July 5, 2022
Contact: Ted Asregadoo, 925-957-8638
Aron DeFerrari Named Outstanding Prosecutor of 2021
Martinez, Calif. – Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton announces that Deputy District Attorney Aron DeFerrari is the 2021 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year.
DA Becton nominated DeFerrari in March 2022 in a letter sent to the California District Attorneys Association. According to the CDAA, the Outstanding Prosecutor Award is given to attorneys who achieve excellence on complex and challenging cases throughout their careers.
“In the pandemic year, Aron DeFerrari faced challenges in and out of the courtroom,” DA Becton said. “Despite COVID restrictions, Aron spent 103 days prosecuting three separate homicide trials against a total of five defendants. Most impressively, he convicted all five men of murder.”
In the case of People v. Simons, Ortega & Porter-Kelly, DeFerrari used a novel felony murder doctrine to get second-degree murder convictions for aiding and abetting a defendant in 2016. That defendant was charged and convicted in the racially motivated killing of William Sims at the Capri Club bar in El Sobrante.
DeFerrari also successfully prosecuted a member of Oakland’s Ghost Town Gang in People v. William Edwards for the 2018 killing of Taison Calderon-Lopez. Using wiretap and circumstantial evidence, DeFerrari convicted Edwards of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and special circumstances.
DeFerrari has long distinguished himself as a trial attorney by prosecuting 72 jury and 16 homicide trials in his 18-year career. In 2010, he was the first prosecutor in Contra Costa County to utilize a dual jury in a quadruple homicide case where all three defendants were convicted. In 2017, DeFerrari got a conviction of 174 years to life for James “Spyder” Joseph Jr., who was involved in a national human sex trafficking ring.
DA Becton said that DeFerrari’s “standard of excellence at the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office merits this award – an award he has truly earned.”