Yolo County DA "confident" in murder charges against Winters man

District Attorney Jeff Reisig said the charges against Chandale Shannon are “righteous”

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lengthy jailhouse interview with a reporter last month, Shannon asserted he was a mere witness who did not call police after an associate allegedly killed teenagers Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore. The Davis Enterprise, a sister-publication of the Express, said Shannon claimed the killings were the result of a drug transaction gone bad and that he only witnessed one of the killings. After the first killing, Shannon said he was threatened by the alleged assailant, David Froste, who told him not to call police. Shannon told the Enterprise he eventually did confess what he knew to police after Froste was arrested on unrelated drug charges. “I’m not a murderer,” Shannon said. The District Attorney disagreed, filing two counts of murder with special circumstances against Shannon in June — charges Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig says he feels his office can prove. “We feel like the charges that you’ve seen are righteous,” Reisig told the Express two weeks ago during an interview for an upcoming profile. Reisig said the decision to charge Shannon with murder was made based on a “careful consideration of the facts presented to us, the police report, the taped statements, the video statements.” When asked if his office was “stacking” charges — a process in which prosecutors charge several counts based on the same alleged illegal conduct — in order to compel Shannon to cooperate with investigators or take a plea deal, Reisig said no. “We make charging decisions based on the national standard and our ethical obligation to only charge offenses that we believe we can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt based on what police have presented to us,” Reisig said. “We made that decision based on what we had. There’s no stacking. What I’d say is, watch and see what happens at the preliminary hearing over the next few days.” Reisig said he was ethically constrained from offering more information about the case because it was ongoing, but said he had been involved in the investigation from early on. He acknowledged that some aspects of the case may change as it continues its way through the court system, noting that the investigation was very “complex” and pointing out that investigators still had not recovered the bodies of the teens. “The system is designed to allow the truth to come out through an adversarial process,” Reisig said. “Things change. Witnesses change their stories. New witnesses come forward. Facts that you thought were solid sometimes don’t look so solid when you get halfway through the case. We make our decision at the time of charging based on the best evidence that we have.” On July 13, a judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for Shannon, Froste and a third man, Froste’s brother Jonathan Froste, to stand trial in the case. All three are due back in court later this month and have entered a plea of not guilty. A fourth man, Jesus Campos, is currently being tried as an adult in the case. Shannon’s attorney, Bob Spangler, could not be reached for comment.]]>

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