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Alamo Neighbor Arrested in Connection with Doris Penico's Death

A dispute with neighbors over property turned deadly. Michael Littman, 59, was arrested in connection to the death.

A 59-year-old Alamo man was arrested in connection with the death of Doris Penico on Thursday afternoon, Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee said.

Police arrested Michael Littman at his home on the 3000 block of Stonegate Drive in Alamo at about 3:30 p.m Thursday for homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery. Police are holding him at the Martinez Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

On Friday, court officials said Littman was not on the calendar to be arraigned today. His earliest court date would be Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

Last Monday around 11 a.m. Littman got into a fight with Penico's husband in the driveway on 3000 block of Stonegate Drive. During the fight, Doris was struck to the ground and hit her head on the cement driveway, according to Lee.

Doris, 59, was taken to John Muir Medical Center where she later died. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

The neighbors have been involved in an on-going dispute regarding property, Lee said.

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Steve September 21, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Oh yes, Orinda. You mean the little burb where a man just hacked to death his roomate, or the little burb where the very unfortunate binge drinking death of a young man split the neighbors apart? Probably old money. Makes a difference, right Corey? And Piedmont. Really old established wealth there. Didn't Hans Reiser, the sweet little, wealthy software dude murder and bury his wife in the hills? Nobody made vitriolic comments during that mess, nooooo.
Pat Dowling September 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Exactly right, Corey. Nouveaux riche, spiritually bereft wannabes hiding in fear behind their gated walls. Fighting over a damn drive way...a few feet of dirt. Truly they do live in a hell on earth.
corey gibb September 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Steve, Neighbors did not flock to Piedmont Patch to celebrate Nina Reiser's murder. Didn't hear too much celebrating in Orinda regarding the tragedies you cite either. If these communities are glad those people are dead, at least they have the decency not to publish their glee. Not great for property values either btw. Locked inside a gate with people who think property disputes are grounds for murder? And then publicly trash the dead? I'd take San Ramon in a heartbeat, or even a trailer park far far from demented Alamo homeowners.
Don October 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Dear Alamo neighbors of the Penicos: Now that video is out showing Mikie the Shark beating an undefended Victor to a bloody pulp and then body checking Doris to death, you may want to rethink your comments. Suggest you all pool your funds to defend the shark. That way you can all pay a little for -your- sins. For the rest of you, check out the satellite view of this neighborhood. See where these hateful people are bred.
Tom October 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I say let the system play it's role here in this tragic case. If the man is found guilty, life sentence seems appropriate.

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