SAN FRANCISCO—Homicide charges have been dropped against a teenager accused of lethally stabbing 14-year-old Rashawn Williams in the Mission District last September.
The decision was made by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office after surveillance footage showed the stabbing was carried out by a different male at the scene of Williams’ killing.
According to a San Francisco Police report, Williams was fatally knifed at approximately 6:50 p.m. on September 2, 2014 at Rubin’s Market, located at the crossing of Folsom and 25th Streets.
The juvenile was released from juvenile hall, where he had been held in spite of the footage possessed by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco Police Department.
If convicted, the juvenile could have received a life sentence behind bars.
The identity of the freed adolescent, as well as the new suspect has not yet been released to the public.
Anyone with knowledge of the stabbing is urged to contact the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.