Monday, June 23, 2014

California: SF Jury Finds Two Defendants Guilty of First-Degree Homicide, Other Charges

According to http://sfappeal.coma jury found two San Francisco defendants guilty of  first-degree homicide and numerous other charges in the 2008 armed robbery and fatal shooting of a Louisiana man visiting the city with friends.

William Jones, 25, and Lance Molina, 27, were both convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, participation in a criminal street gang and three counts of robbery, prosecutors said. In addition, Jones, who prosecutors said fired the fatal shot, was found guilty of assault with a firearm and related firearm charges.

The jury was hung on charges against a third defendant, Maurice Lige, 22, and acquitted Ariel Kittles, 25, who had been accused of luring the victim and two others to the Bayview robbery scene.

COMMENT: The murder victim, Michael Bailey, 26, was a married father who was studying electrical engineering at Southern University in Baton Rouge and vacationing in San Francisco.
Bailey was with his cousin from Oakland and a friend who accompanied him from Louisiana when he met Kittles at the City Nights nightclub at 715 Harrison St. on September 9, 2008.

Bailey and his companions offered to give Kittles a ride home after she said she lost her car keys. 

She allegedly led the victims in their rental car to Doublerock Street in Hunters Point, just north of Candlestick Park, then left when a gunman approached the men and ordered them out of the car and onto the ground, prosecutors said.

A group, including juveniles, then robbed the victims at which point the gunman hit one of Bailey’s companions with the gun.

When Bailey stood up to help, a quick conversation followed and he was summarily shot in the head with an assault rifle, prosecutors said.

“A married father of two, who was simply trying to get two women home safely that night, was murdered in cold blood,” said District Attorney George Gascon. “I hope this verdict brings some peace to the victim’s family.”

Prosecutors said the case marks the first time a jury has convicted members of the “Double Rock” gang of participating in a street gang. 

This report will be updated at sentencing.