MAN CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN CLUB SUEDE HOMICIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2012

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Keandre Davis (DOB: 1/2/1990 CN 10004191) was convicted of first degree murder for the senseless death of Lawon Hall. The jury returned the verdict today, after just two days of deliberation.

“People come from around the world to enjoy San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This verdict sends a powerful message that we will not tolerate violent behavior at our entertainment establishments.”

According to court documents and witness testimony, on February 7, 2010, the defendant and another suspect cornered the victim in a vestibule as he was leaving Club Suede. The defendant and the other suspect shot the victim multiple times. Robert Burns, a patrol special officer, identified himself and shot defendant Davis when he and the other suspect would not stop and drop their weapons. Defendant Davis was held and arrested while the other suspect fled.

The jury returned the verdict in Department 27. The Honorable Jerome T. Benson presided over the case. The defendant was convicted on the count of first degree murder, a violation of Penal Code Section 187(a). The jury also found true the allegation of handgun use in commission of the murder, a violation of California Penal Code Section 12022.53(d). The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for June 19, 2012 in Department 27 of San Francisco Superior Court.

The statutory penalty for murder in the first degree is 25 years to life in prison. The defendant also faces an additional 25 years to life for using a handgun in violation of California Penal Code Section 12022.53(d). He is facing a total of 50 years to life in prison.

 The arrest of the defendant is the result of the quick response of Patrol Special Officer Robert Burns and the dedicated investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Pierucci. Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia prosecuted the case. Martine Barbier was the victim witness advocate on the case.


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