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Matthew Hedger
07/18/2014 12:20 PM
Louis James Chiero Photo courtesy Amador County Sheriff's Office

By Matthew Hedger

mhedger@ledger-dispatch.com

Two more Upcountry residents have been arrested in connection with the July 7 stabbing death of Jacob Stover at a residence in Pioneer.

Louis James Chiero, 36, and Jessica Renee Chiero, 26, were taken into custody during a court appearance for unrelated charges July 14, after the Amador County District Attorney’s office determined both may have been involved. They are charged with being accessories to the murder after the fact and are described as residents in the house where the stabbing took place. Bail was set at $75,000 each and both were scheduled to be arraigned on the accessory charges yesterday. Details of what took place at that arraignment were not available by press time, and the latest updates can be found on ledger-dispatch.com.

Greg Michael Wilson, 40, was booked July 7 on murder charges in the death of Stover, 26, who was found lying in a driveway suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 15500 block of Pioneer Creek Road at around 2:40 a.m. the same day.

Responding sheriff’s deputies interviewed a woman at the scene they described as Stover’s 27-year-old girlfriend, who said at least four people were present when an “altercation” erupted and Stover was asked to leave. According to Wegner, the girlfriend gave a description of a car allegedly used by Wilson and another woman, Dana June Knaul, 48, described as Wilson’s girlfriend, to leave the murder scene.

As deputies began combing the area for the suspect car, they quickly located it at a residence in the 25000 block of Highway 88. Wegner said while approaching the house, deputies contacted another man, whose name was not released, leaving the premises with the suspected murder weapon in his possession. The man reportedly told the deputies Wilson had given him the knife to “dispose of.” It is unclear if this man was Louis Chiero or another individual. Knaul was also found at the residence and arrested on accessory to murder charges because she also allegedly tried to help Wilson cover up the crime, although the reasons investigators zeroed in on her have not yet been made public.

Wegner said a search of the suspected getaway car revealed blood within the passenger compartment, and the tire tread pattern was consistent with patterns found at the murder scene.

Both Wilson and Knaul initially denied any involvement in the murder or even being present when it occurred, statements that Wegner said were, “inconsistent with the physical evidence, witness statements and statements of involved parties,” but during a subsequent interview, Wilson allegedly admitted to stabbing Stover because he refused to leave the residence back on Pioneer Creek Road when asked to do so.

Wilson is expected to make his next court appearance July 24.

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