Woodland Man Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter

Julio Gayton plead no contest and will serve 13 years in prison.

Press Release

(Woodland, CA) – September 3, 2014- District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on August 29, 2014, 27-year-old Julio Gayton of Woodland was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter for killing Woodland man Scott Zumbrum.  In addition to pleading No Contest to the homicide, Gayton admitted an enhancement for using a knife and for having served a prior prison term.

On March 18, 2014, Scott Zumbrum and his girlfriend visited a female friend at a home on Elm Street in Woodland.  A number of people were at the residence at the time, including Gayton.  Zumbrum started arguing with his girlfriend and some of the guests of the home.  Zumbrum and his girlfriend left the residence and returned an hour later.  At that time, Zumbrum, Jesse Tapia and Gayton got into a physical fight.  During the fight, Gayton pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed Zumbrum one time in the chest.  Zumbrum was not armed.  Woodland Police arrested Gayton on March 28, 2014.

Gayton will be sentenced to 13 years in State Prison before the Honorable Stephen L Mock on September 26, 2014 at 8:30 am.