WOODLAND, Calif. (KTXL) — A Yolo County jury handed down guilty verdicts to Chandale Shannon, 25, of Winters and Jesus Campos, 22, of Woodland for the disappearance and murder of Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore in 2016, bringing to a close the trial of the last two of the four defendants implicated in the crimes.
Both men were found guilty of multiple counts of murder, along with kidnapping and special circumstances, according to the Yolo County District Attorney.
Campos and Shannon are two of the four men that were involved in the disappearance and murders of Rios and Moore that took place between October 2016 and November 2016.
The other two men were brothers David and Jonathan Froste. David was convicted and sentenced in 2018 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His brother Jonathan cooperated with authorities during the investigation and will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
“Getting a conviction without a body is incredibly difficult,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig.
Reisig said this case was the largest investigation he has ever seen in the county. Despite having no bodies, Reisig said they were still able to prove all of this when Jonathan Froste turned on his brother and the other killers.
“It boggles the mind, the two young boys were murdered over something so trivial,” Reisig said.
A marijuana robbery leads to murder
Campos, Shannon, and the Froste brothers were all arrested in June 2018 following an investigation that involved the FBI, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.
The investigation found that then 16-year-old Moore robbed David Froste, Shannon and Campos of 3 ounces of marijuana in October 2016. David Froste then contacted his brother and the other defendants and planned on getting revenge.
The four defendants eventually went after Enrique Rios first, who was a friend of Moore’s. Rios was also 16 years old at the time. David Froste shot and killed Rios, according to the District Attorney.
On November 4, 2016, Campos and the Froste brothers saw Moore leaving a barbershop near Main Street in Woodland and forced him into the trunk of a vehicle.
Shannon was then picked up by the group and they all traveled back to Knights Landing.
Moore was forced out of the vehicle at gunpoint by Shannon and was forced to the ground with his hands zip-tied behind his back, according to the District Attorney.
Moore was then marched to a secluded area and was held while David Froste and Campos left to go get shovels, a pickaxe, gasoline and bleach.
According to the District Attorney, the Froste brothers, Shannon and Campos took turns striking Moore in the head, at times with a branch, before David Froste dropped a large log on Moore’s head, crushing his skull.
Moore’s body was then lit on fire, had bleach poured on it, and was placed in a hole dug by the four men. After burying Moore’s body, the four defendants burned their own blood-stained clothes and disposed of their tools in the Sacramento River near the Knight’s Landing drawbridge.
An investigation by multiple agencies
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and the Woodland Police Department began an investigation into the disappearance of Rios and Moore that culminated with charges against the four defendants.
Despite the investigation by multiple agencies and the conviction of all four defendants, the bodies of Rios and Moore were never recovered.
“We thank all those who assisted in bringing a measure of justice to the families of Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore,” District Attorney Jeff Reisig said in a news release. “On behalf of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, we recognize the despair of the families that we still haven’t located the bodies. We join with both families in continuing to hold out hope that one day their sons’ bodies will be located.“
On May 11, 2022, Shannon was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Rios and Moore, along with a charge of kidnapping. He also was convicted of special circumstances of multiple murders and kidnapping during the course of a murder.
Campos was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Rios, first-degree murder for the death of Moore, as well as kidnapping and special circumstances of multiple murders and kidnapping during the course of a murder.
Both men face the possibility of life sentences without the possibility of parole.
“A lot of people say, ‘You’re getting closure,'” Lola Rios Gutierrez said. “I always think, ‘No, I’m never going to have closure.'”
Rios Gutierrez is hopeful the boys’ bodies will one day be recovered. She hopes to give her son, Enrique Rios, a proper burial one day.
“I want to know where they are at already. It’s time to bring them home,” Rios Gutierrez said.
“That is heartbreaking for the families. Yes, the killers have been convicted of first-degree murder; they will spend the rest of their life in prison. We would really like to know where these young men are,” Reisig said.