Sacramento police say a man found dead in a midtown apartment early Monday was held against his will, tortured, then fatally shot when he tried to escape.
Late that night, police arrested Jeremy Daniel McMahon, 31, on suspicion of murder in connection with the 3a.m. shooting of Eric Solen Jackson, 22, on 17th Street, said police Officer Michele Gigante. McMahon also faces charges of torture with intent to cause cruel and extreme pain, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officers also arrested McMahon’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Michele Kiyomi Okumura. She is accused of torture and false imprisonment, Gigante said.
The District Attorney’s Office will decide whether Okumura also will face a murder charge, Gigante said. Okumura and McMahon are to be arraigned today.
Police declined to release further information about the alleged torture, saying only that Jackson had been “assaulted” before the shooting. Gigante said detectives believe the victim arrived at Okumura’s 17th Street apartment, north of O Street, during the weekend.
Gigante said Okumura and Jackson had a “business relationship that had gone sour and that Okumura told her boyfriend about the disagreement.
McMahon was at the apartment with Okumura when Jackson showed up, Gigante said, and the pair allegedly held Jackson against his will. When he tried to escape, McMahon allegedly fired on him, striking him once.
Residents in the area called police to report a loud disturbance. Officers arrived to find the victim fatally wounded and detained McMahon and Okumura at the scene. Officers formally arrested them late Monday .
Sacramento Superior Court online records show McMahon pleaded no contest in 2000 to robbery and receiving stolen property. In 2001, he was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison after pleading no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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