Man Accused of Grandmother’s Rape and Murder

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Jerome Sydney Deavila entered a Stockton courtroom with his eyes avoiding cameras, his head down, and his responses to the judge were uncooperative.

“Do you understand you have the right to be represented by a lawyer?” asked Judge Franklin Stephens.

“No,” replied Deavila

Deavila was charged with the alleged rape, murder and robbery of his grandmother, 76-year-old Rachael Russel.

He was also charged with theft of am elderly person and resisting arrest.

Despite staring at his charges on court documents and hearing them aloud when asked if understood, Deavila said no again.

Russel was murdered on Saturday.

Her son, Stephen Russel, found her body three days later, wrapped in a bag in a wheelbarrow outside her home.

“She was everything to me. She was my mother. I am the youngest,” said Russel.

Deavila’s attorney requested he be evaluated by a doctor for competency.

That will prolong the process of going to trial.

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  • Dmselkgrove

    San Joaquin County Sheriff “Steve Moore” is partly responsible for the rape and murder of this poor women. This maniac “sex offender” would still be in jail if sheriff Moore would take his responsiblity in housing parolees for parole violations. He has no problem taking the money from the state but in return releases every parolee after 1 day. There are 250 beds reserved for parolees to serve a violation up to 90 days, however the 250!beds still sit vacant. This issue was brought to the “whistle blower” on the news and nothing has changed. This women’s family should get a large settlement over this. Victim after victim and nothing will change in a county with a very high murder rate.