Man Convicted in Metreon Murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 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 METREON MURDER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Christopher Canon (CN 2420975), was convicted of murder. The conviction came after a four-week jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 25 before the Honorable Anne-Christine Massullo.

"Assistant District Attorney Kin Tong and the San Francisco Police Department did an excellent job bringing this defendant to justice," said District Attorney George Gascón.

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, the jury found the defendant guilty of second-degree murder in violation of California Penal Code Section 187. The jury also found true the allegation that the defendant used a handgun in violation of California Penal Code Section 12022.53(d).

According to evidence presented at trial, on November 11, 2007 at the Metreon at Fourth and Mission, defendant Canon, shot and killed the victim Michael Price Jr. with a handgun following an argument which began near the first-floor escalator. The defendant shot the victim four times with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

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On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the first jury to hear this case was unable to reach a verdict. The case was rescheduled to Friday, March 4, 2011 to set the date to begin the second trial in Department 25. On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, the second trial began. On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 the jury reached a verdict and found the defendant guilty of second-degree murder.

This conviction is the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector John Cleary, retired Inspector Mike Mahoney and retired Captain Daniel McDonagh.

The case was continued to Friday, July 8, 2011 in Department 25 at 1:30 p.m. for sentencing. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Kin Tong prosecuted the case. Martine Barbier was the victim witness advocate on the case.