Brothers found guilty of South City murder

Two brothers on trial on suspicion of killing their childhood friend during a bloody confrontation in a South San Francisco apartment were found guilty of all charges Thursday.

The verdicts followed a two-week jury trial and two and a half days of deliberation by jurors. Both Brian Hedlin, 28 and Shawn Hedlin, 32, were convicted of murder, two counts of attempted murder and false imprisonment. Shawn Hedlin, who prosecutors said was the gunman, was also found guilty of possession of a firearm. Two other victims were shot and one woman suffered a broken back in the confrontation.

Brian Hedlin wept quietly as the verdicts were read, while his brother showed no emotion. A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the convictions mark the second strike for both brothers, who face life sentences.

The Hedlins are accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Greg Chicas after barging into the Third Avenue apartment he shared with his girlfriend Jeanette Briones, 17, and another couple — Eduardo Zapparolli, 24, and Nelia Lopez, 20.

Zapparolli was the target in the Jan. 31, 2005 attack, according to prosecutors. Brian Hedlin was reportedly angry with Zapparolli because he believed Zapparolli had set him up to take the fall two years earlier in a hit-and-run accident in San Bruno. Zapparolli had also been disrespectful to Brian Hedlin at a party weeks before the killing, Deputy District Attorney Sean Gallagher told the jury.

Prosecutors said the brothers came to the apartment for revenge after a night of drinking and Shawn Hedlin shot three of the four roommates. Lopez escaped but broke her back after jumping from a second-story window.

Brian Hedlin’s attorney Geoff Carr claimed his client didn’t know his brother was armed when the two went to the apartment. Shawn Hedlin’s attorney Michael DeVoy told jurors his client shot the trio in self-defense after wresting the gun away from Chicas.

tbarak@examiner.com

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