Murder trial witness a no show in court

April 4, 2015

Marshall Savoy and Ashley MossA primary witness in the murder trial of Tom Yanaga from Paso Robles did not show up in court on Friday for her second day of testimony.

Ashley Moss, 25, said she watched Yanaga load his gun before he shot Marshall Savoy, 32, three times in the chest last month. Marshall then stumbled out the garage door and fell on the ground in front of her, Moss said.

Yanaga, who plead not guilty, claims he acted in self-defense.

On Thursday, Moss testified that Savoy was attempting to intervene in an argument between Yanaga and his wife when Yanaga shot and killed Savoy. During her testimony, Moss became agitated and said she found the process traumatizing.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice delayed the hearing until April 20, to allow prosecutors time to contact Moss.



  1. smile4thecamera says:

    Sounds like the prosecutors need to step up their game in going through a mock trial with her so she knows a bit more what to expect. I’m sure it’s intimidating up on the stand with mr. yanaga staring her down. Still if she sticks to what happened, and tells the truth – it could set her free so to speak.

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  2. ToHellinaHandBasket says:

    No surprise here.

    Let’s move on…….

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  3. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    While it may be hard to go through the process, if she really cared about her friend and wants to see justice, she needs to find the courage and strength to get back in the game. Life is tough sometimes but how a person responds shows the quality of the individual.

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    • Ted Slanders says:


      In your rainbow, rose-petaled and bird singing statements, there may be more to the story of her not returning. It’s easy for you to question her character in this instance because you are not her.

      Here, I’ll make a wishful thinking scenario too, let’s say that her life was threatened if she testifies, she has family and friends that are worried, and no matter what she does, Marshal Savoy is not coming back to life anytime soon, which is Jesus’ job and the many Saints when the tombs were opened in their behalf. (Mathew 27:52)

      Another hypothetical, I would love to see you take your “goody two shoes” notion subsequent to you witnessing a gang related killing by the LA “Rollin 60s Crips,” and have this courage and strength that you speak of to show your quality by testifying against this notorious gang. All the while knowing that their MO is that your life and your family’s isn’t worth a wooden nickel afterwards.

      It’s so easy to sit outside of another’s actions and make “pie in the sky” statements, when you don’t really know all of the facts involved.

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      • BeenThereDoneThat says:

        Well I can’t say one way or the other on gangs but I can tell you, I have stepped into things I don’t feel are right.

        One I’ve mentioned before here, was back in the late eighties when (long story) my friend wound up in someone’s front yard at twelve in the morning. Things escalated and the next thing the guy says he is going into house to get the money owed to my friend and comes back with a rifle. As my friend stands his ground the guy keeps popping him in the jaw with the butt of the gun, as my friends brother, his friend and I watch.

        When I realized my friends brother was not going to step up I (not sure of what the consequences could be) went and got between both of them and defused the situation. So yea I do know what I am talking about and I did it without having to bore the S**T out of people with scripture doing it!!!

        For a guy that blathers on about morals and values I thought you might understand the courage and quality part. Guess I gave you too much credit??

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  4. SLO_Johnny says:

    Miss trial. Maybe the prosecutors try again but I bet it goes to a plea bargain. This is a perfect example of how difficult it can be to prosecute crimes involving drug abusers and addicts. The jurors find it almost impossible to decide who is telling the truth or if anyone is telling the truth.

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    • Zuma7 says:

      Sure sounds like a bunch of flakes and losers.

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