Q: In July 2012, a man named Wesley was killed in the 600 block of El Camino Avenue, but his body was found in an alley by the library in North Sacramento. An arrest was made. Where is the suspect?
Bee Reader, Sacramento
A: Winzer Deandre Hayden was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Wesley Wheeler.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Wheeler’s body was found just before 2 a.m. July 10, 2012, in an alley near the 2100 block of Del Paso Boulevard. Witnesses told police that several people had fled into a nearby residence, a triplex on El Camino Avenue. SWAT officers surrounded the building and called over a loudspeaker for those inside to come out. Several people left the residence throughout the morning, but the suspected shooter was not found.
Two days later, police booked Winzer Hayden into the Sacramento County Jail on an unrelated charge, and while he was in custody, investigators discovered his involvement in the Wheeler homicide. Authorities said Hayden shot Wheeler in the back following an argument between Wheeler and Hayden’s cousin.
Hayden, now 31, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison and is in Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.