Q: Whatever happened to the suspect in the killing of a Rancho Cordova man in 1993? The victim, who went by the nickname C.C., was found by his sister dead with a gunshot to the head in his own apartment.
Michelle, Rio Linda
A: Lernard Alfonzo Temple was convicted of first-degree murder the death of 32-year-old Christopher Cottonreader in June 1993.
Cottonreader’s body was discovered in the living room of his apartment in the 10500 block of Mills Tower Drive in Rancho Cordova on June 26. Sheriff’s officials said he died of a gunshot wound to the head.
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Temple was arrested in August 1993. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, after Cottonreader’s body was found, neighbors began to recall a tall, dark man who had stuck his head out the door of Cottonreader’s apartment on June 25 to ask if they had heard a gunshot. Temple apparently raised no suspicions when he joined other neighbors who peered out their doors wondering about the source of the gunshot.
Detectives focused on Temple after learning that he owned a distinctively printed bright orange T-shirt, which the killer was thought to have been wearing. Only 11 of the shirts existed. A neighbor identified Temple as the man she saw in Cottonreader’s apartment shortly before the shooting, and investigators found several of his fingerprints inside.
Temple was sentenced in April 1995 to 25 years to life in prison. Now 47 years old, he is incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom.