Thursday, January 29, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

U.S. Marshals join hunt for slaying suspect

By
From page A1 | November 21, 2013 |

PosterW

Say goodbye

What: Memorial service for Leslie Renne Pinkston

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

Where: St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main St., Winters

Memorial fund: Has been established in her name at First Northern Bank in Winters

The search for a suspected killer gained national status Wednesday with the addition of the U.S. Marshals Service to the hunt for William Carl Gardner III, Winters Police Chief Sergio Gutierrez announced.

Gardner, a 30-year-old Sacramento resident, is wanted on a murder warrant stemming from Monday’s brazen daylight shooting of his former girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, outside her downtown Winters workplace. She was due to testify against Gardner in a stalking and criminal threats trial next month.

“We are working diligently through every hour and opportunity we have to locate him,” Gutierrez said in an interview Wednesday. “We still consider him armed and dangerous, and a threat to the community.”

Other police and sheriff’s departments in the region are assisting with the homicide investigation, and having the Marshals Service on board is expected to give the search for Gardner a nationwide reach — and possible international exposure as well — as public alerts are issued and fliers with his photo and description are posted in high-traffic locations such as airports, Gutierrez said.

A “wanted” poster issued by the federal agency instructs anyone with information about Gardner’s whereabouts to call the Winters Police Department at 530-795-4561 or the Marshals Service headquarters at 877-926-8332.

Gardner — who also goes by the alias Malik Mahammad — is described as an African-American male, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees the suspect should report him immediately and avoid confronting him on their own, Gutierrez said.

Pinkston, a 32-year-old Winters High School graduate and mother of a young daughter, died of a gunshot wound to the head she suffered during the 9:30 a.m. shooting, which occurred as she sat in her parked vehicle on Railroad Avenue. The alleged murder weapon has been described only as a handgun.

Witnesses reported seeing the gunman — believed to be Gardner — flee the area in a tan van that had been parked across the street from the shooting scene. It was unclear whether an accomplice was involved, and Gutierrez said he didn’t have any information to offer on that possibility.

The chief also was mum about a house in north Sacramento that police searched Monday night, only to come up empty-handed. A resident there later told a Sacramento news station that Gardner had arrived at the house at about noon Monday and offered to sell or trade his car, but Gutierrez said he couldn’t confirm any reported sightings.

Court records reviewed by The Enterprise this week showed that Gardner — who also had a recent domestic-violence conviction in Sacramento County, in addition to the Yolo County stalking case — was able to repeatedly post bail despite a history of missing court dates and violating the terms of his probation. A yearlong county jail sentence handed down in May resulted in little, if any, actual incarceration, records show.

More recently, Gardner had been in custody at the Yolo County Jail from Oct. 22, when he was remanded in Yolo Superior Court on a Sacramento County violation-of-probation warrant, until his release Friday evening, three days before the fatal shooting.

Gutierrez said it’s uncertain whether California’s prison realignment program, in which certain convicted felons serve their sentences in county jail rather than state prison, sometimes resulting in the early release of other inmates deemed lower-risk, played any role in Gardner’s custody status at the time of the shooting.

But while he wasn’t prepared to connect realignment to the Pinkston slaying on Wednesday, “I would say there are some definite concerns about the level of protections that realignment has,” Gutierrez said.

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

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Work continues to modernize Davis Healthcare Center

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    Holman continues to educate and inspire

    By Daniella Tutino | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    ‘Huck’ and ‘Tom’ float old Arboretum dock to removal

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Teens arrested after midnight joyride

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Meet the mayor for coffee at Peet’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Author joins radio show

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Make your own SoulCollage on Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Overweight video game avatars ‘play’ worse than fit ones

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Walk through Quail Ridge Reserve on Feb. 14

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Calling all chicken owners: Apply for coop crawl, share information

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Hopmans named associate vice provost for global affairs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Review motivation to refresh your healthy-habits plan

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Tips to protect skin this winter

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    For health and healthy appearance, there’s just one quick fix

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Measles outbreak grows

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A9

     
    NAMI-Yolo examines inpatient services at potluck

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Forum

    Basement living, with attitude to match

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    50 years since Ash Hall

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Can climate change bring us together?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino coming to a vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Aggies still looking for record hoops win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Blue Devil Hammond has a huge day at home

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Pent up? Join Davis’ latest athletic event

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Two in a row for Devil boys

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggie football players crack the books

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    Youth roundup: Harper hoopsters off to hot start

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Treys send Toronto past Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

     
    College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: A8

    District learns from bomb threat incident

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: A8

     
    It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Feenstra-Fisher wedding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    Show explores the evolution of dance

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    A rose by any other name — if there is one

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A11

     
    Acclaimed guitarist Adrian Legg to play at The Palms on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    James George Tingus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, January 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6