Man Convicted in Domestic Violence Murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2011

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

MAN CONVICTED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MURDER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Anthony Marks (DOB 1/15/65, CN 2359856), was convicted of murder.

The jury returned the verdict late in the afternoon on Monday, June 6, 2011. The conviction came after a week long jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 24 before the Honorable Susan Breall. The jury found the defendant guilty of second degree murder in violation of California Penal Code Section 187.

"Just because Robin Kent was homeless and addicted to crack cocaine does not mean she is not entitled to justice," said District Attorney George Gascón. "The six foot one-inch Anthony Marks deserves to be held accountable for stomping and beating a 98 pound woman to death. We charged this case because San Franciscans should know that we are determined to bring such brutal, savage killers to justice regardless a victim's station in life."

According to evidence presented at trial, on March 12, 2008, defendant Marks, violently attacked the victim, Robin Kent, stomping her to death. The victim and the defendant shared a camp site in a parking lot on Harrison between 3rd and 4th Streets. The defendant had a restraining order against him due to a misdemeanor assault conviction for punching the victim and threatening her with a bottle in January of that year.

Two days prior to the victim being found dead, the defendant was seen attacking her. He struck her repeatedly in the back of the head and kicked her in the side when she was on the ground. The medical examiner found, in addition to her fatal injuries, the victim suffered four broken ribs as a result of the earlier attack.

The defendant confessed to killing the victim. The defense claimed heat of passion and argued the defendant was guilty of voluntary manslaughter and not murder.

This conviction is the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Robert Lynch. The case was continued to Friday, August 26, 2011 in Department 24 at 9:00 a.m. to set a sentencing date. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark prosecuted the case. Martine Barbier was the victim witness advocate on the case. District Attorney Investigator Robert Guzman did an excellent job preparing this case for trial.

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