Three plead not guilty in Tenderloin shooting

May 19, 2009 2:11:38 PM PDT
Three suspects accused in a drug-related fatal shooting in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood in February pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.

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Javon Fee, 29, of Oakland; Rorico Reyna, 31, of Hayward; and Barbara Barnes, 24, of San Francisco, remain in custody on $5 million bail each.

The three are charged in the killing of 33-year-old Leticia Hunter of Sacramento on the night of Feb. 23 when, according to police, a sport utility vehicle pulled up to a crowd of people standing on the sidewalk at Turk and Taylor streets, an argument ensued and someone from the SUV opened fire.

Six people, including Hunter, were struck by gunfire. The SUV sped off and was chased by police onto the Bay Bridge, but the pursuit was called off out of concern for public safety. The vehicle was later found abandoned and on fire in Oakland.

Prosecutors have said the suspects had not been targeting Hunter, but were retaliating against a male drug dealer who had allegedly stolen drugs from them earlier that day.

Fee is believed to have been the gunman, according to prosecutors, who in April additionally accused him of threatening witnesses from jail.

The three were arrested March 14 and, in addition to murder charges, face counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.

Fee, Reyna and Barnes are scheduled to return to court June 17 to set a date for a preliminary hearing in the case.

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