Friday, April 17, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Prosecution opens in ‘thrill kill’ case

By
From page A1 | January 15, 2013 |

VALLEJO — A jury began hearing the prosecution case against a Vallejo woman who faces a pair of murder charges for the 2007 methamphetamine-fueled fatal shootings of two random women – one in Cordelia and one in Dixon.

Opening statements Monday in the trial – expected to take about a month – laid out the details of what the accused, Paige Linville, and her boyfriend did before and after the Nov. 16, 2007, killings of Amber L. Chappell, 34, a transient, and Christina Baxley, 41, of Dixon.

Linville’s defense attorney, Amy Morton, and prosecutor Krishna Abrams agreed on most of the details of events with one major exception: Morton told jurors that Linville’s boyfriend Mario Moreno was the triggerman in both killings, while Abrams told jurors Moreno killed Chappell and Linville took her turn by shooting Baxley.

Linville and Moreno were in Moreno’s car, an Infiniti SUV her parents got for her, in the parking lot of a supermarket in Vallejo after midnight when they were approached by Chappell, who they had never met.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment decision,” Abrams told jurors of the decision the pair, high on methamphetamine, made to kill Chappell. “They picked her out because she was an easy target.”

“They had been up for days on a methamphetamine binge,” Morton told jurors.

Chappell, a regular methamphetamine user who had been looking for a ride after walking from her sister’s home, got in the back seat of the Infiniti and joined the couple for a drive to Cordelia. The drive ended alongside Interstate 680 at the dead end of Ramsey Road, a remote frontage road with the freeway on one side and marshland on the other.

Chappell’s sister later described her sibling as developmentally disabled and very trusting of others.

Linville got Chappell out of the car and a short time later Moreno started shooting. It was around 4 a.m. and Chappell was shot seven times in the head and neck area. Chappell, her body lying face down in the middle of the road, was discovered by a sheriff’s deputy shortly before 5 a.m. Seven shell casings were scattered on the cold, cracked asphalt and a trail of blood flowed from Chappell’s wounds into the nearby mud.

As investigators scrutinized the death scene, Linville and Moreno drove to a Walmart in Fairfield, bought cleaning supplies and went to a car wash where they tried to scrub all evidence of Chappell from the Infiniti. Then they returned to Vallejo.

Morton told jurors that Linville was in “a disassociated stated” during the killings. Linville, wearing a black sweater wrap and glasses, with her long hair pinned up in a tight bun, cried as pictures of the shooting scene were the shown to jurors.

Abrams told jurors that Linville insisted on getting her turn at killing.

“They went on a mission to kill people to see what it would feel like,” she said.

Morton said Linville is the victim of Moreno’s lies and was especially passive because she was the victim of childhood rape.

Linville and Moreno set out a few hours later on a trip that led them to Dixon. They stopped along the way and bought ammo and paper targets before going to Moreno’s relative’s home on Batavia Road, where they could do some target practice. With them, they had a wig for a disguise and tape to cover up the Infiniti’s license plates.

The pair later drove around Dixon, where they used more methamphetamine and spotted a potential target, an unidentified woman waiting at a bus stop. They parked, did some more methamphetamine and then moved in for the kill – only to find their prey was gone, according to Abrams.

A short time later they spotted Baxley, a single mother of two, walking her dog in front of her Valley Glen Drive apartment during a lunch break from her job at the Dixon Tribune newspaper. They drove past her three times, smoked some more methamphetamine and then one of them ran up to Baxley and shot her several times before they drove off.

Later that afternoon, Linville was back at her job at her dad’s veterinary shop in Vallejo.

It would be nearly a month before sheriff’s deputies got a key break in the case.

Moreno’s “other girlfriend” confronted him about the night he spent with Linville. Moreno explained that he was not being unfaithful, he was just committing murders. The other girlfriend then told her mother, who called in a telephone tip to authorities. Moreno and Linville were arrested.

Abrams is set to continue her case Tuesday against Linville when the trial resumes in the courtroom of Judge Allan P. Carter.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Show features 3 men, 21 guitar strings, Bach

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Scores attend workshop on Fairfield Train Station

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 20 Comments | Gallery

Director brings light, humor to ‘Picnic’

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
State moves to install barrier on Delta channel

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Young inventors test catapult-making skills

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Military brats made memories

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
 
Women in Action to host bunco bash

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

Il Fiorello all-in for chocolate favorites

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B3

 
Kroc Center hosts 1st science fair

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Judge provides update on status of Solano courts

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4 | Gallery

County to host warehouse sale of surplus items

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Total Home, Garden and Outdoors Show starts

By Ian Thompson | From Page: B11 | Gallery

 
Weather for Friday, April 17, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

Fairfield police log: April 15, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: April 15, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Office worker arrested for posing as dentist

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Standardized tests to be taken on computers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

National Guardsmen charged with selling arms

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Drought is apparent cause for death of hundreds of elk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Auction house cancels internment camp art auction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
 
Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in ‘under the radar’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Amid chaos, Al-Qaida consolidates hold of Yemen province

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Thousands flee as IS group advances on Iraq’s Ramadi

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Putin confident on economy, offers to mend ties with West

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Coast Guard makes seizure of 14 tons of cocaine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Living

Today in history: Friday, April 17, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 17, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: April 17, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
My son’s new girlfriend is insisting we sever ties with his former flame

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Week in preview April 17-23, 2015

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
 
New ‘Star Wars’ teaser, cast information revealed at event

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Kim Richards of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ arrested

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO with comedy ‘Divorce’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Entertainment Calendar: April 17, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
Ari Millen multiplies as male clones on ‘Orphan Black’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

Prep girls soccer: Breeden lifts Vanden to 1-1 tie with Benicia

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

 
Prep softball: Vikings sail to 12-1 win over Falcons

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

Rodriguez earns 9-6 badminton win over Armijo

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

 
More changes likely for Kings after another losing season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Warriors? Cavs? Spurs again? No clear NBA Finals favorite

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Phelps wins 100 butterfly at 1st meet in 8 months

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

JC baseball: Falcons lose battle for first to Mariners

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

 
Middle School soccer: Green Valley boys, girls sweep PSA

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

Prep swimming: Indians swim well, get swept by Wildcats

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

 
Prep boys golf: Mustangs fall to Crushers in MEL play

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B7

 
NBA players to be tested for HGH starting next season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Reports: Top prospect Kris Bryant headed to the Cubs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Spieth struggles in 1st round after Masters win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
NBA sets attendance record with nearly 22 million fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Jewell Loyd taken first in WNBA draft by Seattle

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Giants rallies fall short in 7-6 loss to Dbacks in 12

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Coroner: Ex-NFL running back’s cellmate death ruled homicide

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Thief steals sneakers from Boston Marathon bombing survivors

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
This date in sports history for Friday, April 17, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Signups for Friday, April 17, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

 
NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

Woman who accused Winston of rape files lawsuit against him

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Business

 
Scion youth looks to sedan, hatchback to revive sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

US home construction off to weak March start

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Apple digs in on green with China solar, US forest projects

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

VW recalls Chrysler-made minivans to fix ignition switches

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Financial incentives OK’d for workplace wellness programs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

.

Obituaries

Richard F. Coleman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Reginald M. Davis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9