Man charged in fatal beating held on $1M bail

A 35-year-old man charged with murder in connection with the beating death of another man in San Francisco's Crocker-Amazon neighborhood last week made his first appearance in San Francisco Superior Court this morning and was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Tony Leyva is facing one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon allegation for the killing of 39-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez, of San Mateo.

Rodriguez was found severely beaten behind the wheel of his car at Munich and Cordova streets on Friday night, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to prosecutor George Butterworth, an investigation into the exact cause of Rodriguez's death is still ongoing, but he died just after allegedly being assaulted by Leyva and two other men.

Rodriguez is believed to have been repeatedly punched and pistol-whipped with a BB gun.

Investigators believe Rodriguez may have owed Leyva money.

Leyva, who has no local address, turned himself in to police Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police are still seeking the two other suspects.

Leyva is due back in court Tuesday for arraignment, plea entry and the appointment of an attorney from the Public Defender's office.

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