(Woodland, CA) - April 27, 2016 - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that 63-year-old convicted murderer Charles McNeill was denied parole yesterday by a two-commissioner panel of the Board of Parole Hearings. In 1978, McNeill brutally murdered Charles Muller near Davis. Muller was 18 years old when he was shot in the forehead by McNeill who was 25. This was McNeill’s fourteenth parole hearing.
In early 1979 a Yolo County judge sentenced McNeill to 17-years-to-life for the murder after a jury trial. At the hearing, both Commissioners agreed that McNeill would still pose a continued risk to public safety should he be released from prison. Commissioners told McNeill that there wasn't much improvement since his last hearing, that he lacked an expression of real remorse, and that he hadn't completed any real preparation related to getting out.
Kenneth Muller, the victim’s brother, spoke on behalf of the Muller family opposing release. An opposition letter from the family of one of the eye-witnesses was also read. Supervising Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton represented the District Attorney’s Office at the hearing.
Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig stated that he is proud of the efforts of his Lifer Parole Division. “We will continue to honor the memory of the victim, Charles Muller, and do everything we can to support the friends and family who continue to endure the pain of his loss. That is the very least we can do for families who have survived tragedies like this.”
McNeill will be eligible for parole again in three years.