From the San Francisco Chronicle: A San Francisco couple whose teenage daughter was allegedly being pimped by a Southern California man tracked him around the state, failing at one attempt to kill him before shooting him to death near Candlestick Park, authorities said Wednesday.
Attorneys for the couple say that they tried everything to rescue
their daughter from Calvin Sneed, a 22-year-old alleged gang member from
Compton (Los Angeles County), but that they didn't kill him.
Prosecutors, however, say that when Barry Gilton and his longtime
girlfriend, Lupe Mercado, couldn't get their 17-year-old daughter back
through legitimate means, they turned to premeditated murder.
Gilton, 38, and Mercado, 37, appeared in court Wednesday on murder
and other charges for allegedly shooting Sneed in the Bayview
neighborhood in the early hours of June 4.
The couple have been together since middle school and live with their
three other children in San Francisco. Their daughter disappeared some
time ago and after searching for her, Gilton and Mercado discovered that
she was turning tricks and that Sneed was her pimp, their attorneys
"They had gone out to local police agencies, agencies in Southern
California - they had even tried talking to national organizations,"
said Eric Safire, Gilton's attorney. "Every place they turned to turned