Sonora, CA — While first degree murder charges have been filed against 28 year old Robert Earl Slawinsky and 26 year old Paul Curtis Slawinsky of Jamestown, Tuolumne County Sheriff´s deputies and investigators are continuing their search for 23 year old Carl Stephen Knight of Hatler Drive in Sonora.
According to Lt. Dan Bressler, investigators believe that the Slawinsky brothers murdered Knight during a Sunday morning altercation at an undisclosed Jamestown residence.
Initially the Slawinksy brothers were charged with kidnapping and criminal conspiracy and held on $1 million bail in the Tuolumne County Jail. Wednesday those charges were upgraded to pre-meditated murder by the District Attorney´s office. District Attorney Donald Segerstrom has chosen to make no comment on this case to date.
Again today investigators are combing the Lake Don Pedro area. Patrol boats outfitted with sonar gear are being utilized along with divers. Bressler adds that the south county site is the only one being searched.
In addition the California State Department of Justice, which has equipment and resources not available to the Sheriff´s office, is assisting in the investigation.
Written by Bill Johnson