Pleasanton man found guilty in murder of fiancee, dumping dismembered body along Alameda shoreline

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) — A Pleasanton man on Monday was found guilty of the 2023 killing his fiancée and dumping her remains along the Alameda shoreline.

Jurors found 43-year-old Joseph Roberts guilty of second-degree murder of 27-year-old Rachel Buckner, whose body was found dismembered and wrapped in a garbage bag near Alameda’s Bay Farm Island Bridge.

According to our partners at the Bay Area News Group, prosecutors say Roberts dodged several domestic violence complaints before killing Buckner in their apartment in Pleasanton.

Roberts’ attorneys claimed there wasn’t enough physical evidence or witnesses tying him to the murder.

Roberts faces 15 years to life in prison.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.