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No parole for killer of 18-year-old in 1978

Published: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 - 9:41 am

A man convicted of a 1978 murder near Davis will remain in prison for at least three more years.

Charles McNeill was denied parole Wednesday by a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. It was McNeill's 13th parole hearing.

McNeill was convicted of murdering 18-year-old Charles Muller, who was shot in the forehead.

In early 1979, following a jury trial, a Yolo County judge sentenced McNeill to 17 years to life in prison. At Wednesday's hearing, commissioners concluded that McNeill would still pose a risk to public safety if he were released from prison.

Kenneth Muller, the victim's brother and a Davis resident, spoke on behalf of the Muller family opposing McNeill's release. Supervising Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton represented the District Attorney's Office at the hearing. Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and District Attorney Jeff Reisig wrote letters opposing McNeill's release.

McNeill will be eligible for parole again in three years.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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