Couple accused of killing pimp plead not guilty

June 22, 2012 2:14:22 PM PDT
A San Francisco couple accused of killing their 17-year-old daughter's pimp pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.

Prosecutors filed formal murder charges today against 38-year-old Barry Gilton and 37-year-old Lupe Mercado.

Police say the couple tracked and then shot and wounded Calvin Sneed in North Hollywood on May 27. Eight days later, they allegedly confronted Sneed again, this time, killing him in San Francisco's Bayview District.

The charges include a special circumstance allegation that could make them eligible for the death penalty if prosecutors decide to pursue it.