Crime, Fire + Courts

Davis killer denied parole for ninth time

By From page A1 | March 07, 2013

A man who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at a UC Davis apartment complex in 1980 was denied parole for the ninth time this week, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced.

Daniel James Wehner, 59, is serving a 27 years-to-life sentence for the March 4, 1980, murders of UCD students Robin Ann Ehlman, 20, and 25-year-old John Kevin Manville at the Castilian Apartments on Wake Forest Drive. Authorities said Wehner, formerly of San Jose, had stalked and abused Ehlman prior to the killings.

His parole was opposed by the victims’ families and Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, who delivered statements at Tuesday’s parole hearing at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Davis Police Chief Landy Black and Jon Updegraff, a former Davis police officer and DA investigator who responded to the crime scene, submitted letters in support of Wehner’s continued incarceration.

Board of Parole Hearing Commissioners John Peck and Terry Turner, who presided over the hearing, called the murders “cruel, horrific and brutal,” and agreed that Wehner would pose a continued public safety risk if he were released from prison, according to Reisig.

“It appears you are still searching for an answer as to why this happened,” Turner told Wehner at the hearing. “You don’t have enough tools to deal with any of the stressors you will face if released.”

Reisig said his office will continue to oppose Wehner’s release at his next parole hearing, which will take place in three years.

“I can’t imagine the pain these families continue to endure. It’s immeasurable,” Reisig said in a news release. “We will continue to do everything we can to support the Ehlman and Manville families. We will continue to remember and honor Robin and John. That is the very least we can do for these families and all families who have survived similar tragedies.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenKeene

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