Mendocino murder suspect arrested in South Lake Tahoe
A sixth subject in the murder of a Mendocino County, Calif., pot grower was arrested Friday in South Lake Tahoe after being spotted in Stateline casinos late last year.
According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, Jesse Cole Wells, 33, of Laytonville, Calif., was the subject of a three-month manhunt in the beating death of Jeffery Quinn Settler on Nov. 11, 2016.
Mendocino detectives traveled to Stateline where Wells was spotted frequenting the casinos. With the help of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they discovered he had been in the casinos, but didn’t find him then.
On Thursday, South Lake Tahoe Police confirmed Wells’ location. Members of the South Lake Tahoe SWAT team served a warrant on the location, taking Wells into custody at 4 p.m. Friday. He was booked into El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $650,000, where he awaits transfer to Mendocino County.
According to the Mendocino County Sheriff, Wells was one of seven marijuana trimmers who allegedly returned to the victim’s property to steal processed marijuana. More than 100 pounds of the drug were taken in the theft.
The seventh subject remains at large, according to the sheriff’s department.