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Arraignment delayed for Turlock murder suspect
Robin Boyer
Robin Boyer

The defense attorney representing a Turlock man accused of shooting an alleged trespasser requested a postponement for the arraignment, leaving his client in jail for at least another month.

Robin Boyer, 60, is facing a charge of murder for the 2013 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Brandon Pacheco. Boyer was taken into custody Thursday during a traffic stop by Turlock Police officers. He was scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Monday in Stanislaus County Superior Court, but his defense attorney, Matthew Horeczko, requested the hearing be delayed.

Because the arraignment was postponed, Boyer did not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. A bail amount also cannot be set until a defendant is arraigned. A new arraignment hearing was set for April 13.

On the morning of July 23, 2013, the Turlock Police Department and emergency personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Dianne Drive for a report of a shooting, where they found Pacheco deceased from a gunshot wound to the head.

Boyer told Turlock Police detectives the neighborhood had been experiencing some thefts and that he himself had had items stolen off his property recently. On that morning he spotted Pacheco on his property, allegedly taking items, 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.

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.

A fund raising page created to help pay for Boyer’s legal defense has collected $600 as of Tuesday.