Locals are rallying for 60-year-old Robin Duane Boyer online, after he was arrested Friday for the 2013 shooting death of a 25-year-old on his property.
Neighbors driving by Boyer's home on Dianne Drive in Turlock yelled,"let him go!" to FOX40 cameras.
A fundraising campaign for Boyer on Rally.org asks for donations of up to $20,000 to pay for the family's legal fees. A statement on that website claims Boyer acted in self defense after finding Brandon Pacheco trespassing and attempting to steal from his property.
Turlock police say Pacheco was found dead from a gunshot to his head in Boyer's sweet potato field on July 23, 2013. Police arrested Boyer Friday during a routine traffic stop pending a warrant for his arrest. They would not talk to FOX40 on camera about the details of the investigation or Boyer's arrest.
The Stanislaus County DIstrict Attorney's office also declined to comment on the on-going investigation. They did send FOX40 a copy of the criminal complaint against Boyer, which alleges he willfully, unlawfully and with malice committed the murder of Pacheco.
Boyers family told FOX40 they would never talk about the case to the media.
Locals have mixed reactions to the case.
"If he stole property from him, I think he got what was coming to him. You've gotta protect your property," Larry Fernandez said.
"He could have called the sheriff, CHP, police, But having a firearm, usually people stop," Jacob Jones said.
Many are wondering if the shooting death will hold up as self defense in court. California does not have a stand your ground law. However, the state does have certain self defense protections, which pertain to what's known as a reasonable person assertion. California's criminal jury instructions say a defendant is only entitled to use the amount of force necessary that a reasonable person would believe was necessary in the exact case.
"Was it reasonable? No. But at the same time was the farmer in danger?" Jones asked.
In a written statement Pachenco's sister Shannon told FOX40, "We just want to say that we have waited for a long time for this and we are happy that we are finally getting justice."
Boyer will be back in the Stanislaus County Superior Court on April 13th for further arraignment. Until then he will remain in the Stanislaus County Jail without bail.