The attorney for a San Francisco man accused of attacking his brother with a power drill two weeks after a homophobic assault on his neighbor said Wednesday her client is not a gay basher and might need a head doctor.
Kevin Guerin was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to drill into his brother’s head during an argument over a broken door lock. The drill bit fell out during the attack, so instead he bashed his brother’s head with the cordless power tool multiple times, prosecutors said.
Guerin had been released from jail just four days before the alleged attack. His brother, a civil attorney, posted his bail.
On Oct. 4, Guerin was arrested on suspicion of beating up a group-home neighbor who is gay, according to prosecutors.
Guerin, who remained handcuffed during Wednesday’s arraignment, denied all allegations in both cases. A Superior Court judge revoked his bail. His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Anne Irwin, requested a medical evaluation for her client.
Irwin said prosecutors have misrepresented Guerin’s character in court and in the media. In the attack on his gay neighbor, Guerin told police, “I have nothing against gay people” and “I don’t know why I went after him,” Irwin said.
Prosecutors said Guerin admitted to police that he choked, punched and threatened to kill his neighbor “because of his sexual orientation.”
On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said his office was upset that the judge reduced Guerin’s bail from $175,000 to $150,000, allowing him to go free. Talai said the judge was warned that Guerin was a public safety risk.
But according to court transcripts of the bail hearing, the prosecuting attorney did not ask the judge to raise the bail above $175,000 and said he knew that Guerin’s brother would be able to post that amount.