Authorities believe Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado failed in one attempt and succeeded with their second in killing Calvin Sneed, a known Compton gang member.
Attorneys for the San Francisco couple are calling it "every parent's nightmare."
Barry Laprell Gilton and Lupe Mercado watched, dismayed and helpless, as their 17-year-old daughter was lured away from home by a known Compton gang member, who wound up as her pimp.
The couple tried to persuade the teenager to break ties with 22-year-old Calvin Sneed. They sought help from law enforcement — to no avail — and later added the girl to several missing and exploited children registries, according to their lawyers. And that, their lawyers said, was where they left it. Prosecutors contend they did far more.
In a criminal complaint that has stunned the couple's friends and relatives, the San Francisco district attorney's office said Gilton and Mercado plotted to kill Sneed. One attempt on the night of May 27, along