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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.

Megan Batson December 24, 2011 at 02:14 AM
This is so sad, my heart and prayers go out to the victims family, and I hope this cop gets what is coming to him and I hope they don't favor him because he is a cop!!
Christi December 24, 2011 at 04:26 AM
The Press Enterprise says the man killed was acting as a peace maker. He wasn't even part of the argument. Great work PD for actining on the situation and not on the brotherhood. Now it is up to the system, it has been known to work too. The biggest tragedy are the lives that have been destroyed. First the family and friends of the man killed. Then the family of the cop who pulled the trigger. Then those who witnessed it all. It also leaves a horrible mark on the true hero cops who do great work at the risk of their own lives each day. And it is never worse when it comes at this time of year. Choose who you wish to bash and place ion the back burner for now and send your wishes to those who really need good thoughts right now. Smile at a cop or even give your own lived one an extra hug.
simple December 24, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Wee said
simple December 24, 2011 at 04:46 AM
*well said. Blame that on auto correct!
Wizard Without Remorse December 24, 2011 at 07:06 AM
Ditto on the "well said."
Scout December 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM
I agree on the "well said."
Anon December 24, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Hang this fool today!
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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