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Matthew Hedger
07/07/2014 7:06 PM
Dana June Knaul

UPDATE 7:05 P.M.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office has released the booking photos of the two people arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an Upcountry man. Here is the official media release just issued by ACSO Undersheriff Jim Wegner:

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 0240 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call from a 27 year old female resident of Pioneer stating that there had been an altercation at a residence located in the 15000 block of Pioneer Creek Road in Pioneer and that her 26 year old boyfriend was bleeding.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and found the 26 year old male in the driveway deceased. The victim appeared to have sustained multiple stab wounds. The victim’s girlfriend was interviewed and provided an account of what had transpired, who was involved and a description of the vehicle used by the involved parties to flee the scene.

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies began checking the area for the described vehicle and located it at a residence in the 25000 block of Hwy 88.

While observing the residence, a subject was seen leaving and was contacted by Sheriff’s Detectives. The subject was in possession of the suspected murder weapon and stated that the suspect had given it to him for disposal.

A search of the suspect vehicle revealed blood evidence within the passenger compartment. The tire tread pattern was also consistent with tire tread patterns located at the murder scene

The suspect and his girlfriend were contacted and both denied any involvement in the murder or being present when the murder occurred. Their statements were inconsistent with the physical evidence, witness statements and statements of involved parties.

Gregory Michael Wilson, 40, of Pioneer was arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail charged with violation of Penal Code (PC) section 187, murder. Wilson’s girlfriend, Dana June Knaul, 47, of Pioneer, was arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail charged with violation of PC 32, Accessory to murder.

Wilson subsequently contacted Sheriff’s Detectives and admitted to stabbing the decedent. Wilson said he stabbed the decedent because the decedent refused to leave the property promptly after being asked to do so.

The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

This is an on-going investigation and anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Amador County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 223-6500.


A spokesperson for the Amador County Sheriff's Office said Greg Michael Wilson, 40. has been booked on a first-degree murder charge and Dana June Knaul, 48, described as his girlfriend, has been booked on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

At least four individuals have been interviewed in connection with the death that was first reported in the early morning hours on Monday. (See previous breaking news story.)

The victim has still not been identified.

This is an Amador Ledger Dispatch Breaking News Story update. Stay tuned for the latest details.


A 26-year-old man is dead this morning, the apparent victim of an overnight stabbing on Pioneer Creek Road in Pioneer, the Amador County Sheriff's Office said.

Details are still trickling in to the newsroom but a spokesperson for the ACSO said they received a call at 2:40 a.m. Monday from the 27-year-old girlfriend of the deceased about an altercation involving at least four men.

Responding officers found the victim in the driveway of the residence expired from "wounds consistent with penetration injuries," said the spokesperson.

Investigators are now in the process of locating "persons of interest." The name of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

This is an Amador Ledger Dispatch breaking news story. Stay tuned for more details as they become available and pick up a print copy of the Friday, July 11, 2017 edition for the full story.

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