Charges dropped against juvenile in stabbing death of SF teen Rashawn Williams 

Surveillance video shows, circled in blue, the juvenile who was arrested in the killing of Rashawn Williams, and a second person, circled in red, who the Public Defender's Office claims actually stabbed the 14-year-old. Charges have been dropped against the arrested juvenile. - COURTESY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy Public Defender's Office
  • Surveillance video shows, circled in blue, the juvenile who was arrested in the killing of Rashawn Williams, and a second person, circled in red, who the Public Defender's Office claims actually stabbed the 14-year-old. Charges have been dropped against the arrested juvenile.
The charges have been dropped against a 14-year-old boy standing trial in the stabbing death of another juvenile that occurred last year in the Mission district.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges Tuesday morning in Juvenile Court, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office released video footage last month showing what appeared to be another person stabbing Rashawn Williams outside a Mission district corner store Sept. 2.

“Given all the evidence, charges have been dropped at this time,” Alex Bastain, District Attorney’s Office spokesman, said about the case.

The case remains under investigation and no other suspect has been arrested.

The killing of Williams might have fallen on the shoulders of an innocent 14-year-old who for more than six months has been in custody and was painted by many as a murderer, said Adachi. The teenager, who was a former classmate of Williams’ at Horace Mann Middle School, was arrested the day after the incident.

“If the police had properly investigated this case they could have discovered that our client was not the person who did the crime,” said Adachi.

One of his office’s investigators found the video of the crime along with additional still footage from several blocks away, all of which exonerated the original suspect, said Adachi.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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