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More charges in fatal shooting of Mantecan

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POSTED July 3, 2013 2:41 a.m.

STOCKTON – The man accused of murdering the  51-year-old father of four had a slew of additional charges filed against him after appearing in a Stockton court Tuesday morning.

Michael Lee Roessler, 23, was already being held on charges of willful, deliberate, premeditated murder after allegedly shooting Michael Lawrence twice in the chest and once in the head when a dispute turned violent last weekend in the Weatherbee Lake neighborhood just outside of Manteca.

Judge Franklin Stephenson on Tuesday, told Roessler – who was also initially being charged with conspiracy and illegal use of a firearm during the commission of a crime – that he racked up six additional felony charges that included assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer and illegal possession of a firearm.

Christopher Oliver, the 36-year-old Manteca man that was reportedly shot twice accidentally by Roessler during the melee and is facing the same premeditated murder charge, also received an additional felony accusation of assault against a person with a firearm.

The official story of what transpired and what led-up to the deadly exchange – which allegedly took place in front Lawrence’s 8-year-old daughter – hasn’t been provided by either the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department or the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.

The case took a bizarre turn when Assistant District Attorney filed a complaint in the initial court appearance of Roessler and Oliver that also accused 22-year-old Justin Wilson of the same murder. Wilson he had been arrested the same night that the incident occurred on an on-related charge for what is believed to be in possession of an illegal handheld weapon. He was not in custody when the murder charges were filed.

Manteca Police officers took him into custody on Monday. He is now being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Another man, Fernando Delgado, is also being held without bail in conjunction with the murder on charges of accessory after the fact.

Roessler, Oliver and Delgado are all set to appear before Stephenson in Department 35 of San Joaquin Superior Court on Monday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. No court date has been made public for Wilson.



To contact Jason Campbell, e-mail jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call (209) 249-3544.

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