STOCKTON -- The mother of a 19-year-old girl who was shot to death in a 2014 triple homicide in Stockton is preparing to face her daughter's accused killer in court, after he was arrested early Monday for the second time in a year.
Stockton Police arrested 23-year-old Dazjohn Dao early Monday morning, almost two years to the day of the triple homicide, after arriving at a residence on Kimball Hill Circle in Stockton for a disturbance call. They said Dao was arrested on a homicide warrant.
"It's been so difficult. Especially when I come across her friends that are her age and went on with their lives and dreams and goals and here, hers is all gone away. I mean, she would never ... it's just sad. It's so sad," Roshan Jones said.
Jones' daughter Carlitha Villalobos was killed in a hail of gunfire as she sat in her car in a parking lot on West and March Lanes in Stockton on October 12, 2014. Also in the car were her acquaintances Dallas Bidwell, Joshua Acquino, and her boyfriend, Charles Richardson. Richardson was the sole survivor in the shooting.
Police confirmed Richardson was recently arrested in connection with a separate shooting. Jones said that shooting occurred only 4 miles away and just 3 hours before the triple homicide.
"I'm just grateful that he's arrested now and pray that justice will be served," Jones said.
But Jones prayers for justice have gone unanswered before. Dao was arrested for the triple homicide the first time in November of 2015 after Stockton police received an anonymous tip from the crime stoppers tip line. Jones prepared to face him in court at the time, but said the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office instead pulled her into a different room at the courthouse and told her that the murder charges against Dao were being dropped until police conducted a more extensive investigation. Dao was held on separate charges until he bailed out days later.
"I mean, I do have faith in the justice system, but it seems like it's not working for me, you know? You know, it failed me once before, a year ago and I'm just praying that it doesn't fail me this time," Jones said.
Jones said she had been re-assured that this time, there is enough evidence to keep Dao behind bars.
Dao is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday October 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Jones and her family plan to go to that court appearance. She said it was a day they had been waiting on for a year, but still, they didn't know what it would mean to them to see Dao in custody.
"I don't know. I don't know. It's not gonna bring her back. She's gone. But maybe he won't be able to do this to no other families. He destroyed three families," Jones said.
The victims families are holding a memorial ceremony for Villalobos, Bidwell and Acquino Wednesday October 12 after 6 p.m. in the McDonald's parking lot on West Lane and March Lane in Stockton. The public is welcome to attend.