Man faces life in prison for alleged crime of passion

A man accused of killing his romantic rival two weeks after the victim’s wedding will be held to answer on murder charges, a San Mateo County judge ruled Monday.

Samuel Blackmon, 44, is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted of forcible rape in 1993.

Following Blackmon’s preliminary hearing Monday, Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall ordered him back to court Oct. 16 to set a trial date.

Prosecutors allege that on July 6, 2006, Blackmon entered his ex-girlfriend’s Redwood City apartment and shot her new husband, 49-year-old Sequoia school district bus driver Jeffrey Henderson.

Beatriz Buttler, the woman at the center of the case, returned home to find Henderson dead with a rope tied around one wrist, said Deputy District Attorney Al Giannini.

Henderson and Buttler were involved in a “very long-term relationship” before ultimately marrying, Giannini said.

“At one point, they broke up because the victim wouldn’t marry her. She moved out and became involved with Mr. Blackmon,” he said. But soon, Henderson came back into her life, and she began dating both men, he said.

Blackmon proposed to Buttler, and the engaged couple was making plans to buy a house when she apparently had a change of heart and married Henderson, according to prosecutors.

Two weeks later, Henderson was dead and Buttler is now making plans to marry the incarcerated Blackmon, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Buttler has an alibi for the day of the killing, and there is no evidence to suggest she was aware of any plan to murder Henderson. Still, they have not yet offered her immunity in exchange for her testimony.

Buttler, now engaged to Blackmon, resisted testifying against him, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. At Monday’s preliminary hearing, Giannini did not call her to testify, but said he may do so during the trial.

Prosecutors allege Henderson’s murder was carefully planned.

“Whoever killed Mr. Henderson brought a rope and a gun to the apartment. That certainly suggests premeditation,” Giannini said.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Blackmon will spend the restof his life behind bars.

His attorney, Public Defender Lisa Maguire, was not immediately available for comment.

tbarak@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Lowell High School is considered an academically elite public school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students denounce ‘rampant, unchecked racism’ at Lowell after slurs flood anti-racism lesson

A lesson on anti-racism at Lowell High School on Wednesday was bombarded… Continue reading

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board signs off on changes to scooter permit program

Companies will gete longer permits, but higher stakes

A health care worker receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
City sets ambitious goal to vaccinate residents by June

Limited supply slows distribution of doses as health officials seek to expand access

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
Joe Biden issues call for ‘unity’ amidst extreme partisan rancor

‘I will be a president for all Americans,’ he says in inauguration speech

MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (L) of Georgia taps elbows during a rally for supporters on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Both become senators Wednesday.  (Jenny Jarvie/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Vice President Harris swears in senators Padilla, Warnock, Ossoff

New Democratic senators tip balance of power in upper legislative house

Most Read