Defense For 14-Year-Old Accused Of Fatal Shooting Decries “Inhumane” Living Conditions At Juvenile Justice Center

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.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Naomi Flores

    Well he shouldn’t commit crimes!!!! Sometimes, these are the consequences to ones actions!!!! He’s lucky he gets 3 meals a day and a bed to sleep on!!!! Go to another country and see how their systems are!!! You sleep on the floor, while bugs and rats crawl over u thru the night!!! If u don’t have family sending you food, then ur shit out of luck!!! A kid died because of his actions!!! As far as inhumane living conditions, it’s freaking 10 years old!!! I remember because I HELPeD WORK ON THe NEW BUILDING!!!!! I’m sorry, but I don’t feel sorry for anyone who decides to take another persons life for no reason!!!!

  • Jack Carson

    Gee thug, I guess you didn’t believe that anyone would have the audacity to punish you for your misdeeds. …