A man who viciously beat his homeless ex-girlfriend to death in front of a South of Market district nightclub in 2008 was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday.
Anthony Marks, 46, killed 44-year-old Robin Kent in front of Boss Nightclub at Harrison and Lapu Lapu streets just before noon. The murder was unrelated to the nightclub.
Kent was discovered in a pool of blood, police said. The body was wrapped in blankets and shielded from view by wooden boards.
Marks and Kent had a rocky relationship. Marks had been convicted of assaulting Kent earlier that year.
Prosecutor Scot Clark had sought a first-degree murder conviction, saying that the attack was premeditated and occurred while Kent was asleep on the ground outside the club.
Marks’ attorney, Deputy Public Defender Mark Iverson, called it a crime of passion.
The trial was delayed briefly last Wednesday when a juror came back from the lunch break apparently under the influence of drugs and was dismissed by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Susan Breall.
Marks is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26.
Bay City News contributed to this report.