3 more suspects arraigned in tourist murder 

Three more suspects pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in San Francisco Superior Court to charges relating to the October murder of a tourist from Louisiana.

Five people, including two women, were arrested this week for the killing of 26-year-old Michael Bailey during a robbery in a Bayview District public housing complex in the early morning hours of Oct. 4.

William Jones, 21, of San Francisco, the suspected gunman, was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a firearm, robbery and firearms possession.

Attached to the charges are allegations the crimes were committed in furtherance of a criminal street gang.

A 17-year-old boy also taken into custody this week is expected to be arraigned on murder, conspiracy and robbery charges on Monday.

Police arrested Arieal Kittles, 21, and Lance Molina, 23, late Wednesday night in Antioch.

Both Kittles -- who is suspected of luring Bailey and two of his friends to the neighborhood after meeting them in a South of Market District nightclub earlier that night -- and Molina pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder, conspiracy and robbery.

A second woman, 30-year-old Kenya Moore, pleaded not guilty to a single charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder, with a gang allegation. She is accused of driving Kittles, Jones and Molina away from the scene of the killing.

Jones is additionally facing a special circumstances allegation for his murder charge, that it was committed during a robbery. The allegation brings the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted.

Jones, Kittles and Molina are each being held on $10 million bail. Moore's bail is set at $100,000. Her attorney's request Thursday to release her on her own recognizance was denied by Judge Bruce Chan.

The attorney argued there was "no foundation" for the gang allegations against Moore, and that she was a lifelong San Franciscan who was not a threat to the community, was not a flight risk, and was caring for her two children.

Prosecutor Eric Fleming pointed out that Moore had multiple previous criminal convictions, including for theft and lying to police. Fleming said Moore allegedly lied to police about her role in this case.

Kittles' attorney, Kenneth Quigley, said outside the courtroom Thursday that he had just met his client and was still waiting to review evidence in the case.

"She seems like a nice young lady who's very scared," Quigley said.

Bailey, of Baton Rouge, La., was a married father of three and a senior studying electrical engineering Southern University, and was vacationing in San Francisco at the time.

Prosecutors believe Bailey and two of his friends, one also from Louisiana, met Kittles at the City Nights nightclub at 715 Harrison Street.

She reportedly told them she had lost her car keys inside the club and the men agreed to give her a ride home in their rental car.

Instead, she allegedly directed them to Doublerock Street in the Alice Griffith housing project, an area notorious for gang activity.

After Kittles left the vehicle, a gunman approached and ordered the men out of the car and onto the ground, according to police. About 10 others, including juveniles, then ran up and rifled through the victims' pockets. The gunman then allegedly struck one of Bailey's companions in the head with the gun.

Bailey stood up to help, words were exchanged, and Bailey was shot in the head and killed, police and prosecutors said.

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