Courtesy SFPDThe Bamm-Bamm pendantConvicted murderer Charles Heard received 25 years to life in prison for killing Richard Barrett in 2008 -- a crime that prosecutors say was done as he attempted to steal Barrett's pendant of cave-baby Bamm-Bamm from The Flintstones.Heard was sentenced yesterday ... More >>
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A San Francisco jury found alleged Western Addition gang member Charles Heard guilty of murder and robbery today after nine days of deliberations.Heard, 25, was found guilty under the "felony murder" doctrine, which holds that those who help commit a crime that leads to murder -- even if not kill ... More >>
In today's print issue of SF Weekly, we report on suggestions in previously unreleased court documents that San Francisco police officers lost track of an important attempted-murder witness while trying to scrounge up dirt on a private investigator. But the cops' use of questionable spy games agains ... More >>
A San Francisco private investigator who works with criminal defense attorneys has been indicted on a felony count of dissuading a witness, a charge stemming from his alleged efforts to scare off a star witness in an attempted murder case last month.Steve Vender, in a 2007 SF Weekly photographSte ... More >>
A San Francisco jury convicted Phil Pitney, 19, of attempted murder Thursday, even after the victim he shot at was a no-show for the entire trial -- apparently because he was threatened by the defense attorney's investigator.The Chron reported last week that Steve Vender, a private investigator w ... More >>
One of the alleged gang members arrested outside a San Francisco courtroom for what the the District Attorney's office describes as an act of witness intimidation has been charged with violating the terms of his probation on a past felony conviction. He could return to prison as a result, the man's ... More >>
San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart ordered seven spectators arrested for witness intimidation during a preliminary hearing today in a murder case. The men, associates of defendant Charles Heard, all stood up in the courtroom gallery when a witness to the alleged shooting, whi ... More >>
With his motorcycles and his tattoos, Jon Bryce LaPierre is almost prototypically blue-collar. He's also an almost archetypal bully, and he's got the yuppie neighbors scared witless.