Lack Of Evidence Prompts DA’s Office Release Of Suspect In Potrero Hill Homicide

A man arrested last week in connection with a fatal shooting was discharged before his arraignment, according to San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Alex Bastian.

Rodney Williams, 27, of San Francisco, was arrested last week in the May 20 killing of 23-year-old Derrick Whitfield, also of San Francisco.

Bastian said Williams was discharged Friday pending further investigation.

Whitfield was found around 9 p.m. in the first block of Turner Terrace in the Potrero Annex public housing area suffering from gunshot wounds to his head and upper body, according to police.

He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.

Police arrested Williams on suspicion of homicide and a probation violation out of San Mateo County.

Dennis Culver, Bay City News

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