Skip to comments.S.F. couple kill daughter's alleged pimp, cops say
Posted on 06/14/2012 7:17:21 AM PDT by doug from upland
A San Francisco couple whose teenage daughter was allegedly being pimped by a Southern California man tracked him around the state, failing at one attempt to kill him before shooting him to death near Candlestick Park, authorities said Wednesday.
Attorneys for the couple say that they tried everything to rescue their daughter from Calvin Sneed, a 22-year-old alleged gang member from Compton (Los Angeles County), but that they didn't kill him.
Prosecutors, however, say that when Barry Gilton and his longtime girlfriend, Lupe Mercado, couldn't get their 17-year-old daughter back through legitimate means, they turned to premeditated murder.
Gilton, 38, and Mercado, 37, appeared in court Wednesday on murder and other charges for allegedly shooting Sneed in the Bayview neighborhood in the early hours of June 4.
The couple have been together since middle school and live with their three other children in San Francisco. Their daughter disappeared some time ago and after searching for her, Gilton and Mercado discovered that she was turning tricks and that Sneed was her pimp, their attorneys said.
"They had gone out to local police agencies, agencies in Southern California - they had even tried talking to national organizations," said Eric Safire, Gilton's attorney. "Every place they turned to turned them away." L.A. shooting
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It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.
Sad, hope they don’t get convicted for anything except cleaning up the streets.
Let em walk, they did society a favor.
Dang - pimping out a 17 year old and nobody they went to could do anything for them? Like arrest the guy? Or the girl? Or the johns? A known gang member with an underage prostitute and they wouldn’t return the girl to her parents?
Shouldn’t stories about pimps be posted in bloggers?
So as to be among friends, so to speak...
I don't think I could convict them of doing anything wrong.
They finally got the police to pay attention. Rescue their daughter from a pimp? Not a police issue. Prosecute after the parents solve the problem? The police are right there.
—”The motive is all they (prosecutors) have, as far as we’re concerned,” said Tony Tamburello, Mercado’s attorney. “This would not be the first time the police and prosecutors got it wrong.”—
It seems that may be true, however:
—”San Francisco police have thoroughly investigated this case, and the investigation is not limited to San Francisco,” he said. “We would not charge a case unless we had a good-faith basis that we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”—
Reading that, the Zimmerman case comes to mind. i.e. Yeah, sure... ;-)
Pimpin’ ain’t easy (as the saying goes).
The spirit of Paul Kelsey lives!
Shoot, bury, and keep your mouth shut.
Its less dangerous to arrest the parents than a gang member.
soak body with water, cover body with lots of lye before covering with dirt.....
Judge: “Did you shoot him in the Bayview Section?”
Defendant”: “Only because he turned around so quickly”
They tried to get her back by asking cops for help. What were they supposed to do? Let her go? I say give them a medal.
give them double the bounty for gang bangers. The punk was a GB and a pimp. The cops will never do it. Time for people to start cleaning up their own streets and neighborhoods.
Actually, I was recycling an old joke.
Judge: “Were you hit in the fracas?”
Witness: “Well, not perzackly in the fracas, but about halfway between the navel and the fracas.”
When do the pimp protection protests begin?
Seems like they their daughter and society a big favor. They should not be charged at all. If charged I hope they are found not guilty.
I would not be surprised if the gang told the cops to handle this or there would be trouble.
But if these folks get convicted, the sentence for the murder should be more like community service, not hard time.
Hey, they already demonstrated they are good at community service, by taking this gang member off the streets.
First they came for the pimps but I did not speak out because I was not a pimp. Then they....
I want pics of all
I agree. Even if the girl was willing, she was still under age and law enforcement has a responsibility to help. Evidently in the Bay area if it’s “just sex” the law doesn’t apply to anybody doing anything. Such a liberated world we live in.
My daughter is 14, ther would be blood in the street. At 17 this sounds like kidnapping. The police turn a blind eye - all bets are off.
what I read is she went over to another pimp, then she killed original pimp while he was asleep in a hotel room. It is not to say the guy wasn’t a complete evil reprobate who derserved to die, just how she did it was a little cold.
The only question, and I grant that it is an unsettling one, is did they really get her back?
Several elements of this story are unintentionally funny.
Calvin Sneed? Cranston Snord? Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom?
Nutty Block Crip street gang? Wasn’t the Nutty Block Crisp one of Willy Wonka’s candies? Or is it more a granola bar?
Gilton, 38, and Mercado, 37...lifelong San Francisco residents who have been *dating* since their teens...and live with their three other children...
What do you have against bloggers? I have a blog (I don’t post it here but I have one). Some blogs are actually very good.
Retribution is always best served cold.
=== Gilton, a former high school basketball star, was convicted in 1995 of drug dealing and possession. He and Mercado face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle. Gilton was also charged with possession of a firearm as a felon. ===
Reminds me of the film “Taken”.
Too hard for Eric Holder to be keepin’ all his hos in line.
One of my worst nightmares as a parent - Failing to be able to help my child who desperately needs help.
They should have chased him into Texas.
exactly. If there isn't more to this story then we are in trouble
Maybe you miss understood what humblegunner was saying. Blogs are perfect medium to expose pimps.
No I understand perfectly.
Reminds me of the George C. Scott movie “Hardcore”, where he played a father trying to rescue his daughter from a similar situation.
I say erect a statue and throw a ticker tape parade for ‘em...They killed another BLACK criminal and saved the taxpayer’s money...Best story I’ve read all week....LOVE IT!! Always love it when BLACK CRIMINALS die brutal deaths.
Sneed was a victim of a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles last year, according to Los Angeles police. An appeal filed in a murder case involving a friend of his said that both the friend and Sneed were members of the Nutty Block Crip street gang.
It seems to me that Mr. Sneed died as a consequence of his occupation. Insulators die of silicosis, he died of lead poisoning.
I’ll take a jury trial for a thousand Alex.
I disagree... For a pimp, shoot, cut off penis and insert it in the departed's mouth, and dump the body on the streets he frequented.