The fundraising efforts to help pay the legal expenses for a Turlock man accused of fatally shooting a trespasser have a long way to go if they plan on covering his bail.
The group Let’s Rally for Rob Boyer has collected just over $2,300 on Rally.org and a Paypal account linked on the Facebook page Friends of Robin Boyer has also been collecting funds to help pay for the legal expenses. The fundraising efforts have been growing since Boyer’s arrest in March, however, the donations fall short of the $1 million bail a Stanislaus County judge imposed on Boyer on Monday.
Boyer, 60, is facing a charge of murder for the 2013 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Brandon Pacheco on July 23, 2013. Boyer caught Pacheco trespassing on his property in the 1100 block of Dianne Drive. Boyer later told Turlock Police investigators he saw Pacheco taking items from his property and went out to confront him armed with a shotgun.
Boyer told investigators he confronted Pacheco, who was unknown to him, and that an altercation ensued and that he shot Pacheco, striking in him in the head.
Pacheco’s body was found on a dirt path next to a sweet potato field on one side and a home on the other. Boyer’s property is next to the home adjacent to the dirt path.
Pacheco’s family has stated on multiple occasions that he was shot in the back of the head, and they believe he was running away from the scene rather than engaging in any kind of altercation. Pacheco’s dirt bike was lying on the ground next to him. Pacheco was unarmed at the time of his death.
No arrest was made at the time of the shooting and the case was eventually forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review and a final determination of whether or not charges would be filed.
In March Boyer was arrested and charged with murder with a gun enhancement. Boyer has entered a not guilty plea to the charge and has been in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail since his arrest.
For the two dozen cases determined to be high profile in Stanislaus County, no one facing a murder charge has a bail less than $1 million, according to court records.
A pretrial motion for Boyer is set for June 10.