Love Triangle Gone Wrong? :: Murder, Suicide in Marin County
A Marin County man has been accused of shooting to death his roommate’s lover at the waterfront campground resort where the three shared a trailer.
The Marin County District Attorney’s office has charged Ken Patrick Neville, 56, of Dillon Beach, with the murder of Stachaun Tyking Jackson, 19.
People who knew Neville and the other man, who’s 53 and whose name was not released by authorities, indicated the older two mostly kept to themselves, but described Jackson as friendly.
The Marin Independent-Journal identified the other man as Eric Wayne Gillespie. The paper said Gillespie, Neville’s roommate, committed suicide over the weekend. Citing a sheriff’s detective’s report, the paper also said that just before last Thursday’s shooting, Jackson had refused to leave the trailer when Neville and Gillespie wanted him to and had broken in "through a window."
After "one of the men called 911, Jackson allegedly threatened them," ordering them to cancel the 911 call, the paper reported. Neville said he eventually pointed a gun at Jackson, who was by then unarmed, and told him to leave, but Jackson "lunged at him," and Neville "fired his gun," the paper said. "Gillespie told investigators he did not actually see the shooting but heard the gunshot."?
In response to emailed questions about the suicide and the detective’s report Wednesday, Lieutenant Jamie Scardina, an investigator with the Marin County Sheriff’s office, said, "I still have not released the name of [Neville’s roommate] due to domestic violence laws and confidentiality reasons. I cannot comment because the death did not occur in our jurisdiction and it is not our investigation."?Scardina confirmed details from the detective’s report included in the Independent-Journal and said a knife had been found at the scene.
It was unclear where Gillespie died; officials at eight county coroner offices contacted by the Bay Area Reporter did not have his body.
In an interview last week, Scardina said that the older men, who lived in a trailer at Lawson’s Landing resort full time, reported the incident at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20.
"They said there had been a disturbance at the trailer, and somebody had been shot, and they asked for paramedics and law enforcement to respond," said Scardina.
Jackson was dead on the trailer’s deck, with a gunshot wound to his torso, when authorities arrived, said Scardina.
Both of the older men were initially detained, but only Neville was arrested Thursday, while Gillespie was released.
Scardina said the "disturbance" involved a fight, but he wouldn’t say how it had started or what had happened during the fight.
Neighbors "did not report the gunshot," but they heard "arguing," he said. The other campground residents "didn’t have the exact wording of what they heard. They had heard disputes in the past coming from that trailer, so it certainly wasn’t anything new they were hearing the night of the homicide," he said.
Asked whether Neville had confessed to the crime, Scardina said, "I’m not going to disclose at this time what his statement was," and he also wouldn’t say whether Neville had given any indication he’d shot Jackson in self-defense.
He said investigators found two revolvers belonging to Gillespie at the trailer, and they think one of them was used to kill Jackson. The DA’s complaint lists the weapon used as a .38 caliber Special Smith and Wesson revolver.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said Neville didn’t enter a plea at his court date in Marin County Superior Court Tuesday morning, and at Neville’s request, the case was continued to April 8 for further arraignment, entry of plea, and discussion of bail.
Neville is in custody on a "no bail" hold, meaning he can’t bail out, said Borden.
The public defenders who Borden said are involved with the case didn’t respond to interview requests Tuesday.
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