STOCKTON, CA - At another arraignment court appearance for Jason Gilley, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau made it clear this is a potential death penalty case.
Although the actual decision on whether to pursue the death penalty against Gilley won't come for several, if not many weeks, Himelblau said various court rules come into play, and this case falls into that category.
Gilley is accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 23-year-old Dalene Carlson after they were seen leaving a bar together in early August. Carlson's body was found in a cornfield near Escalon in October.
Carlson's aunt, Margaret Baker, attended Monday's hearing, and afterwards said she favors the death penalty.
"It's hard to say he doesn't deserve anything less. He said he didn't have anything to do with her, but he lied and lied and lied. He does deserve the death penalty," said Baker.
Gilley still hasn't entered a plea and is being represented by a public defender. He returns to court Nov. 21.