A man accused of fatally stabbing the mother of his daughter and raping two of the woman’s other daughters in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood in 2007 was found guilty of first-degree murder and sexual assault charges today. A jury convicted Umar Hudson, 35, this afternoon of fatally stabbing Jernell Scott, 32, on April 6, 2007, outside her home in the 900 block of Ellsworth Street.
Scott and Hudson had known each other since high school and had a previous relationship, then got back together in 2005 and had a child together who was 16 months old at the time of the killing, prosecutors said. Hudson was also accused of sexually assaulting Scott’s daughters, who were 9 and 13 years old. The jury convicted him of lewd and lascivious acts and oral copulation involving children under the age of 14.
Prosecutor Diana Garcia said at the start of the trial that Hudson’s anxiety over possibly being arrested for the sexual assault cases, which the girls reported to police, led him to attack Scott, who was found by neighbors naked and bleeding in the middle of the street. Garcia said neighbors reported seeing a man standing over Scott in the street and repeatedly stabbing her, then going back inside the home and coming back out with another knife, which he used to stab her again. Hudson then went back inside the home once more, changed clothes and went out to the street where a crowd had gathered and police had arrived, according to Garcia.
Although Hudson tried to blend in as a bystander, neighbors told police he was the stabber, and police arrested him and found a backpack he was carrying was filled with bloody clothes. Investigators later confirmed DNA evidence linking Hudson to the sexual assault of the two young girls, which Garcia said took place over several months.
Hudson’s defense attorney, Alfredo Vea, said he told the jury that his client had killed Scott, but argued that the crime was done in the heat of passion. “I’m disappointed, I think there was enough for voluntary manslaughter,” rather than the first-degree murder conviction, Vea said. District Attorney George Gascon is holding a news conference this afternoon to discuss the conviction.
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