A judge ruled Wednesday that there isn’t sufficient evidence to prove Barry Gilton was the triggerman in the killing of his daughter’s alleged pimp last summer in the Bayview district.
Still, the judge held Gilton, his daughter’s mother and two others to answer on murder charges in connection with the controversial June 4 homicide that some have viewed as vigilantism.
Prosecutors believe Gilton, a 38-year-old Muni operator with a rap sheet, and his child’s mother, Lupe Mercado, 37, conspired with two others to kill alleged pimp Calvin Sneed, 22, of Compton.
The other two defendants include Gilton’s 26-year-old cousin Antonio Gilton and 35-year-old Alfonso Williams.
Sneed was reportedly visiting San Francisco in order to reclaim Barry Gilton’s then-17-year-old daughter as his prostitute.
Desperate to prevent that, authorities said, the three male defendants planned an ambush. Sneed was shot dead about 2 a.m. June 4 as he drove his car. It remains unclear who pulled the trigger.
A week before the killing, Barry Gilton and Mercado had allegedly tracked Sneed and their daughter to the Los Angeles area. While there, Barry Gilton allegedly shot and injured Sneed and retrieved his daughter.