Suspect in Castro slaying to appear in court

The homicide case in Diamond Heights that reportedly followed a hookup between two men at a Castro district bar is set to resume in court today for the scheduling of a preliminary hearing.

James Rickleffs was arrested Sept. 2 last year in connection with the death of 28-year-old hairstylist Steven “Eriq” Escalon.

Escalon was found bound and gagged in his Diamond Heights apartment June 12, 2012, according to police.

Rickleffs reportedly met Escalon at 440 Castro St. and then went back to Escalon's home. Escalon's electronics and financial documents were found in Rickleffs' possession upon his arrest, police said.

Trial closing in burning death

The closing arguments are set to resume today in the case of Mia Sagote.

The defense team will have a chance to give closing arguments after prosecutor Michael Swart gave his Thursday.

Sagote is accused of burning a 49-year-old homeless woman to death at Candlestick Park with an accomplice in January 2007. The day before Jill May was burned alive, Swart said, she was allegedly stripped and robbed by Sagote and accomplice Leslie Siliga for owing them money.

May was killed because she told police about the robbery, Swart said.

Book-wetting suspect to appear

Aton Cole, 33, of San Francisco is scheduled to be arraigned today on a misdemeanor charge that he urinated all over three shelves of books at the Main Library in Civic Center last week.

Library officials said the damages from the urine exceeded $3,000, and staffers added that Cole had been banned from the building in the past for a similar act.

Suspects in murder, child porn cases in court

Two disturbing cases are scheduled to return to court Thursday for status updates.

They include the cases against Barry White, who is charged in the savage killings of two South of Market jewelry store clerks on July 12, and against Larry Brinkin, a 22-year veteran of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission who is accused of distributing child pornography.

Trial closing in burning death

A jury trial date is set to be determined Friday in the case against Jodie Daniels, an El Cerrito man accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Terry Turner Jr. inside a Polk Street coffee shop in 2011. The shooting apparently occurred after Turner stole Daniels' laptop, prosecutors said.

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