Marcus “Wolfie” Herrera, 24, was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering Robert Musial, 55, in Golden Gate Park last year over a marijuana debt, but still faces up to four years in prison for beating Musial with a skateboard just before his death.
Musial died from an irregular heartbeat following the April 27, 2012, attack on Hippie Hill, said the Medical Examiner’s Office, which originally ruled the death a homicide.
However, during the trial, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified that it was impossible to know whether the cardiac event was caused by a confrontation, the Public Defender’s Office said.
The attack reportedly occurred after Herrera’s ex-pal, fellow park dweller Christopher Brinker, confronted Musial about $5,000 worth of marijuana he had fronted him that had not been repaid. Musial was beaten, robbed and later found by police suffering a medical condition near the park carousel about 700 feet away.
Brinker struck a plea bargain in February to robbery, voluntary manslaughter and false imprisonment in exchange for nine years in state prison and his testimony against Herrera, the public defender’s office said. Although Herrera was acquitted of murder, he was convicted of one count of assault with a deadly weapon for the skateboard beating.