Man Convicted in Cold Hit Murder Case

May 6, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Dwight Culton, age 62 (CN 2292754), was convicted of first degree murder. The conviction came after a month and a half long jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 28 before the Honorable Carol Yaggy.

“This conviction will bring some closure to the family members of victim in this case,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This difficult case shows that at times justice can be delayed, but it cannot be denied.”

On May 4, 2011, the jury found the defendant guilty of murder after three hours of deliberation. According to the evidence presented at trial, on April 6, 1984, defendant Culton stabbed Joan Baldwin to death. Ms. Baldwin was found dead the next morning at by employees of the Earl Schieb paint shop located at 555 Bryant Street. Her body was naked and mutilated. The San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab found a match between the DNA evidence sample found at the crime scene and defendant Culton. Additionally, a bloody fingerprint was recovered from the victim’s body. That fingerprint also matched defendant Culton.

This cold hit murder conviction is the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspectors Toomey, Crowley, Shouldice, and Pera, and employees of the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab.

The case was continued to Friday, July 29, 2011 in Department 28 at 9:00 a.m. to set a sentencing date. The defendant faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart prosecuted the case.