Judge to Decide if Murrieta Man Will Face Trial For the Murder of His Grandmother

A judge will decide if there is enough evidence in the case this week.

Kyle Roger McLean is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo.
Kyle Roger McLean is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo.
A Murrieta man accused of killing his own grandmother is due in court Wednesday so a judge can decide if he will go to trial, district attorney officials say.

Kyle Roger McLean, 22, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing, according to DA Spokesman John Hall.  McLean is accused of killing his 71-year-old grandmother, whose body has never been found. 

"At the preliminary hearing for McLean, which is expected to last several days, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence for the defendant to stand trial," Hall said, adding that if the case does go to trial and McLean is convicted as now charged— he faces 25 years to life behind bars.

Catherine Sutton was reported missing July 14, 2013 by a family member; her grandson, then 21-year-old Kyle Roger McLean, of Murrieta and an accomplice, 18-year-old Neil Michael Erickson, of Wildomar were arrested July 15 in connection with her disappearance.

Within hours of responding to Sutton’s Graystone Lane home to check on her welfare, Murrieta police had suspected foul play. A search for her body ensued and was focused in Southern California, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said at the time.

They had no luck in locating the woman.

“Our search for Ms. Sutton was discontinued after we exhausted any leads we had [regarding] her whereabouts,” Conrad said in an emailed response to Patch.

Police said the family member who reported Sutton missing had called out of concern after realizing she had not heard from or seen her since July 11. The relative told police that when she stopped by Sutton’s home it smelled of bleach and there were fans running.

Forensic technicians with the California Department of Justice were among the slew of law enforcement that conducted a day-long investigation at the home on Graystone Lane, a cul de sac off of Whitewood Road just east of Interstate 215.

“Based on the evidence in this case, including evidence collected at the possible crime scene at her Murrieta home, it is believed that Sutton has been murdered,” Riverside County District Attorney's Office Spokesman John Hall said when criminal charges were filed against Erickson and McLean.

In July 2013, the Wildomar man arrested with McLean, pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder.   Neil Michael Erickson was sentenced on Sept. 6, 2013, to 270 days in custody and five years of formal probation, according to Hall.

—Patch Editor Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

Kim Fahey-Dunn February 19, 2014 at 02:29 PM
That's all that Neil Erickson got for helping to dispose of Catherines body? WTH? I'm disgusted and sick to my stomach right now. I guess these days being an accessory to murder only deserves a smack on the hand. This is not justice. It's a joke. Now I'm concerned about the sentence Kyle will get. Instead of throwing the book at him what will the court do? Hand him a book and demand he read it cover to cover then let him go home? Injustice at it's finest.
Ray ray February 19, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Bring back executions!
ChrisG February 19, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Does this person have a criminal history or drug abuse?
Michael February 19, 2014 at 03:34 PM
The D.A. probably offered Ericson a plea deal.He's probably going to testify against Mclean,thats why his sentence was so light.
Thresher 200 February 19, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Kim Fahey-Dunn February 20, 2014 at 05:36 PM
*Michael, even if he did agree to a plea deal the sentence does not justify the deed. And seriously people, drug addiction is a flimsy excuse. Bad people do bad things. End of story.
B-Cat February 20, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Before commenting, I want to hear the judge's reasoning behind the decision. Im sure if there is a lack of evidence at this time, it dosnt mean that evidence dosnt exist at all, its just a matter of time till it presents itself. tick-tock-tick- tock.
Michael February 20, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Agree with you Kim,the sentence does not justify the crime.The D.A. has no body and they want a conviction in this case and they probably will get it if Erickson rolls over on Mclean.
Kim Fahey-Dunn February 21, 2014 at 03:31 PM
I hope that's the case Michael and Erickson does roll over on Killer Kyle. Catherine deserves justice.
Thresher 200 February 21, 2014 at 06:51 PM
I can't believe how ignorant you screwballs are. You just want to see blood for blood. Let the guy go. You really don't know what the reasoning was. You only want to assume because you want to see someone hang for the sake of hanging. Screw you Murrieta, Temecula white TRASH pieces of shit!!!
Alek J Hidell February 21, 2014 at 07:00 PM
I agree; let the guy go. But please advertise the place and time this will occur. We Murrietan White Trash POS want to have a little necktie party for the merry lad.....
Thresher 200 February 21, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Alek, you've already proven you're too much of a chicken-shit to ever get out from behind that keyboard. LOSER!!!
Alek J Hidell February 21, 2014 at 07:33 PM
My, someone seems agitated and vexed...... meth?
Thresher 200 February 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Nope. No drugs for me. I just wonder how you figure you can get from behind that keyboard to hang anyone with that rainbow tie of yours. We already know what a coward you are.
Alek J Hidell February 21, 2014 at 07:56 PM
rainbow tie? maybe you SHOULD take drugs... Thorazine might help
Thresher 200 February 21, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Because the guy has been tried and hung by a bunch armchair lawyer floozies on the Patch. I couldn't cate less who you know.
Thresher 200 February 22, 2014 at 12:08 AM
Ha! She deleted her posts. Maybe she came to her senses.
chuck2251 February 23, 2014 at 01:59 PM


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