Two Arrested In Connection with Pimp's Murder

Alfonso Williams and Antonio Gilton will be charged with murder and other felonies.

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    A New Castle County Superior Court jury convicted James Cooke of the rape and murder of a University of Delaware student in 2005.

    Two additional men have been arrested in connection with the high profile murder case two parents who allegedly took justice into their own hands and killed a man who is said to be their daughter's pimp.

    Alfonso Williams, 35, of San Francisco and Antonio Gilton, 26, also of San Francisco, will be arraigned on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit the murder of 22-year-old Calvin Sneed, possesion of a firearm and discharging the firearm into an occupied vehicle, according  to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, who issued the news on Thursday.

    Authorities did not reveal any evidence as to why these two are connected to the case.

    Sneed was allegedly shot dead by a pair of desperate parents on June 4 who were allegedly trying rescue their 17-year-old daughter from a pimp and suspected gang member.

    They tracked him from Los Angeles, where they attempted to kill him, back to San Francisco, where they allegedly shot him dead, according to police.

    Barry Gilton and his longtime girlfriend, Lupe Mercado, appeared in court Wednesday for the  death of Sneed near Candlestick Park, according to prosecutors. Sneed, of Compton, was shot in his car June 4 at  2 a.m. in the city's Bayview neighborhood. He later died at San Francisco General Hospital.

    The defendents allegedly killed Sneed because they suspected him to be their daughter's pimp, according to prosecutors. The couple is charged with one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a fire arm at an occupied vehicle.  Gilton faces the additional charge of possessing a firearm as a felon, according to prosecutors.

    Both Gilton and Mercado appeared in court and entered a "not guilty" plea, bail was set at $2 million for both defendents, according to prosecutors.

    Barry Gilton is the alleged shooter, according to police. He and Mercado are also suspected of tracking their daughter and Sneed to North Hollywood, where a shooter fired several rounds into Sneed's car on May 27.

    Gilton and Mercado were arrested shortly after the girl was questioned by police. No details on what led to Williams and Antonio Gilton's arrest has been released.

    The girl, whose identity is not being released, is staying with family, as are the couple's other children.

    Attorneys for the couple say that police have no other evidence aside from motive to link the couple to their daughter's pimp's death.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Braconi, Sgt. Watts, Inspector Jones or Inspector Cunningham of the SFPD Homicide Detail at (415) 553-1145, the Anonymous Tip Line (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to "TIP411" and begin the message with SFPD.