San Francisco man accused of murder has prior homicide conviction

The man suspected of fatally shooting his roommate in the Mission district Monday morning has reportedly killed before and will be held without bail while awaiting trial.

Vincent Jacobo, 56, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He did not enter a plea and his attorney’s request for bail was denied.

Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark requested that Jacobo be held without bail. Clark said Jacobo had previously been convicted of murder in May 1976 and detailed the brutal nature of Monday’s crime.

Jacobo is accused of using a semi-automatic gun to shoot 28-year-old Maurice White near 21st and Bartlett streets about 4:37 a.m. Monday. He was arrested later that afternoon in the 1100 block of Valencia Street.

The two men had lived together in a place on Valencia Street, along with White’s grandmother. The victim had been an All-City varsity football player at Galileo Academy of Science & Technology.

In videotape prosecutors shared with Judge Monica Wiley in court Thursday, Jacobo reportedly can be seen in pursuit of the fleeing victim. He shot White multiple times in the “lower back, buttocks and legs” and “administered a coup de grâce” to the head, according to Clark.

Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof argued that the incriminating footage was grainy. “There’s countless older gentlemen in San Francisco. … There’s not clear and convincing evidence that the person in the video is Mr. Jacobo,” Maloof said.

Prosecutors released no further information about Jacobo’s 1976 murder conviction.

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