Suspect No. 2 pleads not guilty to murder
One of two men accused in a fatal gang-related shooting in the Western Addition last month pleaded not guilty to murder charges Monday.
Kenneth Chappell, 33, and Curtis Cail, 20, were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 54-year-old James Earl Lee on May 11 near Turk and Laguna streets, police said. A second victim, a 27-year-old woman, was also shot but survived.
Cail was arraigned on the various charges June 8 and pleaded not guilty, but Chappell was missing from court that day after apparently getting into a fight in jail and having to undergo surgery, prosecutors said.
Chappell made his initial appearance in court Monday with a bruised face and pleaded not guilty to murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, along with firearm-related charges and gang enhancements.
Both men remain in custody — Cail on $5 million bail and Chappell on $2 million bail — and will return to court July 11 for an evidentiary status hearing.
A Richmond man convicted last month of a fatal shooting outside a nightclub near Fisherman’s Wharf in 2010 is set to be sentenced today.
On May 22, Keandre Davis, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder and a special allegation involving the use of a firearm in the killing of 19-year-old Lawon Hall outside Club Suede on Bay Street on Feb. 7, 2010.
Davis faces 50 years to life in prison in the sentencing.
Prosecutors said Hall was cornered by Davis and another suspect as he left the club and was shot at more than a dozen times.
After the shooting, a judge ordered Club Suede permanently closed.