Tuesday, January 7, 2014

California: Assailants in Death of German Tourist, 50, Plead Not Guilty

According to CBS, San FranciscoDevante Laws, 21, who was arrested last week by the US Marshal's Service, has pleaded not guilty in the August 2010 death of Mechthild Schroer,  50, a German tourist who was visiting San Francisco with her husband at the time.

The shooting took place on August 8, 2010 in the 400 block of Mason Street near Union Square. 

Laws pleaded not guilty on Monday (January 6) to a charge of being an accessory to the murder.

COMMENT: Laws’ arrest was the result of a regional law enforcement site:


Six other defendants have been charged and await trial in Schroer’s killing, although one had accessory charges dismissed after he was indicted in a separate federal court case, prosecutors said.

Laws will join the other defendants in San Francisco Superior Court on February 3.

Schroer, a resident of Minden, Germany, was staying at a hotel near Union Square with her husband and just happened to be in the wrong place at the  wrong time when she was in the crossfire of  two groups of   gunmen.

Prosecutors indicted the other defendants through the criminal grand jury process because of the complexity of the case involving multiple defendants and roughly 70 witnesses.