Sandra Coke case: Felon charged with murder of federal investigator in Oakland

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Federal criminal investigator Sandra Coke was likely killed during a 38-minute time frame on Aug. 4 at a West Oakland motel by her former lover, who then drove her car to Vacaville and dumped her body in a dry creek bed, according to authorities and court documents filed Friday.

Randy Alana, who has 17 prior felony convictions, was charged with Coke's murder on Friday and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he's convicted of killing the 50-year-old woman.

Alana is also charged with one count of vehicle theft and two counts of grand theft on suspicion of taking Coke's Mini Cooper and using her bank card to withdraw more than $400 the morning after she disappeared. He was arraigned on the charges Friday and will be back in court Monday after he is assigned a public defender or hires an attorney.

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