A Humboldt County man could be sentenced to death if found guilty of federal
charges that he murdered a worker at his marijuana farm.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Mikal
Xylon Wilde of Eureka on charges of murder during a narcotics offense and other
drug and gun offenses.
Wilde remains jailed in Humboldt County, where he faced state charges over the
alleged August 2010 shooting at the Kneeland-area marijuana grow.
The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that other workers, including one who was
shot in the face, testified during a September preliminary hearing that Wilde
opened fire after they quit and demanded to be paid.
Wilde pleaded not guilty at the time of the preliminary hearing. He has yet to
appear in federal court.
Death penalty sought for man accused of killing ex while she worked at Calif.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his
ex-girlfriend with a shotgun blast as she worked in a toll booth at a San
Francisco Bay-area bridge.
Nathaniel Burris of Richmond also is accused of killing a friend of the woman
in a nearby parking lot.
Contra Costa County prosecutors announced their decision Wednesday against the
Burris is accused of killing Deborah Ross while she worked in a booth at the
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in August 2009. The other alleged victim
was Ross’ friend Ersie Everette III, a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit.
Prosecutor Harold Jewett cited the cold-blooded nature of the crimes for the
death penalty decision. It would be the 1st time Contra Costa County has sought
the death penalty in 6 years.
Burris is scheduled to go to trial in September.
(source for both: Associated Press)