Complaint names accomplices in S.F. pimp killing case 

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The couple accused of killing their daughter’s pimp in the Bayview district last month had help from a family member and another man, prosecutors announced.

Antonio Gilton, 26, who’s related to shooting suspect Barry Gilton, though it’s unclear in what way, was arrested Wednesday along with Alfonso Williams, 35, in connection with the June 4 slaying of Calvin Sneed, 22, of Compton, who believed to have been a gang member.

The men helped arm Barry Gilton and were with him the night of the murder, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.

Barry Gilton, a 38-year-old Muni operator, and his longtime girlfriend, Lupe Mercado, 37, were allegedly desperate to reclaim their 17-year-old daughter from Sneed’s control, prosecutors said, and thus resorted to killing him.

Defense attorneys said the parents’ numerous attempts to seek help from authorities had failed. However, they deny the couple became vigilantes.

A week before the killing, on May 27, the couple had allegedly tracked Sneed and their daughter to the Los Angeles area, where the girl had been a sex worker. While there, prosecutors said, Barry Gilton allegedly shot and injured Sneed with a 9 mm pistol and retrieved his daughter.

The following week, Sneed came to San Francisco to reclaim the girl. On the morning of June 4, Barry Gilton allegedly met with his cousin and Williams in the 1400 block of Grove Street. Williams fetched a handgun and the trio headed to the Bayview, waiting for Sneed on Meade Avenue, the criminal complaint said.

They then drove alongside Sneed’s car and Barry Gilton allegedly opened fire, striking Sneed in the head and causing him to crash into a parked car. Sneed died later at a hospital.

Barry Gilton and Mercado have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Antonio Gilton and Williams pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder, conspiracy to commit murder and various firearm offenses.

The attorney for Mercado said his client was not named in the criminal complaint, further proving her innocence.
All three men arrested have criminal histories, prosecutors said.

Barry Gilton was convicted on drug charges in the mid-1990s. Antonio Gilton was arrested in 2007 on suspicion of possessing a concealed firearm and also in 2008 for allegedly possessing cocaine with the intent to sell. Williams was convicted in 1998 as an accessory to a crime after the fact, the criminal complaint said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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