Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer accused of murder in the January 1 shooting of an unarmed man at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station was released on $3 million bail Friday afternoon, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 27-year-old man, who recently lived in Lafayette, left Santa Rita jail in Dublin without incident. He is accused of killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant while responding to an early morning New Year's Eve disturbance at the station. Grant was lying face down on the platform when Mehserle shot him. Mehserle's attorney has called the case an accident, saying Mehserle meant to stun Grant with his Taser gun not shoot at him with a pistol.