Two brothers, including a 14-year-old boy, who are accused in a fatal daytime shooting at a bus stop in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood last month appeared in court to face murder charges today. Derrick Hunter, 20, and Quincy Hunter, 14, pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, dissuading a witness and other felonies.
The shooting, which happened at about 1 p.m. on June 24 at a bus stop near West Point and Middle Point roads, killed 19-year-old Jaquan Rice and wounded Rice’s 17-year-old girlfriend. Quincy Hunter’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young, has criticized prosecutors for charging her client as an adult despite his having just finished middle school.
District attorneys have the right under state law to try defendants as young as 14 years old as adults. Young today also decried what she called “inhumane” living conditions faced by Quincy Hunter at the Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on $5 million bail. She said he is only allowed out of his cell for 30 minutes twice a day, is not allowed to go outside, has no educational tutor and is not being served enough food.
“He’s a growing boy and he’s starving in there,” Young said. “This situation cannot continue.” The Hunters will return to court on July 31 for a hearing on the status of evidence in the case. Police and prosecutors have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.
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