EXCLUSIVE: Woman details fatal Paso Robles shooting
March 17, 2015
By KAREN VELIE
A woman who lived at the Paso Robles home where a man was shot and killed Saturday morning said the alleged murderer smirked as he loaded a clip into his gun and called for his victim to turn around.
Ashley Moss, 25, had moved into a spare room at the home of Tom and Joyce Yanaga in early March. On Thursday night, Moss, several friends and Tom Yanaga were talking about a fictional killer who hunted people when Yanaga began making comments about killing that concerned Moss.
“Tom said, ‘I wanna really kill someone,’ ” Moss said.
On Friday night, Marshall Savoy, a 32-year-old Atascadero man Moss had known since she was 7, arrived at the Gahan Place home of Tom Yanaga, his wife and his 17-year-old son. Savoy had stopped using drugs some time before and was asking Moss to let him drive her to a sober living facility, Moss said.
Moss and Savoy left the Yanagas, who Moss said were frequent meth users, in the house and went to a trailer on the property to talk. After sounds of a violent fight began coming from the residence, Savoy ran to the house and Moss followed him.
Savoy went into the house through an open front door and began arguing with Yanaga while Moss waited in the yard, Moss said.
“Marshall was screaming, ‘you don’t treat women like that, don’t touch women like that,’ ” Moss said.
Moss said she watched Yanaga, through a kitchen window, put a clip in his gun and walk towards Marshall.
“He said, ‘Hey Marshall,’ and began shooting,” Moss said.
Moss saw multiple flashes and heard the shots, though she said she could not see Marshall from where she stood. Marshall then stumbled out the garage door and fell on the ground in front of her, Moss said. He had been shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen.
“Tom told Joyce to call 911 and to say that Marshall was an intruder,” Moss said.
Yanaga then headed towards the trailer Moss had been in earlier with Marshall, Moss said. Afraid for her life, Moss hid near a back door.
“The police arrived and said, ‘Get on the ground, freeze, and threw Tom to the ground,’ ” Moss said.
Moss, too frightened to move, remained hidden. At the time, officers did not know she allegedly witnessed the murder.
“I made a promise to Marshall to get clean, and I will,” Moss said. “Marshall may be dead, but he is not gone, he is still here. He will never die.”
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff detectives arrested Yanaga, 52, on murder charges and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail where he is being held without bail.
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