District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and DDA Brian Donnellan have really slanted the Jesse Wilson case in their favor. Around Town, posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:03 am
This would be a good case to review by citizen oversight committee if we had one.
Jesse Wilson is charged with 2 Felony counts of attempted murder, and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
He brought a gun with him when he stepped out (just a few feet) of his apt to observe what was causing all the shouting and loud noise right outside close to midnight. The 5 loud and aggressive people 2 men and 3 women had just seconds earlier confronted (terrorized) another neighbor and ordered him back to his apt, to make sure this happened one of them followed/chased him. They also ordered Jesse to go back into his apt. They didn't get the same result, what they got was he showed them he had a gun by pointing it up in the air. The response was simple one of the 2 men made a head fake and ran fast at Jesse making contact which resulted with a bullet being discharged. The second man who testified to consuming 7 beers,Vicodin, and marijuana (flailing to mention the vodka) charged and knocked Jesse to the ground had his two hands over the gun barrel while Jesse still had one hand on the handle. During this struggle a bullet was discharged and caused a non life threatening injury (no stitches) and released from hospital next day.
San Mateo County Gang Task Force responded to assist Foster City Police at the scene. The police did an excellent job in securing the scene.
What is questionable is the position our DA is taking.
He knows both men charged and attacked a man who was holding a gun in the air. After the man was piled on "All brutal like" and the gun was no longer a threat he was savagely beaten and kicked not only by one of the men but by at least one woman who broke her foot kicking him. Two of the witnesses did not want their names public and did not want to testify for fear of retaliation, they did finally testify one of them used the word gang and the DA had it stricken from the record. The other testified that a person was removed from the court for mumbling threats towards him while he was testifying. They have moved out of state and will not come back to testify.
The brother of one of the men is in prison for attacking an off-duty San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy in Burlingame. Our DA knows some of his witnesses have committed perjury in this case (Vodka) but it is more important for him to get a conviction.
Our DA's position is there is only one reason to bring out a gun and that is to kill. I disagree with that position, It should be one of the reasons but not the only one.
Jesse Wilson will be testifying Monday in courtroom 2D
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jan 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm Michael G. Stogner is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Both sides have rested and the jury will get it in the morning. I want to say that the above description was from testimony from the five witnesses that the District Attorney calls victims.
Jesse Wilson testified most of the day and gave quite a different story. He also used the word gang in his testimony which the DA hates for some reason.
DDA Brian Donnellan closed with a curious statement, He asked if Jesse considered taking pepper spray out instead of the gun. Now here is a man who stepped outside his apartment to help someone, he brought a loaded 38 with him. After showing the gun, in the hopes it would get these people to stop and leave, he gets the Holy Crap beat out of him......sure the pepper spray would have been a nice choice, results would have been the same....a beating
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Feb 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm Michael G. Stogner is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
When I say really slanted, let me give you an example. Everyone involved knows that the neighbors next to Jesse Wilson had a terrifying experience with the group of 5 just seconds before Jesse Wilson stepped outside his apartment in his fuzzy slippers and a .38 cal. gun.
DA Steve Wagstaffe and DDA Brian Donnellan know that it was the noise from that experience that caused Jesse to take action. They saw no reason to interview this couple, no questions asked, and no subpoena to testify in court...why?
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm Michael G. Stogner is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Yes he did, the court allowed video of their testimony, They did not want to be identified, and they moved from the apartment they had just moved into 30 days prior, and they have now moved from the state of California.