Witness: Argument About Jeff Stone Leads to Spelly's Shooting

Dayle William Long, 42, a former sheriff's deputy, allegedly killed Sam Vanettes, 36, of French Valley, during an argument at Spelly's Pub and Grille in December.

An disagreement over County Supervisor Jeff Stone kicked off an argument that climaxed in the Dec. 21, 2011 fatal Murrieta bar shooting, a witness testified today.

Dayle William Long, 42, a former sheriff's deputy, allegedly killed French Valley resident Sam Vanettes, 36, during an argument at

To read the initial report of what happened,

Long was at the bar alone with a friend that night. When Long's friend left, the victim invited Long to play darts, according to Danny Burnside, 38, a friend of the victim.

Burnside took the stand today during a preliminary hearing at Southwest Justice Center in French Valley.

"He's a people type person. He says, 'I'm going to invite him to our table,'" Burnside recalled Vanettes saying that night.

Vanettes was with three friends that night: his sister, April Vanettes, her boyfriend, Burnside, and another friend, Chris Hull.

After the group finished their game, Hull invited Long to the bar for some shots, where they drank several, Burnside testified.

Afterwards, they returned to the group's table, where they ordered another pitcher of beer and continued drinking, he recalled.

Conversation turns ugly

They were having a pleasant conversation until the drinks began to affect Long, Burnside said.

"It seems like maybe the alcohol was kicking in, he got real quiet," the witness said.

The conversation turned when Long said he would pay anybody $1 million to run against Jeff Stone, Murrieta's representative on the County Board of Supervisors.

Stone is known best in Temecula for his opposition to Liberty Quarry and for proposing Riverside and several other conservative-dominated counties secede and form a seperate state.

To read about what he said about Liberty Quarry, To read about his plan to divide California,

Burnside asked Long what he did for a living to be able to afford to make such an offer. "He said, I don't need to know about what he does," the witness said.

Burnside asked where Long lives, but the deputy again avoided the question.

The topic of Jeff Stone "came out of nowhere," Burnside said, and somebody changed the conversation.

Sam Vanettes tried to tell Long where he grew up, which was a neighborhood in Orange County -- but they began arguing about the layout of the local roads, according to Burnside.

"They kind of went back and forth about the streets," Burnside said.

The former deputy accused Vanettes of lying about where he grew up, and the victim told Long he was getting out of line. "He said, 'I don't know what's going on, Dayle. We were having a good time, but you're turning into a (jerk)."

Long responded in a hostile way. "We can take it outside," Burnside recalled Long saying.

The victim's sister got up and stood between the victim and Long trying to break up the argument, but Burnside pulled her away.

Then, he said told Long, "We don't want any problems. It's time for you to leave and go somewhere else."

Then, Long pulled out a handgun. "I looked down, and he had a gun close to his body pointed at me," Burnside said. "He said, 'I'm a cop, you need to step back.'"

Burnside stepped back, and Hull walked up to Long and said, "What are you doing with a gun in a bar?" Burnside recalled.

An employee of the bar called 911 at this point, but it was too late to stop the shooting, witnesses said.

'What are you going to do, shoot me?'

The employee told Long he called 911, and he said, "Good, call 911, all these (people) are going to jail. This one's going to jail for assault, this one's going to jail for battery," Burnside recalled the former deputy shouting.

"That's an assault right there. That's an assault on a police officer. You're going to jail," Burnside said the deputy was shouting as he shoved Hull repeatedly with his left hand with his right hand clutching his down-pointed pistol.

The deputy then took a few steps back, turned and noticed Sam Vanettes was near him. Long pointed his handgun at him.

"What are you going to do, shoot me?" Burnside recalled Vanettes saying.

Long opened fire.

"I could see the impact on his chest… and a headshot, his head snapped back," Burnside said.

Long fired four or five times in rapid succession before stopping, pulling out his cell phone and making a call, Burnside said.

Investigators later found five shells that came from the same kind of gun found on Long. To read details that link Long to the shooting,

Alcohol fuels both sides of fight

Defense attorney Jeff Zimel was skeptical of Burnside's story, asking whether their judgement might have been slanted due to their inebriation. 

If Long was acting hostile and incoherent, "can't the same be said for you and Chris Hull?" Zimel asked Burnside.

The witness left out numerous details from his testimony that imply Hull may have been exacerbating the confrontation.

"Didn't Chris (Hull) say, 'Put that gun down, and I'll kick your (butt)?'" Zimel asked him. "Didn't he also say, 'I'll take that gun and shove it up your (butt)?'"

Burnside admitted his friend made the first statement, but said he didn't remember the second.

During an investigation shortly after the shooting, Burnside told investigators Long was calling for the bartender to call 911, according to Zimel.

Other witness reported Hull was drunk and acting aggressively, according to Murrieta PD Sgt. Phil Gomez.

Will stand trial

Judge Timothy Freer today determined during the hearing today that there was enough evidence against Long for him to stand trial for the alleged murder, District Attorney Spokesperson John Hall said.

If convicted, Long faces 50 years to life in prison, Hall said.

Long, in custody on $1 million bail at Southwest Detnetion Center, was scheduled for an information arraignment March 19, when he will be formally charged, Hall said.

Long faces one count of murder with an enhancement of discharging a firearm causing death, Hall said.

Victoria March 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Making a joke about donuts when someone was murdered shows such a lack of maturity and intelligence that I almost flagged the comment as inappropriate.
Woodman March 06, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Oh Victoria, Get a sense of humor (and a life). That was funny!
Victoria March 06, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I do have a life, Woody, and please think of a more original cliché if you have aspirations above and beyond Patch commentary.
Roy T Tatar March 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Why is it legal for these bullies to carry a concealed weapon into a bar? They can barely & often do not constrain themselves when sober. Would the dead victim have challenge this jerk if he knew he was armed? I think no. He will probably walk free with a medical retirement like the chiefs in Riverside & Yorba Linda.
Victoria March 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Another great response, coupled with a brilliant metaphor. So you think I am not gripping. If I don't grip does that mean I must be a real drip?? Of course humor is a great way to buffer life's problems, but the murder of someone's son, brother, father, friend is hardly a simple 'problem', or an 'unfortunate incident'. It's more of a tragedy, don't you think? No, of course not, not much thinking going on here today, and that really is a problem. Incidentally, it's also unfortunate, as I'd hoped to find real commentary among those in our local community. On a final note, I cannot grasp, let alone grip, someone thinking my life is intolerable simply because I don't find jokes about murder amusing. Regardless, I am going to take the advice I've been given this day, and I'm going to get a grip, get a life, and get out of here.. Good luck to all of the real thinkers in the Patch World, I know you're out there somewhere, and I hope your patience outlasts mine!
liss March 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
A LIFE FOR A LIFE he should not be alive
Roy T Tatar March 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Are you Alfred E Newman? I know the thugs can legally carry, my question is why? Your "peace ooficer" explanation is lame. He certainly brought peace to his victim. If they are afraid of others they have arrested, perhaps they should find a real job where they do not (claim to) fear for their safety. South Central Murrieta is teeming with criminals. I hope this animal dose meet some others he has jailed, while in jail ... without his weapons.
Roy T Tatar March 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
You ARE Alfred E Newman, juvenile moron, that cannot spell. Go to your room now, little boy, this is an adult site.
Victoria March 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Wow, now that I know intelligent adults also post on this site (thank you, Roy, for giving me renewed hope!), I may continue to comment from time to time..
Lisa H March 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Police officers put their lives on the line every day for our safety (Case in point, the officer who was hit on the 215 a couple of days ago while on a traffic stop). Officers approach cars not knowing what or whom they will find inside. They give numerous tickets, put people in jail, and deal with domestic affairs daily. This leaves a high probability that they will run into someone that they have had dealings with in the past - and not always in a positive manner. For this reason, some officers are encouraged to carry while off duty. But they are also to use their best judgment as to when that weapon should be left behind (i.e. going to a bar). In this specific case, the officer was a loose cannon that didn't fall into any category other than a typical thug with a weapon that chose to take someone's life over a dumb dispute. Just because one officer went rogue doesn't make all officers "bullies" or vigilantes. Roy, it seems that you are not fond of officers due to your "bullies" comment and thinking that somehow he is going to get off with a slap on the wrist. Any specific reason for your negativity? And it's a little ironic that you call Steve a juvenile moron that cannot spell when you have issues yourself (i.e. 'Your "peace ooficer" explanation'). And Victoria, thinking that someone who trades back and forth insults and childish name calling constitutes an intelligent adult leads me to believe you've set your standard a little too low. But hey, that's just my opinion.
Roy T Tatar March 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Too many reasons for my negativity: Chicago - 1988, LA - 1992, Riverside - 1999, Long Beach 2010, Old Town Temecula (another cop in a bar), Yorba Linda last year ( 5 cops beatng a 160 pound man to death, only 2 charged), Oakland, New York, Philly, + many cities & years in between, where the cops got away with murder. They always "fear for their safety" & the courts too often justify their force. As for the rest, your opinion is irrelevant &, hey, none of your business.
Lisa H March 09, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Police Officers have been around for well over a hundred years. With the hundreds of thousands of officers employed on any given day throughout the United States, your negativity towards officers is based on less than a fraction of a percentage of bad cops. Your criteria for all cops being corrupt would then lead to all postal employees being murderers based on the shooting at post offices, or all students are murderers based on the several shooting sprees at schools around the nation, or all black people are racists and criminals based on the racial riots, and all whites are racists due to slavery years and years ago, and so on….You can’t blame all students for one child cheating on his test, but that’s in essence exactly what you are doing. And I have never heard a cop say they fear for their safety. That’s come from the public. Finally, if you didn’t want other’s opinions, maybe posting on a PUBLIC forum wasn’t the smartest idea. Once you posted, you made it everyone’s business, like it or not.
Victoria March 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Roy, you make some valid points, but I have to side with Lisa H on this one. First of all, this is an opinion site, that's why we are posting. And secondly, Lisa H, you are absolutely correct, I came to Roy's defense based purely on my annoyance with Woodman and Steve Newman. I found Woodman's original donut joke in very bad taste when someone had been murdered, and their ridiculously clichéd barbs directed toward me in defense of that stupid joke were even more annoying. Immature as I may seem, if you look back to the original postings perhaps you'll at least have a glimpse as to why I was happy to defend their detractor, right or wrong.
Lisa H March 09, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Victoria - I did not mean to infer that you were immature, and if I came across that way, I apologize. I only intended to state that if you thought Roy was behaving as an intelligent adult based on his comments, you might want to set your standards a little higher. I appreciate the fact that you welcomed Roy's defense when the attack was aimed towards you personally - sometimes people try to bring humor into an otherwise depressing situation. Right, wrong or indifferent, we all handle tragedy in different manners. And you have every right, and are encouraged, to voice your opinion when you find something insulting or in bad taste. Nobody should belittle your opinion, especially when you are speaking about your emotions.
Roy T Tatar March 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
A false argument. All postal employees or all students are not, on an everyday basis, armed to the teeth, wearing armor like a tank, with a licence to kill, & near absolute immunity from prosecution by using the magic words: "I thought they had a gun and/or I feared for my safety." Also, the stale axiom of ' a bad apple', fails to remember the rest - 'spoils the whole barrel'. Finally, I was directing the "none of your business" about my comments toward Alfred E.
Lisa H March 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Talk about a false argument - ALL officers are "armed to the teeth, wearing armor like a tank, with a license to kill & near absolute immunity from prosecution" blah blah blah... All officers are NOT armed to the teeth, they carry A handgun and some carry a taser – but they do have access to other guns LOCKED in the car but not easily available when out of their patrol car (and most do not carry their weapons off duty); they are not wearing armor like a tank (they have chest protectors to cover their heart – what about the rest of their body AND HEAD that are exposed??); and absolute immunity from prosecution – personal opinion vs fact. I’m all about vocalizing personal opinion, but don’t try to pass it off as the absolute truth. You have every right to have your opinion on police officers and nobody has the right to change that, but trying to argue with false information isn’t going to validate your stand with others. And as for the bad apple axiom – you are the only one who used that statement – you didn’t find it anywhere in my comments . .
Devious - 65 March 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
@ Lisa H. Concerning your comment on (( Police Officers have been around for well over a hundred years. With the hundreds of thousands of officers employed on any given day throughout the United States, your negativity towards officers is based on less than a fraction of a percentage of bad cops )) I believe that you do not see the picture in its entirety. Media covers only so much and cases of Police murdering and often abusing American citizens is greatly underestimated. You have no clue as to how many cases go UNREPORTED or that never make to YOUR mainstream media. There are even cases of people in jail or on death row because of cops with vendettas or other twisted reasons to lie in court. My wife was assaulted severly by Dale Long while he was on duty for the sheriffs dept. but this NEVER made the media and you most likely never heard about it until now. My wife did nothing to deserve the beating other than ask the man why did you pull me over ?? I have family in law enforcement and also many friends and they all tell me the same thing, if you don't back up other officers who have done wrong, you will be shunned and not get back up when you need it. Its an us against them mentality world for law enforcement. I've even had a friend quit Long Beach P.D. because he could no longer stand the gross abuse of power alot of the officers displayed. I am also aware that there are GOOD OFFICERS out there also. But its a crap shoot anytime a cop pulls you over.
Devious - 65 March 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My belief is that most Americans like yourself display an Ostrich like approach to authority figures ... and I do not mean it as an insult ...... Ostriches actually lie down and put their neck and head low to the ground to hide .. therefore they cannot see beyond what is near them.
Lisa H March 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Pete - I completely agree that there are corrupt officers who use their power to get what they want. But I also believe that your judgment may be a bit clouded by the situation with your wife (which, I agree, was a horrible experience). I think anyone who would have to go through that might have a biased opinion towards officers, and justifiably so. I do have a hard time believing that you have so many different officers in your life that help justify your position. Being around officers my whole life, I would believe I'd have hard time even finding a handful of officers who would support your position about corruptness in the departments, let alone having officers purger themselves in court. But that doesn't mean your view is wrong and mine is right, it just means we look at it very differently. And you need to trust me on the fact that I do not look at life through rosy glasses, things are not always as they seem....
Devious - 65 March 31, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Thank you Lisa for your response and I can respect whatyou say... : ) But in closing I guarantee you that my judgement is not clouded just because this situation happened to my wife. I have witnessed alot growing up most likely from an enviroment very different from yours but at any rate I always offer law enforcement the utmost respect even to this day if I were to be pulled over ....
Angela Gibbs April 07, 2012 at 09:12 AM
Pete, why do you keep making this same ridiculous statement on every story you see with this man's name on it? As for your wife being "assaulted severely" by Dayle Long, how many officers were actually at the scene? Let me assist - Four? How did your poor, innocent wife react to this "beating?" More assistance - By violently attacking them to the point that one needed medical attention and a new uniform? In your apology to Deputy Sheriff Long, what reason was given for your wife's violent outburst and refusal to cooperate after endangering the lives of the neighborhood school children? Mental/emotional illness?
Devious - 65 April 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
@ Angela, it is not a rediculous statement. these are true facts and its a shame that you claim to know them by guessing since "YOUR WERE THERE, RIGHT..?" Or let me guess you pulled "THE REPORT" from Dayle longs" LIES" that were on his report as I can tell by what you just wrote. You obviously know nothing so why even bother commenting on something you have no experience with. Also I refuse to answer your other rediculous responses since they will only result in arguement over facts you know nothing about. Wait your turn... a Dayle Long will come your way sometime in life if your lucky, then contact me and let me know your feelings then when your innocent and someone wants to give you a beatdown because they have issues. Unfortunately my wifes preminition was correct that in saying to the supervisor of L.E. Pd in charge of Sheriffs that this person Long is a "LOOSE CANNON AND WILL KILL SOMEONE SOMEDAY". Or did you fail to read that part and realize that an innocent life was taken a really good life of a really good human being that deserved to live his life to the fullest. You know nothing about the man he killed and the beautiful family he is from...!!! God only knows we are all not perfect but there are vicioius people out there both out and in uniform. Dayle long was one of them......and will continue to be a monster. Its a shame his previous neighbors won't post anything on here ... .im sure they would paint you a different picture.
dmher November 29, 2012 at 08:00 AM
that was a crazy evening. i on night shift that night @ starbucks
Dirk Diggler May 08, 2013 at 03:16 PM
What a crazy incident. When is the big court date?
Dirk Diggler May 08, 2013 at 03:22 PM
He seemed really sensitive about the quarry. If it went through would it have been a significant amount of jobs and revenue to the county?
Rob Murillo October 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Sam was a good friend of mine.. in fact he was supposed to be at my place that night.. never got a text from him on why he didn't show (which is not like him).. and found out the next morning what had happened through a mutual friend.. I hope this cockroach get punishment to the fullest.. And it Makes me upset to see cockroaches like this as police officers.. RIP Buddy.. I will forever remember the pranks and jokes we shared and played on each other ha ha..


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something