Frank Romano was arrested and charged with murder and attempted robbery after he allegedly shot and killed his partner during a botched robbery in November 1996.
According to stories in The Bee, Arthur Chavez Jr., 24, and Romano, then 28, had planned to rob a man who lived in a camper shell on property owned by Romano’s father in the 4900 block of Dry Creek Road. Police said Chavez and Romano had seen the 30-year-old intended victim with several hundred dollars earlier in the evening.
The intended victim told police he was jumped and hit in the head with a blunt object, possibly a gun. He fell and as he started to run away, he heard two gunshots.
Chavez was found with a gunshot wound to the head, a Halloween mask in his pocket and a knit cap pulled over his head, police said.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Romano, a recent parolee, who subsequently surrendered to authorities.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, the murder and attempted robbery charges against Romano were dismissed in January 1998.