Sheriff's deputies make arrest in fatal beating

Oct 19, 2015 7:45 PM by News Staff

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of a man near the Butte-Yuba County line Saturday night.

Justin Joseph Jagears, 33, of Rackerby, was arrested hours after the alleged beating on a charge of voluntary manslaughter, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.

At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hang-up from the 10000 block of Melanese Lane. They discovered 50-year-old Jerry Elordieta, of Rackerby dead on the front porch.

An investigation into the death led to Jagears, who authorities say struck Elordieta at least 3 times with his elbow and fist during a fight.

Jagears is being held at the Yuba County Jail on $500,000 bail.


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