UPDATED: Deputy Accused of Murder Takes Witness Stand

Dayle William Long, 44, told jurors he felt threatened by a group of people and acted in self-defense Dec. 21, 2011 at Spelly's Pub & Grille when he fired the shots that killed 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Former Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Dayle William Long is pictured on the opening day of his trial at Southwest Justice Center, Nov. 12, 2013. (Photo by Maggie Avants)
Former Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Dayle William Long is pictured on the opening day of his trial at Southwest Justice Center, Nov. 12, 2013. (Photo by Maggie Avants)
UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3: 

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez recessed the trial of Dayle William Long at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and asked jurors to return at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Just prior to Bermudez's announcement, he had called a 30-minute break.
The morning started with Long on the witness stand being cross-examined by Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky.

ORIGINAL POST 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2:

A former Riverside County sheriff's deputy charged with murder in the 2011 shooting death of a Murrieta bar patron took the stand Monday in his own defense, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Dayle William Long, 44, told jurors he felt threatened by a group of people and acted in self-defense Dec. 21, 2011 at Spelly's Pub & Grille when he fired the shots that killed 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester, the newspaper reported.

Long's trial got underway Nov. 12 at Southwest Justice Center near Murrieta. The prosecution concluded calling its witnesses on Nov. 18, and Monday was the first day that Long's public defense team began calling its witnesses, according to John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Long was a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's department who was off-duty the night of the fatal encounter. He faces 50 years to life in prison if he is convicted. Meanwhile, he remains jailed at Southwest Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bail.

Vanettes' sister, April Reilly, testified on the opening day of the trial that her brother was an "outgoing and friendly guy" who had invited Long to play darts with them. She alleged that Long's countenance changed throughout the course of the evening, and that he “seemed like he was getting really, really drunk...he was slurring his words.” She alleged that Long pulled a gun when an argument between him and Vanettes grew heated.

Long told jurors Monday that he had had six or seven drinks that night, but that his judgment was not impaired; it was Vanettes' friends who had threatened to take away his gun and kill him, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Click here to read The Press-Enterprise's article on Long's statements from the stand.

Click here to read Patch's previous coverage of the trial.
Local Resident December 03, 2013 at 12:37 AM
This was a very sad week in Murrieta. If he is found guilty, I hope he rots away - never to be heard from again.
Rob Murillo December 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Oh yeah.. video clearly shows Sams hands in the air asking Long if he's gonna shoot.. Im sure Long felt very threatened at this point while his finger was on the trigger.. If Long gets away with this I will lose all respect for the justice system.. When the law fails us that's when people start taking the law into their own hands...
SA December 03, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I find most police officers to be gentlemen and ladies; however this fool makes them look horrible. Irrespective of the situation, guns and alcohol do not mix…. Over the weekend my cousin’s 12-year-old son was shot by a stray bullet fired by a drunk douche …
Philip rivers December 03, 2013 at 12:27 PM
He's a bitch. .go outside and handle your problems the old fashion way..
all-c-ing-eye December 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
It mentions he had 6 drinks, of what? the alcohol content of beer could be low while other drinks are at a much higher content. If i had 6 drinks of whatever and i was pulled over for driving and had to take a breathalyzer test i would probably fail. Soooooo, is carrying a gun under the same influences and using it the same as driving a car impaired? do you make bad judgment calls? Im not going to defend the policeman for his actions but sometimes good people do bad things for a short moment in time that affects the rest of their lives and of course the victims as well. Murrieta has a really good police force but this is not about them its about 1 man no matter what his trade in life is doing what he did for whatever the reasons he deemed necessary. As the case is still pending and the defense has yet to present its full presentation i wont condemn anybody but someone died and that cant be left on the scrapheap of "oh well it happens". Guns seem to be the answer if you cant think of anything else? or legally having one gives a weaker person superior power and sometimes the weaker person [physically or emotionally] finds it to be the only defense they have. This is a sad situation for all involved.


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