Man Charged With Murder of San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper Vendor

March 25, 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 – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mark Anthony Cassell, (age 36), of San Francisco, was scheduled to be arraigned today on one count of murder.

“Mr. Ayers was a hard-working elderly man who was well known by commuters of the Montgomery Bart and Muni Station.” said District Attorney George Gascón. “His life was cut short because of the malicious and unprovoked assault by this defendant.”

On January 28, 2013, at approximately 11am, the defendant walked up to the victim and without any provocation allegedly picked up the victim and threw him onto the pavement. The victim, Dallas Laverne Ayers, of San Francisco, was 77 years old and 5’11 inches tall. The defendant, Mark Anthony Cassell, is 36 years old and is 6’4 inches tall.

The victim was transported to the hospital due to a right hip fracture, and later died on February 22, 2013. The Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.

Defendant Mark Anthony Cassell has been charged with one count of murder and will also be charged with an additional count of elder abuse causing death. His bail has been set at $500,000 and he is currently in custody. The San Francisco Police Department has an ongoing investigation regarding the case.

Mr. Cassell was scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 9 at 1:30pm. His arraignment was put over to March 27, 2013 for arraignment in Dept. 9 at 9am where the prosecution also plans to amend the complaint to add the additional count of elder abuse causing death. Assistant District Attorney Harry Dorfman is handling the case.