- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former San Francisco public defender was found stabbed to death Friday at her home, and authorities said they were questioning a man found covered in blood inside her property.

Marla Zamora served as the principal trial attorney for the San Francisco public defender’s office before retiring in 2007 and going into private practice.

Neighbors told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1T3sa8C ) they were stunned to learn of her death.

“I don’t remember a single incident of violent crime on the block ever,” said Richard Shapiro, who said he has lived in the San Francisco neighborhood of Potrero Hill since the 1970s.

Investigators did not immediately release any further details on the slaying.

Among Zamora’s highest profile cases was the 2012 killings of a San Francisco father and two of his sons. Zamora defended gang member Edwin Ramos, who was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths.

The case drew national attention after it was revealed that Ramos had never been turned over for deportation despite previous run-ins with the law as a juvenile under San Francisco’s sanctuary policy for unauthorized immigrants.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi expressed shock at her death.

“Marla was really a guardian angel,” he told the newspaper. “She is someone who epitomized what a public defender should aspire towards. She was just a tremendously caring, compassionate person.”

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