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Off-Duty Deputy Accused Of Killing Makes Court Appearance

The victim was trying to keep the peace when the off-duty deputy gunned him down, said John Hall, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office.

An off-duty Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputy suspected of fatally shooting a bar patron made a court appearance today -- his first since being accused of the killing.

The suspect, Dayle William Long, 42, appeared in court at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley in a red prison uniform, shackled at the ankles and his wrists cuffed to a chain around his waist.

Long is accused of killing 36-year-old Winchester resident Samuel Vanettes at on Murrieta Hot Springs Road Wednesday night.

To read more about the alleged crime, .

Long was scheduled to be arraigned today, but the hearing was postponed because the defense needed more time to go over the facts, said Jeff Zimel of the Public Defender's Office.

"There is more to this story than what I've seen in the papers," he said after the hearing.

Victim was a "peacemaker"

The victim was trying to keep the peace in the bar when Long gunned him down, said John Hall, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office.

Long and another bar patron were in a heated argument when Vanettes stepped in to break up the fight. That's when it's alleged that the off-duty deputy pulled out a handgun and shot him.

The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds on the floor of the bar, according to the sheriff's coroner.

"He came in to act as a peacemaker and ended up getting shot," Hall said.

The victim was unarmed and showing no aggressive behavior, Hall said.
Long is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court again for arraignment on Jan. 12, according to court records.

Camera shy

Long and his attorneys requested the media be barred from taking photos during the hearing, but Judge Angel Bermudez judge declined the request.

The suspect shirked several camera-toting reporters by keeping his face turned away and stepping only a few feet into the courtroom, dwelling near a wall rather than sitting in an area designated for defendants.

Roberto December 24, 2011 at 07:44 PM
He's a Sheriff Deputy and deserves a fair tral. He's not an average citizen the can be wrote off in Rail Road County.
Christi December 24, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Roberto very true. It works both ways though. The first step is investigation and proper filings. He shouldn't walk because of the badge either.
Secrets of Safety December 24, 2011 at 08:50 PM
It will be interesting to see the outcome. Too many times citizens don't get a fair trial, we sure hope he does don't we. In fact, most citizens would already be convicted and the comments here would have a field day with them. At least this guy, having shot an unarmed, non-aggressive, citizen attempting to stop the cop's involvement in an altercation is getting a fairly kind amount of comments. Too bad the citizens don't do the same for everyone who is accused. There are witnesses in this case, they are telling of a vicious tail about a man who carries a gun because he is law enforcement. Get this scum off the streets. People already fear law enforcement because of people like this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and friends.
Roberto December 25, 2011 at 12:21 AM
True, these standards should apply to all citizens but don't. No one is supposed to be above law. These standards don't apply to average citizens who are rountinely overcharged, false charges in order to show a 95 plus percent felony conviction rate. Who says the poor defended by public defenders get equal justice? This along with warehousing the mentally ill, three strikes non-violent offenders have bankrupted the system. We need room in prisons for violent offenders and cannot afford to have one deputy working while we pay for 2 retired also. The golden goose in California is dead. This is a harsh reality that those accountable along with powerful Givernment Employee Unions continue to circumvent a balanced budget.
some guy December 25, 2011 at 01:23 AM
why did he have the weapon in the bar drinking in the first place, what an IDIOT

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