Jury Finds Man Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder for Potrero Hill Shooting

For Immediate Release
Friday, March 01, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Antoine C. Grays, age 32, of second degree murder for fatally shooting a man at the Potrero Hill housing projects.

“All residents of San Francisco deserve a safe and violence free neighborhood,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Thanks to witnesses who came forward, this violent individual is off the streets and facing life in prison.”

According to court documents, the defendant was squatting illegally in the Potrero Hill housing projects where the victim lived near the 900 block of Connecticut Street. On the evening of January 30, 2011, the defendant and the victim began arguing because of the defendant’s repeated attempts to borrow the victim’s cell phone. The argument escalated and the defendant shot the victim in the back. The defendant was arrested shortly after the shooting.

The trial was in front of Judge Kelly in Department 27. The jury deliberated for less than 4 days and found the defendant guilty of second degree murder with a gun enhancement allegation. Grays faces 40 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced on May 16, 9am.

The conviction of Antoine C. Grays is the result of a first-rate investigation by Ofc. Rob Lynch, Ofc. Gerald Lyons, Ofc. Richard Hunt, Sgt. Christopher Schaffer, and Inspector Kevin Jones of the San Francisco Police Department. Martine Barbier was the Victim Advocate. Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart prosecuted the case.