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San Francisco Man Released after Fatally Shooting College Student

Posted by Seth Chazin | May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A San Francisco man has been accused of killing a college student who mistakenly tried to enter his apartment. The man allegedly shot the student after the student tried to enter his apartment, yet is being released from jail until further investigation is completed.

There is currently not enough evidence against Amisi Sude Kachepa, 68, to charge him with murder (CA Penal Code 187in the shooting that killed 26-year old Stephen Guillermo. He has been discharged from having to appear in San Francisco Superior Court pending the gathering of further evidence.

Guillermo was reportedly returning from a night out of drinking with his friends when he arrived at the apartment building in the 900 block of Mission Street in the South of Market area in San Francisco at around 1:40 a.m. Instead of getting off on the 5th floor, where he lived with his brother and sister, he got off on the third floor and headed to the apartment where Kachepa lived.

It was reported that Guillermo was shot inside Kachepa's apartment, raising the question as to whether Kachepa acted in self-defense . Allegedly, Kachepa stated that Guillermo broke the knob off his apartment door, but it is unknown if he had accidentally broken in or if he had been invited in by Kachepa.

Guillermo was a student at San Francisco State University where he was studying international business. He hoped to someday join the U.S. Foreign Service. Guillermo was known to be a gentle, quiet person, such that the idea of Guillermo breaking into another person's apartment is said to be totally out-of-character for him.

Mistakes such as what may have occurred in this situation with Guillermo potentially mistakenly entering his neighbor's apartment often lend themselves to a clear assertion of the right to self-defense and the discharge or dismissal of charges related to such a homicide .

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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