De­nair man ac­cused of killing step­fa­ther, as­sault­ing deputies

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY JIM SILVA jsilva@mod­

A 36-year-old De­nair man is in cus­tody af­ter he al­legedly killed his step­fa­ther Thurs­day night, the Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said in a news re­lease Fri­day.

Ja­son Schaefer, 36, is also ac­cused of as­sault­ing sev­eral deputies while he was be­ing booked into jail, the news re­lease said.

Deputies were dis­patched to a re­port of a stab­bing on the 2800 block of Marazan Street in De­nair shortly be­fore 10 p.m. Thurs­day.

The first deputy ar­rived and the sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as Schaefer, ex­ited the res­i­dence and was taken into cus­tody. “He was com­pletely com­pli­ant with the ar­rest process,” Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment spokesman Sgt. Tom Le­tras said Fri­day morn­ing by phone.

Af­ter de­tain­ing the sub­ject, deputies en­tered the home, Le­tras said. Deputies found Schaefer’s step­fa­ther, Gre­gory Schaefer, 56, dead from a stab wound in­side the home.

The vic­tim’s wife — and sus­pect’s mother — and her sis­ter were at the home at the time of the stab­bing, Le­tras said.

While be­ing booked, Ja­son Schaefer be­came com­bat­ive and as­saulted sev­eral deputies, caus­ing in­jury. One deputy was kicked mul­ti­ple times, and an­other suf­fered a blow to the face, bust­ing his lip, Le­tras said. A Taser was used on the sus­pect to get him un­der con­trol, Le­tras said.

Ja­son Schaefer, who is be­ing held with­out bail, will face a mur­der charge. He will face ad­di­tional charges for bat­tery on a peace of­fi­cer with in­jury.

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