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Turlock man will face trial for killing burglar, shooting at law enforcement
Kevin Mayhew
Kevin Mayhew

A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge has ruled a Turlock man will have to stand trial for murder after shooting an intruder.

The judge ruled there was enough cause to hold Kevin Mayhew, 42, over for trial on a charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder for a shootout with law enforcement in Merced County, said Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Deputy District Attorney John Gould.

The charges stem from a fatal shooting in Turlock on Oct. 31, 2016.

Juy Gastelo, 30, of Turlock, was fatally shot while allegedly breaking into a home in the 300 block of N. Thor Street, according to the Turlock Police Department. Gastelo was shot multiple times by Mayhew. It is the prosecution’s belief that Mayhew was acting out of the scope of what is reasonable in defense of his home.

On March 8, 2017, Turlock Police officers went to serve a search warrant at the N. Thor Street residence, in relation to the fatal shooting.

As officers were in the area they noticed Mayhew loading items into a vehicle and then leaving the area. An attempt was made to pull him over in a traffic stop, but Mayhew refused to yield and sped away.

As the pursuit passed into Merced County, officers from the Merced Police Department and deputies from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department joined in. The high-speed pursuit came to an end at Snelling Road when Mayhew drove his vehicle over a spike strip, nearly hitting one law enforcement member.

According to law enforcement Mayhew got out of the vehicle and immediately started shooting an assault rifle at the officers and the deputies, who returned fire, striking Mayhew.

A search of the vehicle Mayhew was driving turned up numerous firearms, according to the police report.

At the time of his arrest, Mayhew’s Facebook page had several photos of guns he describes as building himself. He used the hashtag “guntreasure” that he describes as his practice of burying firearm parts and then posting a photo of the area as a clue for seekers.

Mayhew wrote on his Facebook page: “I really am giving away gun parts. It's my new way to give back to the shooting community all over. I've already got the next lower built, but have to add a stock, then it's time to find a place to bury it!”

Mayhew is the son of Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge William Mayhew. In 2002 he was convicted of vandalism for shooting out several windows of businesses in Modesto and Turlock with a sling shot. Court records indicate a petition was later granted to have the conviction dismissed after Mayhew served his sentence.

A formal arraignment has been set for 8:30 a.m. April 9 in Department 9 at Stanislaus County Superior Court.