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.
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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.