A 64-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a 2012 slaying at a San Francisco homeless shelter, District Attorney George Gascón announced Friday.
Rickey Leon Scott, 64, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Abdul Smith, who was killed at the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on February 6, 2012.
“Homeless shelters are the last safe refuge for people who have no other options,” Gascón said. “This man violated the sanctity of this shelter and all who live within it, by murdering the victim in cold blood.”
According to court testimony, Scott fatally stabbed the 44-year-old Smith once in the heart.
Smith was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later. Scott fled, but was found by police about 10 minutes later a block away, at Fourth and Bryant Streets.
Investigators were able to locate the knife on a rooftop with the help of the San Francisco Fire Department using a hook-and-ladder truck.
After a one-month trial, the case went to the jury Tuesday afternoon. The jury came back with a verdict Friday morning. They found the defendant guilty of first degree murder, and found the use of a knife allegation true.
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