Calvin Sneed, 22, was gunned down in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, allegedly by Barry Gilton, 38, and Lupe Mercado, 37, who stand accused of tracking him across the state of California and shooting him to death, reports the L.A. Times.
Why would they do such a thing, you ask?
Because Sneed was allegedly pimping their 17-year-old daughter.
According to the Times, Gilton and Mercado first attempted to kill Sneed in North Hollywood. He eluded them then, but there was no avoiding the incident that occurred in Candlestick Park:
The L.A. Times reports:
Sneed, officials said, was gunned down in his car on June 4 at 2 a.m. by Gilton, who allegedly fired a .40-caliber weapon from a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV.
“We have substantial evidence to believe that this was a premeditated event,” Dist. Atty. George Gascon said Thursday.
Said Eric Safire, who represents Gilton: “There is some circumstantial evidence, and there’s certainly a motive, but there is no direct evidence that we’ve been made aware of.”
[The parents] were deeply concerned for their daughter, who left home about a year ago, Safire said. They had discovered that she was appearing in escort ads, and that she seemed to be working for Sneed.
“They … had come to learn that she was being unduly influenced by this fellow,” Safire said. “They encouraged her to stay away, and tried to get help to encourage him to stay away.”
Mercado’s lawyer, Tony Tamburello, said Thursday that law enforcement officials “jumped to the conclusion that because [the couple had] a motive, that they’re the people who are responsible.”
“They’re wrong. And they’ve been wrong before.”
Safire alleges that the couple had approached law enforcement and national organizations, but no one would listen to them. That’s when they allegedly took matters into their own hands.
“Call him a pimp. Call him a gang banger. Paint the picture as worse as you want,” said Sneed’s father to CBS News. “The fact of the matter is, he didn’t deserve to die. That’s the bottom line.”
Gilton and Mercado face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle. They are both being held on $2 million dollar bail. If convicted, they could face life in prison.
Their court date is scheduled for June 20.