A witness testified Thursday that he saw a murder suspect run after a former Lockeford resident and shoot him three or four times in the back.
Acampo resident David Gaueut identified murder suspect Kevin Jackson, 23, as the person who shot 31-year-old fomer Lockeford resident Brian McDaniel on July 20.
Gaueut, a beekeeper who lives at the residence on the 1400 block of East Acampo Road where McDaniel was shot, began his account of what he saw that day by detailing when he returned home from a funeral on the morning of July 20.
Gaueut said that between 4 and 5 p.m., Jackson and fellow defendent Molly Rachelle Wilson, 25, arrived in a green Thunderbird at his residence.
A few minutes later, he said, McDaniel arrived on a motorcycle with another individual, also riding a motorcycle.
Gaueut said McDaniel and Jackson went over near the beehives that Gaueut maintains on his property, and though he could hear them talking, he could not see them.
Gaueut said he then went into his house, though he stated he could not remember why.
He said roughly a minute passed before he heard the first gunshot.
Looking out his window, Gaueut said roughly 50 feet ahead of him he saw McDaniel run out from near the beehives, and about 15 to 20 feet behind McDaniel was Jackson with a gun.
Gaueut said he heard Jackson fire three or four more shots at McDaniel’s back before McDaniel disappeared around a corner of Gaueut’s house.
“I did not see anything more after that,” he said. “I went into my room and hid because I was so scared.”
Gaueut said he waited in his room a few minutes before he heard cars start and a motorcycle rumble.
Gaueut and a friend, who Gaueut said had been working on his truck out back behind the house at the time of the shooting, left the property and did not return until 11 p.m. that night.
Gaueut said when he returned, he was initially told by police that he could not go home because it was a crime scene.
He came forward a day and a half later to report to authorities what he had witnessed, he said.
Gaueut said that when he was first interviewed by San Joaquin County sheriffs, he lied because he was afraid.
“I know that I lied, but I have straightened myself out,” he said.
Gaueut was the first witness to testify in the preliminary hearings that began Thursday at the Stockton courthouse for murder suspects Jackson and Wilson.
The defendents have been charged as allegedly being responsible for McDaniel’s death.
Both were arrested July 24 in Elk Grove after being involved in a single-vehicle accident, according to the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department.
The preliminary hearing for the defendents continues today as well as next Thursday and Friday.
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