gavel.jpgA Richmond man convicted last month of a fatal shooting outside a nightclub near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in 2010 is set to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Keandre Davis, 22, was found guilty by a San Francisco Superior Court jury on May 22 of first-degree murder and a special allegation involving the use of a firearm to kill 19-year-old Lawon Hall outside Club Suede at 383 Bay St. on Feb. 7, 2010.

Davis faces 50 years to life in prison in the sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the San Francisco Hall of Justice.

Prosecutors said Hall was cornered by Davis and another suspect as he left the club and was shot at more than a dozen times.

Davis was arrested after a patrol special officer, Robert Burns, witnessed the shooting,
then shot and detained him. A man suspected of being the second shooter was arrested in the days after Hall’s death but prosecutors declined to file charges against him.

Deputy Public Defender Steve Olmo, who represents Davis, said in his closing argument at the trial that his client and Hall were longtime family friends with no feud and that Burns misidentified Davis as the shooter.

However, Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia said Davis’ DNA was found on the grip of a handgun located near where he was arrested, and bullet fragments found in Hall’s body matched bullets shot from that firearm.

After the shooting, a judge ordered Club Suede permanently closed.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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