Jason Thompson, left, and Malik Howse were arrested Friday night in connection with a fatal shooting last weekend. Jason Thompson, 21, of Fairfield, was jailed on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the April 19 shooting death of Gustavo Banda, 27, of Fairfield, and the wounding of a 15-year-old boy who was also shot, police said. Malik Howse, 20, of Fairfield, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime and for alleged possession of a stolen firearm.


Suspects in Travion killing make first appearances

By From page A1 | April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Two men Fairfield police link to the April 19 shooting death of Gustavo Banda, 27, a father of two from Fairfield, made their first court appearances Tuesday.

Jason Thompson, 21, of Fairfield, did not enter pleas to a murder charge or to four attempted-murder charges arising from the shooting at a Travion Court apartment complex. Instead, his defense attorney, Tim Pori, had his client’s arraignment postponed until May 12.

Thompson was followed by Malik Howse, 20, of Fairfield, who faces a felony charges of being an accessory to a murder and possessing a stolen firearm.

Howse also did not enter pleas. He was also ordered back to court May 12. Judge Wendy G. Getty did order Howse’s bail be reduced from $1 million to $25,000.

Both men were arrested Friday at a duplex on Vel Place.

Authorities had been looking for Thompson since September 2013, when he skipped a court appearance for a pending felony gun possession case. Thompson was arrested three months earlier at a West Texas Street motel after police stopped him and did a putdown search, and said they found he had a loaded gun and several Vicodyn tablets.

After his arrest at the motel, Thompson posted $55,000 bail bond, which included Banda’s sister as a cosigner. The sister said Tuesday that the bond had nothing to do with the shooting and that she had no idea why her brother had been killed.

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Jess Sullivan

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

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  • Snuggle bunnyApril 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Wow bail from 1 million dropped to 25,000 !!!!! How convient be back on the street in no time????

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  • SammyApril 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Wow she bailed her brothers murderer out!wow great job

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Please explain why the bail was reduced!! Maybe the judge should be recalled!" How we going yo stop crime with this going on .

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  • LilApril 30, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    So the sister of the victim is bailing out the suspect? Weren't these people the same ones that was going on about how wonderful their brother was and how he had kids and blah blah blah. It turns out the sister is involved with one of the guys suspected of killing him. This is messed up.

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Could one of our D/ R reporters please interview this judge and ask what was she thinking? If she refuses to answer please let us readers know . this is appaluing! I'm suprised I do not see any other comments on it.

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  • HorseApril 30, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    I would love to know why the bail was reduced so dramatically...??? It just goes to show you that when trying to fight crime it takes the collaborative effort of ALL law enforcement. The reduction in bail must have been disheartening to the DA's office. There was an effort to keep these guys off the street and then the bail was reduced. SMH.

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Lil. I didn't catch that the sister of the victim bailed him out . what in the world is going on here. If anyone knows please clue us in. Makes no sense

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  • Answer...April 30, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    The article says sister bailed him out after arrest at motel. That was original offense for whih he ended up getting warrant, not current murder charge.

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  • LilApril 30, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    Yeah, she had bailed him out of jail before her brother was killed for a prior arrest. But she obviously knew him, was involved with him, and he ended up being the main suspect in killing her brother.

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  • TREApril 30, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    If he bails, he needs an ankle bracelet, otherwise, just like his accomplice, HE IS GOING TO RUN!!!!

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Maybe we could get an investigative reporter from one of the news stations to look into this case and judge. I like ABC 7 Dan noyes

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  • HorseApril 30, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Clancy, can we please? It seems as though the judicial bench is pro-defense these days. I can hardly stomach it.

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    I will try to call ABC 7 tomorrow I have never done anything like that begoteso will see how it goes. We should all start calling our favorite need stations and try to get more coverage on this.

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    News stations stupid auto correct! Or maybe its my typing on a cell phone. Anyway aren't judges elected? Can't they be recalled?

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  • HorseApril 30, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Yes,they are elected. In the case of Getty, she was originally appointed but her election time will come. Not all judges on the Solano bench are bad but the one's that are pro-defense an/or are too liberal like Healy need to think long and hard before reducing bail, dismissing cases and gratuitously siding with the defense. These criminals rely on it once they find out they can get away.

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  • Jose MadreApril 30, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Apparently my comment earlier was removed. So, how's this?: Hang these thugs publicly to deter more violence. As soon as they're found guilty, walk them outside, shackled and hang them.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 30, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    This isn't North Korea or a South American junta cowboy.

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Jose one could only hope !

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  • clancyApril 30, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Horse .. Thank you for your answer . I really was not sure.

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  • CeaseJuly 01, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    The bail was reduced because obviously he wasn't there during the murder what happened to innocent until proven guilty....

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