Opening statements in the trial of four defendants arrested in connection with the 2009 murder of Louisiana tourist Michael Bailey in San Francisco are set to begin Tuesday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
William Jones, 25, of San Francisco, the suspected gunman, faces charges of murder with special circumstances, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a firearm, participation in a street gang, three counts of robbery and firearms possession.
Two of his alleged accomplices, Maurice Lige, 22, who was a minor at the time of the incident, and Lance Molina, 27, face charges of murder with a gang enhancement, conspiracy to commit robbery, three counts of robbery and participation in a street gang.
Additionally, Ariel Kittles, 25, faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and three counts of robbery.
Kenya Moore, 34, was arrested in 2009 with the other suspects and originally faced a single charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder, with a gang allegation. She was accused of driving the suspects away from the scene of the killing. In 2012, a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold her to answer to the charges.
The incident unfolded early Oct. 4, 2009, when Bailey, who was 26 at the time, and two friends met Kittles at a South of Market nightclub. She told them that she lost her car keys inside the club and they offered her a ride home.
Instead, prosecutors allege, Kittles directed them to Doublerock Street in the Alice Griffith housing project, an area known for gang activity.
Once Kittles left the vehicle, a gunman ordered the men out of the car and onto the ground. Roughly 10 other people, including kids, came up and began rifling through the victims’ pockets, prosecutors said. The gunman struck one of Bailey’s friends in the head and Bailey got up to help, argued with the gunman and was fatally shot in the head.
Bailey, of Baton Rouge, La., who was a married father of three and a senior studying electrical engineering at Southern University, was vacationing in San Francisco at the time. The trial will begin at 9 a.m. in Dept. 25 at the Hall of Justice.
Firefighter accused of DUI to be arraigned
Michael Quinn, the 43-year-old San Francisco firefighter accused of felony drunken driving charges, will be in court Thursday for arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
Quinn is alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol while he was operating a fire truck that was involved in a collision with a motorcycle in June 2013. The motorcyclist was seriously injured.
Quinn was initially scheduled for arraignment in April but the hearing was postponed until Thursday at 9 a.m. in Department 22 at the Hall of Justice.