Suspects make first court appearance in connection with Crocker Amazon Playground killings 

click to enlarge The two men accused of shooting two teenagers as they sat in their car near Crocker Amazon Playground last month made their initial court appearance Thursday. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • The two men accused of shooting two teenagers as they sat in their car near Crocker Amazon Playground last month made their initial court appearance Thursday.
The 21-year-old men accused of fatally shooting two teenagers at Crocker Amazon Playground last month made their initial court appearance Thursday morning, with a judge saying the killings were an attempt to benefit and promote a criminal street gang.

Gregory Morton III and Davante Robinson were arraigned on murder and gang charges for allegedly killing 18-year-old Kenyatta Butler and Donzel Gaines, 19, while they sat in a parked car March 9.

The pair are charged with two counts of murder, two counts of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle and one count of participating in a criminal street gang. Only Robinson is charged with personally and intentionally discharging a firearm as a felon.

Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman read the charges against Morton and Robinson to a courtroom packed with family members, including grandparents of both the deceased and accused.

Morton and Robinson are scheduled to enter their pleas at 9 a.m. Monday. They are both being held on $5 million bail, said the District Attorney's Office.

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