Testimony begins in Winters murder trial
William Carl Gardner III is accompanied by bailiffs as he leaves the Yolo County Courthouse for a lunch break Thursday as his homicide trial gets underway. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise
WOODLAND — Hours after he allegedly brought fear and violence to the tranquil streets of Winters, William Carl Gardner III strolled into a Sacramento pawn shop where he'd become a regular customer.
"He wanted me to change his (on-file) address — he said he was going to be away for some time," shop owner Kevin Pratt testified Thursday in Yolo Superior Court. "Possibly years," he said Gardner told him.
Having met Gardner's then-girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, a year or so before, Pratt suggested that she come in to handle Gardner's pawned items during his extended absence. Continue Reading