A suspect charged in a drug-related fatal shooting in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in February has been ordered not to send mail, receive visitors or make phone calls from jail because of allegations he was trying to have witnesses in the case murdered.Javon Fee, 28, of Oakland, is one of three suspects accused in the Feb. 23 killing of 33-year-old Leticia Hunter, of Sacramento.Rorico Reyna, 29, of Hayward, and Barbara Barnes, 24, of San Francisco, are also in custody in connection with Hunter’s death. Five others were also shot when a sport utility vehicle pulled up to a crowd of people standing on the sidewalk at Turk and Taylor streets at about 10:20 p.m. and, following an argument, someone from the vehicle opened fire.Prosecutors have said that the suspects had not been targeting Hunter, but were retaliating against a male drug dealer who had allegedly stolen drugs from them earlier that day.Fee is believed to have been the gunman, according to prosecutors. Fee’s attorney Ruth Edelstein told Judge Lucy McCabe, during a court appearance for the three today, that the restrictions had been ordered against her client during an ex-parte hearing for which she was not present.Assistant District Attorney Linda Allen said that Fee “was soliciting someone to murder witnesses in this case.””He does not have a right to use the system to threaten witnesses,” said Allen.McCabe upheld the order, but granted Edelstein’s request that Fee be allowed to receive mail only.The three were arrested March 14 and have been in custody on $5 million bail since then, each charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a firearm, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.Fee and Barnes are additionally charged with being felons in possession of a firearm.Attorneys for the three suspects have postponed formal arraignment and plea entry on the charges several times as they wait to receive evidence against their clients. The case is scheduled to return to court May 11.Prosecutors believe the shooting was precipitated by a dispute between two groups of women over the stolen drugs.Following the alleged theft, prosecutors said Barnes phoned Fee, who arrived with Reyna in the silver Mercedes SUV and confronted the drug dealer about the theft. Fee then allegedly had Barnes retrieve a semi-automatic handgun from the SUV.Fee then allegedly opened fire, hitting six people, including Hunter.The SUV sped off and was chased by San Francisco police onto the Bay Bridge, but police called off the high-speed pursuit due to concerns about public safety. The car was later found abandoned and on fire in Oakland.
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