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Matthew Hedger
07/10/2014 12:09 PM

An Upcountry man is dead and another is in jail facing murder charges following an early morning fight in Pioneer July 7.

Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said Greg Michael Wilson, 40, has been booked on murder charges in the death of Jacob Stover, 26, who was found lying in a driveway suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 15000 block of Pioneer Creek Road at around 2:40 a.m. Monday.

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.” Knaul was also found at the residence and arrested on accessory to murder charges because she allegedly tried to help Wilson cover up the crime.

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.

A check of the Sheriff’s arrest log for July 7 shows a 27-year-old woman was also arrested at the scene on alcohol and disorderly conduct charges, but was released a few hours later. The Amador Ledger Dispatch is not reporting her name because she has not been charged with a crime.

All of the individuals involved are described as residing in Pine Grove or Pioneer.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the ACSO, at 223-6500.

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