SF Superior Court

‘Not guilty’ plea in broad-daylight murder on Tenderloin sidewalk

A man appeared in San Francisco Superior Court this morning accused of shooting and killing a city resident in the Tenderloin neighborhood last month.  

Randall Evans, 43, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of murder and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He denied an allegation of intentional discharge of a firearm.  

He is accused of murdering Justin Smith, 31, who was shot to death in the street at the junction of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street in the early evening of July 21 2023.  

Shocked commuters flagged down SFPD officers who rendered aid to the victim who was ultimately declared dead at the scene.  

The intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street
Victim: 31 year old Justin Smith

Judge Victor Hwang ordered that Evans be detained without bail, noting that there was also a ‘no bail’ warrant from another jurisdiction.

Evans’ previous record includes a 2000 state conviction for second degree robbery, and a 2004 federal conviction for firearm possession followed by a 2005 federal conviction for escaping from custody.  

In both 2010 and 2012 he was arrested for reckless driving and evading the police, both times causing property damage, the second time injuring two people.  

Judge Hwang ordered the parties to return to Department 10 on September 8 to set a preliminary hearing date.

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