Sacto911 blog logo

Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in 1989 slayings of teenage girls in south Sacramento County?

Published: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

What ever happened to the defendants Richard Singleton and Jesse Cole in the murder of Danielle Bock and Erys Singletary?

– Steven, Sacramento

Only Richard Jason Singleton was tried for the 1989 slayings of 14-year-old Erys Singletary and 17-year-old Danielle Bock.

According to stories in The Bee, Jesse Cole was arrested the same day as Singleton but was released two days later and never charged, despite evidence that he had confessed a role in the slayings to his girlfriend.

Singleton was found guilty of first-degree murder in Singletary’s stabbing death and second-degree murder in Bock’s gunshot slaying. He was given two consecutive life sentences, one calling for imprisonment without possibility of parole. Now 43 years old, he is incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom.

According to accounts in The Bee, Singleton and Cole had partied with both girls the night before their bodies were discovered alongside unpopulated streets five miles apart in the south area of Sacramento County. The prosecutor theorized that Bock was slain first, perhaps without premeditation, and that Singletary then was killed so she couldn’t bear witness against Singleton.

Bock died of multiple gunshot wounds, Singletary had been hacked and knifed to death, and both had been run over by a car.

Investigators found both murder weapons in the Singleton home, and the tires and rims on Singleton’s grandparents’ car, which was sitting in the driveway of the home they shared, were spattered with the victim’s blood, authorities said.


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

Read more articles by Cathy Locke



Connect with Sacto911

Sacto911 Archives

Note: The Sacto911 blog switched blog platforms in November 2013. All posts after the switch are found here. Older posts are available using the list below.


The Bee on Twitter

Sacramento Bee Job listing powered by Careerbuilder.com
Quick Job Search
Sacramento Bee Jobs »
Buy
Used Cars
Dealer and private-party ads
Make:

Model:

Price Range:
to
Search within:
miles of ZIP

Advanced Search | 1982 & Older

TODAY'S CIRCULARS