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The Murder of Dystiny Myers

The body found in Santa Margarita has been identified as a 15-year-old Santa Maria girl, Dystiny Myers.

Firefighters working to put out a grass fire found the unidentified girl’s burning body in a shallow grave off Park Hill Road a few miles east of Highway 58.

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Dystiny Myers suit dismissed as skull returns to family

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to return the skull of murder victim Dystiny Myers to the family of the deceased runaway teen. In March, Myers’ family sued the county over the district attorney’s office’s decision to hold the skull for trial evidence without informing family members that it was doing […]... (Continue Reading)

Final Myers defendant sentenced

A San Luis Obispo judge sentenced Jason Greenwell, the only defendant who testified in the Dystiny Myers murder trial, to 15 years to life in prison Tuesday. Greenwell pled guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for his testimony. His plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office makes him eligible for parole after 15 years. The […]... (Continue Reading)

Wisto and York sentenced to life without parole for Myers murder

A San Luis Obispo judge sentenced Rhonda Wisto and her son Frank York Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for their roles in the brutal murder of 15-year-old runaway Dystiny Myers on Wednesday. In 2010, firefighter found Myers’ body burned and buried in a shallow grave near Santa Margarita with her […]... (Continue Reading)

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Co-conspirator describes Myers beating and burning

Former Dystiny Myers murder defendant Jason Greenwell took the stand Monday in the trial of Jacob York and his mother, Rhonda Wisto, and described his account of the 2010 slaying of the 15-year-old Santa Maria runaway. Greenwell, who pled guilty to second degree murder in exchange for a sentence of 15 years to life, admitted […]... (Continue Reading)

Jury views taped confession of accused Myers killer

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A gripping interrogation videotape showing sheriff’s detectives patiently breaking down murder suspect Frank Jacob York took center stage Thursday as the first week of trial of Dystiny Myers’ alleged killers concluded. The two-hour videotape concluded with York being handcuffed and informed that he was under arrest, along with his mother and three […]... (Continue Reading)

Wisto feared Myers would expose meth trade

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE County prosecutors continued Wednesday to cultivate the concept of culpability of a mother-son “criminal enterprise” in the violent slaying of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers, weaving a sordid story of life inside a drug dealing family. Rhonda Maye Wisto and her son, Frank Jacob York, are on  trial for the Sept. […]... (Continue Reading)

Street rules, a shared ethos doomed Myers girl

Mother-and-son murder suspects Rhonda Maye Wisto and Frank Jacob York had “a shared ethos commanding respect” and that may have led to the savage slaying of 15-year-old Destiny Myers, a prosecutor said Monday. Deputy District Atty. Timothy S. Covello told a newly-empaneled jury during opening arguments that the defendants’ adherence to “street rules” and their […]... (Continue Reading)

Testimony reveals defendant’s description of Myers murder

A preliminary hearing Wednesday in the Dystiny Myers murder case revealed statements by one of the defendants explaining his role in the killing of the 15-year-old Santa Maria girl. [KCOY] Cody Miller told San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters that the other participants in the September 26, 2010 killing of Myers coerced him […]... (Continue Reading)