Man Accused of Murder Shot in Courtroom By Accountant
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The father of a slain teen-ager pulled a gun and opened fire during a pretrial hearing Thursday, wounding the man charged with killing his daughter, police said.
Jack Spiegelman, 47, smuggled the gun into the courtroom in a book with a hollowed-out compartment, said police Inspector Manuel Barretta. He said he did not know if the book passed through courtroom metal detectors.
Spiegelman, an accountant, was booked on suspicion of assault with intent to commit murder and carrying a concealed firearm. No bail had been set, Barretta said.
Daniel David Morgan, 39, was shot three times in the arm, and a fourth bullet grazed his head, said San Francisco Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ray Towbis.
Morgan was undergoing surgery Thursday night at San Francisco General Hospital, authorities said.
He is charged with murder in the 1983 death of 17-year-old Sarah Spiegelman.
Spiegelman was watching the proceedings in the nearly empty courtroom of Superior Court Judge William D. Stein when he suddenly stood up, pulled a gun from his pocket and began firing, police said.
He then dropped the pistol and surrendered, said San Francisco Police Inspector Jeff Brosch, who was testifying at the hearing.
Miss Spiegelman and a companion, Dwion Gates, were shot while sitting behind the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Gates survived, but was paralyzed.
Officials have said they believed the shooting was racially motivated because Miss Spiegelman was white and Gates is black.
A San Francisco judge ruled in July 1983 that Morgan was mentally incompetent to stand trial for Miss Spiegelman’s killing. Morgan was admitted to Atascadero State Hospital for the criminally insane.
A year later, he was ordered returned to San Francisco County for prosecution.