Q: There was a case in the foothills where a young man was thought to have killed his sister while he was the only person at home with his sister. He swore he didn’t do it, and his family stood by him. I saw he went to trial, but I never knew the outcome.
Julia, Citrus Heights
A: Isiah Fowler was found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister at his family’s Calaveras County home.
Fowler was 12 when his sister, Leila Fowler, was killed April 27, 2013. The youth told investigators that he encountered an attacker in the home. He was arrested days later.
His father and stepmother have maintained that he is innocent.
The Calaveras County district attorney argued that Fowler stabbed his sister 23 times before cleaning himself and then calling his parents about 45 minutes later regarding an intruder. The prosecutor also cited “inconsistent” statements to a 911 dispatcher.
Fowler’s attorney argued that the attack on Leila Fowler occurred while her brother was hiding in a bathroom right before the 911 call.
Fowler was sentenced in November 2015. His attorney said at the time that Fowler was to be held at a Department of Juvenile Justice facility to a maximum age of 23. He can apply for early release at age 22.