Tuolumne, CA – A homicide investigation was launched after a man was found dead in his home in Columbia on Wednesday, March 15th.
According to reports, an ambulance responded to a call from the area of Calle Quartz Drive, where 63-year-old Ben Lindsey was discovered lying on the ground, deceased. Upon further investigation by the detectives and coroner, it was found that Lindsey was a victim of homicide, and the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Witnesses also reported that Lindsey’s Jeep had been missing for a few days.
Detectives processed the scene and pursued available leads. The detectives learned that the victim’s neighbor and tenant, 63-year-old Jon Starkweather, had recently accommodated his daughter, 28-year-old Sabrina Starkweather, and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Kasual McGuire-Meder.
As detectives followed up on the case, they found that McGuire-Meder had been arrested for an unrelated crime in Washoe County. On Friday, March 17th, detectives arrested McGuire-Meder in the Washoe County Jail, where he was being held. He was booked on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. On the same day, Jon Starkweather was also arrested in the area of Calle Quartz Drive.
He was transported to the Dambacher Detention Center, where he was booked on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, and robbery. An active warrant for the arrest of Sabrina Starkweather was also issued for the crimes of murder and violation of probation.
The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with any information related to this case, or information on Sabrina Starkweather’s whereabouts, is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 209-533-5815.