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Man accused of murder pleads not guilty


Maggie Beck / Union Democrat In handcuffs and ankle shackles, wearing a red jumper issued to him by the Tuolumne County Jail, Elton Redick was arraigned in court Monday afternoon.

A Big Oak Flat man accused of murdering his neighbor with a firearm pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges and special allegations Monday afternoon at the Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Elton Quintin Redick, 42, shuffled into the courtroom Monday afternoon with two Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies dedicated specifically to monitoring him, positioned at his front and back. Redick wore red Tuolumne County Jail fatigues, distinctive from the white and black striped uniforms worn by other Tuolumne County Jail inmates, and stared at the floor as he was led into a holding area along the back wall.

He had multiple tattoos snaking around and up his arms, and with each step, the chains around his wrists clinked softly with a rattle.

Redick had been present in court via a jail video system for multiple arraignment hearings that had been held previously.

On Monday, Redick’s defense attorney Scott Gross indicated that he would be pleading not guilty on the charge of first degree premeditated murder and a special allegation enhancement for the use of a firearm in the commission of the murder; and the charge of kidnapping a victim and another special allegation enhancement for the use of a firearm in the commission of that crime.

Each of the special allegation enhancements adds a potential additional term of 25 years to life if Redick is convicted.

District Attorney Laura Krieg said Redick’s total exposure, if convicted, would be 68 years to life in prison.

Krieg estimated that an upcoming preliminary hearing would take up to two hours, and Gross responded that he would probably require an equal amount of time.

Judge Donald Segerstrom set a preliminary hearing date for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in Department 2, and a pre-preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in Department 2.

Redick was arrested on Sept. 26 outside the Claim Jumper Outpost in Big Oak Flat, just one day after the body of a man riddled with gunshot wounds had been discovered at a Black Road property less than a quarter mile away.

On Monday, Sept. 25, dozens of Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, administrators and a crime scene technician were at the Black Road property, which had been cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Deputies had responded to the site that morning on a report of a shooting, and discovered victim Marc John DeJong, 48, of Big Oak Flat, dead at his home from multiple gunshot wounds.

A firearm was found near the scene by investigating deputies, and throughout the foliage strewn and densely wooded property, a wooden outbuilding, several disabled vehicles, containers, bikes, a ladder, planks of wood and scattered rubbish all laid around, unused.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office had issued an alert for Redick, who was then known to use an alias, Christopher Reed.

Redick was seen walking on Highway 120 by a passing deputy, and had attempted to hide at the Claim Jumper Outpost before he was captured.

Throughout the brief arraignment hearing, the two deputies stood closely behind Redick, who sat near next to Gross and said very little.

A group of about a half dozen people left court following Redick’s arraignment and could be seen in the waiting area for Department 1 speaking with a representative for victim’s services. Some of the group had been seen outside of the courthouse before Redick’s arrival, and had yelled at him as he entered into the building.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

A Big Oak Flat man accused of murdering his neighbor with a firearm pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges and special allegations Monday afternoon at the Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Elton Quintin Redick, 42, shuffled into the courtroom Monday afternoon with two Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies dedicated specifically to monitoring him, positioned at his front and back. Redick wore red Tuolumne County Jail fatigues, distinctive from the white and black striped uniforms worn by other Tuolumne County Jail inmates, and stared at the floor as he was led into a holding area along the back wall.

He had multiple tattoos snaking around and up his arms, and with each step, the chains around his wrists clinked softly with a rattle.

Redick had been present in court via a jail video system for multiple arraignment hearings that had been held previously.

On Monday, Redick’s defense attorney Scott Gross indicated that he would be pleading not guilty on the charge of first degree premeditated murder and a special allegation enhancement for the use of a firearm in the commission of the murder; and the charge of kidnapping a victim and another special allegation enhancement for the use of a firearm in the commission of that crime.

Each of the special allegation enhancements adds a potential additional term of 25 years to life if Redick is convicted.

District Attorney Laura Krieg said Redick’s total exposure, if convicted, would be 68 years to life in prison.

Krieg estimated that an upcoming preliminary hearing would take up to two hours, and Gross responded that he would probably require an equal amount of time.

Judge Donald Segerstrom set a preliminary hearing date for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in Department 2, and a pre-preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in Department 2.

Redick was arrested on Sept. 26 outside the Claim Jumper Outpost in Big Oak Flat, just one day after the body of a man riddled with gunshot wounds had been discovered at a Black Road property less than a quarter mile away.

On Monday, Sept. 25, dozens of Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, administrators and a crime scene technician were at the Black Road property, which had been cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Deputies had responded to the site that morning on a report of a shooting, and discovered victim Marc John DeJong, 48, of Big Oak Flat, dead at his home from multiple gunshot wounds.

A firearm was found near the scene by investigating deputies, and throughout the foliage strewn and densely wooded property, a wooden outbuilding, several disabled vehicles, containers, bikes, a ladder, planks of wood and scattered rubbish all laid around, unused.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office had issued an alert for Redick, who was then known to use an alias, Christopher Reed.

Redick was seen walking on Highway 120 by a passing deputy, and had attempted to hide at the Claim Jumper Outpost before he was captured.

Throughout the brief arraignment hearing, the two deputies stood closely behind Redick, who sat near next to Gross and said very little.

A group of about a half dozen people left court following Redick’s arraignment and could be seen in the waiting area for Department 1 speaking with a representative for victim’s services. Some of the group had been seen outside of the courthouse before Redick’s arrival, and had yelled at him as he entered into the building.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.