Wearing T-shirts with the face of their murdered relative printed on them, family members of Brian McDaniel crowded into a Stockton courtroom Monday and glared at the defendants allegedly responsible for his death.
“Even though the trial is starting soon, there’s no comfort in this,” said Deanna McDaniel, the victim’s sister, after the day’s proceedings concluded. “There’s no comfort with Brian gone.”
Kevin Jackson, 23, and Molly Rachelle Wilson, 25, appeared in court together for the first time Monday for charges related to the July murder of McDaniel. The 31-year-old former Lockeford resident died from injuries he received in a shooting on the 1400 block of East Acampo Road on July 20.
Jackson and Wilson were arrested July 24 in Elk Grove after being involved in a single-vehicle accident, according to the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department.
The cases against the two will be consolidated and the trial will begin shortly, said Jackson’s attorney, Roger Flores. Wilson is being represented by Jeffrey Silvia.
Wilson had previously appeared in Stockton Superior Court for pre-trial conferences, but Jackson’s court appearances had been in Sacramento County because of an unrelated weapons charge.
Hours after the session in Stockton, some of McDaniel’s relatives gathered at the Denny’s in Galt and reflected on the man known as McD (or Mickey D’s) who was no longer with them.
“He wasn’t perfect,” said his father, Dan McDaniel. “But nobody deserves to die like that.”
McDaniel’s public Facebook page contains multiple references to the Vagos Motorcycle Club, a group the FBI has defined as an outlaw motorcycle gang.
The shooting took place on property where marijuana is cultivated, Dan McDaniel said.
Described as outgoing and “the life of the party” by his sister Deanna, Brian McDaniel, a 31-year-old father of three, was born in Modesto before residing in Lockeford for nine years. He also lived in Galt for several years.
He had been living in Idaho with his children, Dan McDaniel said, and was in town for a funeral when he was murdered.
The victim knew Wilson for several years prior to his death, he said.
Although Dan McDaniel has heard several different stories about how the shooting occurred, he said he has no doubt there are several witnesses to it who aren’t coming forward.
He lives in Idaho and plans on making the 1,200-mile commute for each hearing during the trial.
Even though he wants justice for his son’s murder, he said little comfort would come from guilty verdicts for Jackson and Wilson.
“Mickey D’s can’t be replaced,” he said. “Even if (Jackson and Wilson) get life in prison, I’ll still have to pay for them (as a taxpayer).”
Jackson faces charges of being a felon or addict in possession of a firearm, premeditated murder and other enhancements for violent crime. He’s being held on a $2.5 million bond.
Wilson is being held on a $1.2 million bond and faces charges of premeditated murder, being an accessory after the fact and being a felon or addict in possession of a firearm.
Both have pleaded not-guilty to the charges, and a two-day preliminary trial will begin Oct. 13.
Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.