District Attorney Jan Scully announced that after defendant Darrell DeWitt waived his right to a jury, the Honorable Marjorie Koller found DeWitt guilty of murdering his father Darrell DeWitt Sr. Judge Koller also found that the murder was premeditated and deliberated.
Mr. Dewitt Sr. was living with the then 19-year-old defendant and another son in an apartment located in Old Town Elk Grove. On the morning of September 19, 2011, the father and son argued and the defendant was told he would have to move out. After having the other brother leave the apartment, the defendant proceeded to brutally attack his father with a double-bladed ‘battle’ axe while he was seated and resting in his bedroom. The defendant then went about his business and partied inside the apartment for 30 hours before admitting to his brother the next evening that he had killed his father.
When law enforcement was called, the defendant stabbed himself multiple times upon realizing that officers had arrived. The Elk Grove Police Department and Elk Grove Police Detective Mark Bearor worked tirelessly to investigate the case as expeditiously as possible.
Darrell DeWitt faces a possible maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for November 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 16 of the Sacramento Superior Court.