Wednesday night, Homicide Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division arrested 38-year-old James Riley in connection with this homicide which occurred in unincorporated Concord.

At about 8PM, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a “MED-PD” call on the northbound I-680 on-ramp at Concord Avenue. When Deputies arrived, firefighters were performing lifesaving measures on Nagle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputy Sheriffs and Detectives later learned that Riley and Nagle got into a fight. Riley was taken into custody and booked into the main county jail for homicide. His is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Both of them are transients. The investigation is continuing.

1 Randome Task December 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

HMMM ..so the bleeding hearts will say ……………

2 Randome Task December 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

6 months and a cot at a rehab facility ……..right ……..he needs more help and compation because he is scared and has no place to go …ohhhh soo the rule is if you are hungry and have no place to go then commit murder and be showered with bleeding heart tax payer funds as well as a slap on the wrist and a good tongue lashing as to not do that again…. you foolish little thing …now go and be good and take your meds …..awww he is just misunderstood the little guy oh it feels our hearts to save this guy from prison because we live so nice and he does not …….go on little flower and spread you desease and soiled self all over the city and do as you will ….oh …oh ……………….by the way here is some money and a piece of cardboard so you can earn ……go forth and frolic my little nature lover ……..be free……………so predictable ………expect more crime as this city has become the bum meca ….they are all boarding bart from SF as we speak to seek refuge in our nice micro climate …..and prominent suckers that live here

3 @ Jorge December 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

It still seems contrived to me… I’m sure if we try hard enough we can frame a firefighter or cop for it.

4 Palermo December 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Strangled to death, awful way to go

5 Howard K Mullins III December 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

These people are “off the gird”. They can settle their own differences as they like.

And if I hear one more dumb $hit say it all Reagan’s fault, I am going to get angry. And you all won’t like me if I get angry.

6 Just a thought December 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Is there a good way to get murdered?

7 Atticus Thraxx December 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Mouth to mouth on a homeless guy. And you people say firemen make too much money.

8 Brian Griffin December 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

If we ban assault weapons and this won’t happen…

9 JRConcord December 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Hell I heard they were fighting over a shopping cart.
@ Howard k. I think we will give Reagan a pass this time. Lets put this one on the greatest president ever Jimmy Carter…. :-)

10 Bob Costas December 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I can’t help but think that if Bart & Homer Simpson were not so easy to watch this never would have happened.

11 Frank C. December 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Howard; it is all Reagans fault.

Plus; also too; we don’t care if you don’t like us. You’re an old racist moron. We don’t like you. The fact that you don’t like us only serves as a compliment.

12 jimmy December 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The autopsy is done already? I’m ignorant. Other times we hear we’ll have to wait weeks for an autopsy, on what would seem like an urgent case. Are there tests that actually take weeks to perform? Or is it just a combination of backlog or politics? Anyone know?

13 ed December 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

what have i been saying about the name ‘james’? watch out for jasons too

14 Analnymess December 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

@ Frank C

you are right about Howard K Mullins the TURD been one of the biggest racist bast$#ds on Claycord.com along with bed-buddy Elwood.

15 Babs December 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Jimmy, I think it’s the DNA, lab work type things that take so long. So maybe all the big test were not needed. What do you think?

16 anon December 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Howard, what happens if you get angry? Do you turn into a giant green Nazi?

17 The Richards Family December 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

That’s why the Sheriff was called, cause the murder technically wasn’t in Concord, that makes sense.

18 Bob December 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

“H” v.”H”. Who cares?

19 Rich C. December 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

They could probably lower his bail to $100 and he still would end up sitting in jail enjoying 3 hots and a cot.

20 Anonymous December 7, 2012 at 7:55 AM

@Atticus Thraxx
Life saving measures do not necessarily imply “mouth to mouth.” And yes, firefighters and other public employees are over-compensated when you factor in the unsustainable pension benefits. Just imagine what would happen to our economy if the government required the same pension benefits for all private sector workers. The value of a defined benefit pension plan that pays 90% of your last year’s salary for life at age 55 is millions. The value of a defined benefit pension plan that pays 90% (or even 60%) of your last year’s salary for life regardless of what happens to the stock market is priceless.

21 Connie Dobbs December 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

#6, Shot by a jealous husband?

22 shari v December 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

All you that, make you lame comments about the homeless, just remember in this day and age, you are one day away from being homeless yourself! No one when they grow up says I want to be a Drunk or user or Homeless! THAT PERSON YOUR TALKING ABOUT COULD BE YOUR FAMILY OR FRIEND! YOU DUMB PEOPLE THAT ARE IN CCC GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN SOMETHING!

23 shari v December 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

RIP Jed!

24 Listen December 8, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Well this victim, as agressive as he mightve been might very well have family who are saddened by such horrific news. Lets try to keep in mind that being homeless doesnt make someone any less of a person then you are. Instead of hating on people that’ve never personally wronged you how about being grateful for what you have? Regardless of where you rest your head at night any loss of life is tragic.

25 nytemuvr December 8, 2012 at 1:59 AM

I’ve never heard, seen or read that LEOs or firemen do mouth to mouth resusitations. They advise now for just chest compressions. Hang on folks, it’s going to get a lot worse……keep the Dome open in PH and let them have bum fights. Income for them and the Dome. Oh yeah, the world is ending in 4 days anyway. Maybe it’s already happened and this is hell.

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