Murder victim had meth in his system
May 9, 2014
A man murdered by his girlfriend’s son in rural Paso Robles had methamphetamine in his system, a forensic pathologist testified on Thursday.
On Feb. 7, John Steven Danner, 23, heard Billy Don Law, 47, arguing with his mother Christine Ruda. Law was agitated after he mistakenly surmised Danner was burning candles in his room. The house lacks electricity.
Three or four weeks earlier, Law had knocked out one of Danner’s teeth when he sucker-punched him while Danner sat on a couch. According to investigators, Law was angry over a parking issue.
After hearing his mother screaming, Danner retrieved two handguns from his room and warned Danner that he needed to leave his mother alone or he would shoot him, according to court testimony.
Law then approached Danner, who shot him ten times. Law bled to death.
Danner has plead not guilty in February. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on May 27.