It has now been more than five months since Brandon Pacheco, 25, was shot and killed by homeowner Robin Boyer, 58, on July 23 of last year.
Charges have yet to be filed in the controversial shooting, which sparked local debate about property rights and the defense of property. Pacheco's family has begun collecting signatures imploring the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office to move forward with legal action.
Pacheco was allegedly trespassing on Boyer's property prior to being shot, and had previously stolen items from Boyer. But Pacheco's sister, Shannon Pacheco, says Brandon Pacheco was shot in the back of the head as he was running away from Boyer, on a property next to Boyer's.
Brandon Pacheco's extensive family says that they have steadily grown impatient and frustrated with the legal process to arrest Boyer and charge him with murder.
“I hate this I would never wish this on anyone. I actually don’t even want his family to hurt this way but he did this he needs to pay for the choice he made, my brother paid with his life for his choices, this man needs to go to jail,” Shannon Pacheco said.
Turlock Police Department Detective Brandon Bertram, who is handling the investigation, says TPD is waiting on further evidence and reports from the Department of Justice. Bertram would not comment as to what kind of evidence they are waiting for, because the information would possibly allow Boyer to make adjustments to his defense strategy.
Shannon Pacheco launched a petition drive at www.change.org on Sunday, entitled “Stanislaus District Attorney: Get Justice for Brandon Pacheco.”
“Brandon Pacheco was brutally shot at twice with a shotgun and murdered by Robin Boyer while running away from his property on Diane Dr. In Turlock California on July 23, 2013,” the petition reads. “Lets help his family get the closure and justice they deserve. Robin Boyer took the law into his own hands and is absolutely not a responsible gun owner! This man needs to pay for the choice he made to take Brandons life!!”
The petition can be found at http://chn.ge/1iJKa7s. More than 50 people signed the petition within the first 24 hours. As of this article posting, 279 people have joined the cause.