Two Lodi teens arrested in connection with Sunday double homicide
By Layla Bohm/News-Sentinel Staff Writer
March 11, 2003
Two Lodi teenagers were arrested Monday on suspicion of murder in connection with a weekend double homicide.
Christopher Howard Jones, 18, and Joel Angel Magana, 19, both of Lodi, were taken into custody Sunday evening and then arrested at 3:30 a.m. Monday, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nellie Stone said. They are being held in connection with the shooting death of a Lodi couple found dead Sunday in the living room of their East Morse Road home. A neighbor found Kevin Leroy Dahnke, 23, and his wife, Sabrina Guadalupe Dahnke, 24, around 10:45 a.m. Sunday, and detectives soon began developing leads, Stone said.
Both men face two counts of murder and one count each of robbery and conspiracy, Stone said, and detectives do not currently have additional suspects. "We do believe that the responsible (parties) are in custody now," Stone said Monday. The suspects are being held without bail in the county jail in French Camp and will be arraigned in Lodi court Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records.
Sheriff's detectives have not released a motive in the weekend's double slaying, though they have not ruled out or confirmed it to be a drug-related incident, Stone said. The victims appeared to be involved in a struggle before they died, and neighbors reported hearing several gunshots shortly before midnight Saturday. A weapon was found in the home, Stone said, but it was put away and it was not a part of the crime scene.
Kevin Dahnke was a registered narcotics offender and had run-ins with law enforcement in Galt in 1998, but an acquaintance discounted rumors that he may have been selling drugs. "Kevin was in high school and he was 18, and Galt High was raided. There were tons of kids who got in trouble," said a woman who did not want her name published out of fear of retaliation. She described Kevin Dahnke as a "jokester" and a "funny guy," and said that his wife meant everything to him, and Brianna Ruonavaara, who had been friends with him for years, echoed the sentiments.
"He met Sabrina, and his life totally changed," Ruonavaara said, remembering when the couple first met several years ago in Galt. Sabrina Dahnke, a Farmers and Merchants Bank employee in Lodi, had no criminal history, and co-workers were stunned to hear of her death. "The employees that had worked with Sabrina are very upset, and they're having a hard time dealing with it," Keith Land, a bank employee and city council member, said Monday afternoon.
Ruonavaara's voice broke several times as she recalled Kevin Dahnke, who acted as a protective older brother, practiced martial arts for tournaments and doted on his wife.
Edited by - Kungfoolss on March 11 2003 23:13:22