Significant Break in Vigilante Murder Case

Friday, July 6, 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 there has been a significant break in the June 4 murder of Calvin Sneed. New evidence shows there was a conspiracy to murder carried out by the defendants in this case.

“Revenge outside of the law is not justice within it,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The parents did not turn to the San Francisco Police Department but instead turned to other people and conspired to commit a murder.”

The San Francisco Police Department obtained surveillance video from a law enforcement camera that shows three of the four defendants Barry Gilton, Alfonso Williams, and Antonio Gilton together at the 1400 block of Grove Street shortly before the murder. Phone records also show the three defendants together at the time of the murder in the Bayview.

Furthermore, video footage shows the three defendants returned to the 1400 block of Grove Street shortly after the murder and disbursed from there.The District Attorney further explained that Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado, the parents of the juvenile daughter, did not turn to the San Francisco Police Department when they learned Sneed was in San Francisco. Instead they turned to other people to conspire to murder Sneed in a drive by shooting in the early morning hours of June 4th.

 All four defendants will be in court on July 12th, 9am in Department 20. Assistant District Attorney Harry Dorfman will be handling the case. Sergeant W. Braconi is the Inspector assigned to the case.