Deputy Accused in Shooting Gets New Trial Date

Former sheriff's Deputy Dayle William Long could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the Dec. 21, 2011 slaying in Murrieta of 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of French Valley.

A new trial date of Jan. 14, 2013 was set Thursday for a former Riverside County sheriff's deputy accused of gunning down a patron at a Murrieta establishment during an argument.

Dayle William Long could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the Dec. 21, 2011 slaying of 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of French Valley. Along with a first-degree murder charge, Long faces sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Long's trial was due to start Thursday; instead, a trial-readiness conference was set for Dec. 14.

Defense witness Frederic Nelms, who was present in court Thursday for a hearing, was ordered to return Jan. 14.

Long remains held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to testimony from the 42-year-old defendant's March preliminary hearing, he was drinking at Spelly's Pub and Grille at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road when a group of people playing darts invited him to join them. While they were socializing, an argument broke out between the off-duty deputy and a friend of Vanettes, witnesses said.

The exchange turned confrontational, but at no time did any of the bar patrons become physically aggressive toward the deputy, who initiated the altercation, according to witnesses.

"It was all verbal," Deputy District Attorney Dan DeLimon said at the time.

"No one ever pushed, touched or shoved Dayle Long in any way."

As the argument escalated, the 10-year law enforcement veteran allegedly pulled a compact .45 semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, striking Vanettes in the midriff and head. The victim, who had been unarmed, died at the scene.

Long surrendered without incident when Murrieta police arrived. He most recently worked as a bailiff at one of the three downtown Riverside courthouses.

TVOR October 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
This dude is going down hard!
KB October 20, 2012 at 05:30 AM
The fact that the trial is delayed is a concern; if what I'm reading is true he should be executed within a year of being found guilty.
Justice For All October 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Just remember to vote to retain the death penalty in California.
Cat Burke October 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM
To all of Sam's family and friends, We think of you often... We hope your trial moves along quickly, and Sam's murderer gets locked up - for the rest of his life! We are so very, very sorry for what happened to your precious Sam! With our deepest heartfelt sympathies, The Burkes
Mark October 21, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Well said Cathrine, I'm so sorry about what happened to Saskia. God bless you both.


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