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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Keandre Davis Convicted in Club Suede Murder

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Club Suede before it was a crime scene
  • Club Suede before it was a crime scene

A jury convicted 22-year-old Keandre Davis of first-degree murder for killing 19-year-old Lawon Hall as he left Club Suede in the city's SOMA neighborhood more than two years ago.

The jury deliberated for two days, concluding that Davis shot Hall several times on the morning of Feb. 7, 2010. According to witness testimony, Hall was leaving the club when Davis and another man cornered him in a vestibule and killed him.

Robert Burns, a patrol special officer, identified himself to Davis and asked him to stop. Burns began shooting at Davis after both suspects refused to drop their weapons. Davis was arrested, but the other suspect fled.

"People come from around the world to enjoy San Francisco's vibrant nightlife," said District Attorney George Gascón. "This verdict sends a powerful message that we will not tolerate violent behavior at our entertainment establishments."

The shooting stirred the community, and politicians used it as an example of why San Francisco's nightlife needs more regulation. A judge later ordered the club to close its doors permanently.

Davis could face up to 50 years to life in prison, according to the DA. He will be sentenced on June 19.

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