Trial for fatal beating of homeless woman delayed due to juror's alleged drug use 

The murder trial for a man accused of savagely beating a homeless woman outside a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 2008 neared its end today as both the prosecution and defense rested their cases.

Anthony Marks, 46, is accused of killing Robin Kent, 44, whose battered body was found on March 12, 2008, outside the front door of the Boss Nightclub at 750 Harrison St.

Police and prosecutors said the murder was unrelated to any activity at the nightclub, but rather stemmed from a dispute between Marks and Kent, who were both homeless and had a turbulent ongoing relationship.

Marks, who had been convicted of assaulting Kent earlier in 2008, was arrested days after her death, and pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

In the trial today, the jury was shown a video of Marks confessing to the murder to homicide inspectors, and they heard testimony from Vincent Glasco, the acquaintance who discovered Kent's body.

The trial was delayed this afternoon after a juror came back from the lunch break apparently under the influence of drugs and was dismissed from the jury by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Susan Breall.

When the trial resumed, Glasco described Marks as a soft-spoken loner, while Kent was "aggressive and very outspoken."

He said that days prior to Kent's death, Marks had told him he was "tired of her running off with his money," but said he didn't know what he was going to do about it.

Both Clark and Marks' attorney, Deputy Public Defender Mark Iverson, rested their cases today following Glasco's testimony.

The jury will return Friday to hear closing arguments from both sides and could begin deliberating that day.

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