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Monday, December 8, 2014

Jeff Adachi: Video Proves That Cops Arrested the Wrong Kid for the Murder of Rashawn Williams

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM


San Francisco's Public Defender Jeff Adachi is pressing the District Attorney to drop charges against his client who was arrested in September in the stabbing death of 14-year-old Rashawn Williams, claiming they've picked up the wrong kid. 

And he has video to prove it. 

Adachi hosted a press conference this afternoon, where he circulated video footage and photographs of another boy accompanying the teen arrested. It was that kid who delivered the fatal blow to Williams, Adachi says. The Public Defender blurred the faces of the teens in the video and are not releasing their names because they're juveniles. 

But what the video shows is Adachi's client (circled in blue) and a second kid (circled in red) at a McDonald's at 24th and Mission 10 minutes before Williams was killed. Adachi says his client is wearing light pants and a black short sleeve t-shirt while the second teen is wearing a long-sleeve grey shirt and dark pants. 

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A few minutes later, you see the pair approach the corner store at Folsom and 26th streets where Williams was stabbed to death. Williams, a popular athlete at Sacred Heart, comes out of the store and  "at that point you can see the person with the dark pants and the grey top — and look at the arm you see it's a long-sleeve shirt and there's an interaction with him and Rashawn and it appears to be a stabbing motion toward him," Adachi says. 

"We know police arrested the wrong person," Adachi tells us. He added that police know who this second boy is in the video but have not arrested him. 

Here's the video:

Adachi says police are instead relying on witness statements to build their case against his client. When we contacted SFPD about Adachi's latest claims and the video, Officer Albie Esparza told us police would not comment on open investigations. The District Attorney's Office has not yet returned messages to SF Weekly. 

Adachi's client has been charged with murder and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month. 

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