Arnold man charged in slaying

archive_import /

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Arlin Dale Crawford of Arnold was charged in court yesterday with shooting and killing an Avery man.

But no murder charges were filed against his roommate, Carol Lou Stites, who was released.

Both Crawford and Stites were arrested last week in connection with the death of Bradford Lavelle Davis, 52, whose body was found near White Pines Lake on July 6.

Calaveras County District Attorney Jeff Tuttle said the investigation has not turned up enough evidence to warrant charges against Stites. He said it is "unlikely" future charges will be filed.

Criminal complaints against Crawford and Stites, who both live in the Mill Woods subdivision, were read at separate arraignments yesterday in Calaveras County Superior Court.

Crawford, 39, did not enter a plea yesterday to charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, cultivating marijuana and possessing a controlled substance.

Stites, 44 a Calaveras County Mental Health Services nurse was released on her own recognizance and faces two drug-possession charges, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Crawford appeared calm and alert throughout his hearing. He wore shackles and a red prison jumpsuit.

Calaveras County Judge Douglas Mewhinney continued Crawford's arraignment until 1:30 p.m. Monday and set his bail at $1.5 million. He remains in the county jail.

After the hearing, sheriff's Capt. Ron McFall said the investigation has turned up a possible motive for the murder: Crawford might have believed Davis assaulted a mutual friend.

Stites was arrested the same day as Crawford and was booked at the Calaveras County Jail. But she was transferred to the Tuolumne County Jail over the weekend "for her own safety," because of her position as a mental-health nurse, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said.

11507185
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday May 26, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire

05/20/2016

Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more

Avalon Care Center fined for patient death

05/24/2016

Avalon Care Center in Sonora has been fined $80,000 by the California ... more

Deputies visit schools, build community ties

05/24/2016

You would think Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Yorston was Santa Claus ... more

UPDATE: Probe begins in Don Pedro fire

05/25/2016

Investigators began sifting through the rubble of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency ... more

High Sierra passes closed again

05/20/2016

Days after authorities opened Ebbetts Pass, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass for ... more