Murder charges dropped in North Beach jewelry store death 

Murder charges were dropped against a woman arrested in connection with the death of a North Beach jeweler, prosecutors said Monday.

Police found the body of Lyn Magnuson during a well-being check at his store at Mason and Lombard streets on the night of March 1. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound, police said.

Tanya Rains, 58, a transient woman, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary and murder. Lynard Hawk, 31, of San Francisco, was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, but was not charged with murder.

Murder charges were dropped against Rains on Friday when the two appeared in court.

According to Assistant District Attorney Seth Steward, the charges were dropped “pending further investigation.” He would not elaborate on the decision.

Both pleaded not guilty to burglary.

Magnuson may have died days before his body was found, police Officer Eric Chiang said.

Neighbors said Magnuson had come out of retirement to open the jewelry shop just before the holidays.

According to his website, Magnuson had more than 40 years of experience designing jewelry. For more than 20 years, he was a street artist who sold his jewelry on Fisherman’s Wharf, neighbors said.

“The store was my last step in my goal to become a master goldsmith,” Magnuson wrote on the website. “I want to thank all of you people who helped me in my struggle to survive as an artist by buying my jewelry. I’m forever grateful. Thank you, Lyn.”

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