SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Glenn Co DA: More Time Needed in 2 Deadly, High-Profile Cases

It's been more than a year since three people were killed in two separate, suspected DUI car crashes in Glenn County. The District Attorney says he needs more time for research and evidence collection in order to move forward.

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 5:50 PM

Shawntre Tillis is an inmate in Butte County Jail.

Tillis, 23, faces felony gun charges in connection to a party in Chico in May.  Police said officers were called to that party on West 8th Street on a noise complaint, when they noticed Tillis was carrying a gun in his waistband. He was charged with 'Possession of a Concealed Firearm in public,' 'Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person,' and having outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $25,000.

This was not the first time Tillis was accused in a crime. The Antioch man was arrested in March 2017, accused of driving drunk, and causing a chain reaction crash that killed an Oregon man and his son.  According to the California Highway Patrol, Isidro Garcia and his family were returning home from a trip to Disneyland when, as they drove north on I-5 through Glenn County, Tillis, who was headed south, hit the back of another car, causing that car to cross the median and strike the Garcia family’s van.  Isidro Garcia, 26, and his son Fabian, 2, died at the scene.

Now, thirteen months later, many people are asking why Tillis has not been charged in the deadly crash.

Glenn County District Attorney Dwayne Stewart says his small office is busy. He says there are three lawyers on staff, including himself. He handles all the homicides. And on his desk? Twenty-eight homicide cases-a heavy workload for an office that usually has one every few years. “We're dealing with more than we're used to. For some reason, it's just exploded here in Glenn County,” Stewart explains.

Stewart is dealing with another high-profile case.  In January 2017, popular Pleasant Valley High School teacher and coach Brett Silva was killed in an alleged DUI crash on Highway 32.  The CHP report shows Ramon Barrera, 26, was arrested, accused of driving with a mix of drugs in his system.  Without going into too much detail so as not to jeopardize the case, Stewart says he’s working with experts to determine “where are the holes, and where can we get to with what evidence we have.”

Stewart says he has been in touch with the Garcia and Silva families to reassure them he’s working on their loved ones’ cases. Says Stewart, “The easy answer is ‘driving under the influence.’ That's easy. But that's three years. It's a way too small amount of time to send somebody away for the loss of life here.”

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 546814

Reported Deaths: 10133
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2042584919
Riverside40452799
Orange38754704
San Bernardino34939497
San Diego31127583
Kern22009160
Fresno16625157
Alameda12884206
San Joaquin12119192
Santa Clara11336196
Sacramento10544155
Tulare10475196
Imperial9601240
Stanislaus9408151
Contra Costa8760136
Ventura803582
San Francisco732664
Santa Barbara665268
San Mateo5978120
Marin525778
Monterey515635
Merced485562
Kings445356
Solano395939
Sonoma335844
Madera226736
Placer209920
San Luis Obispo204716
Yolo166042
Santa Cruz12294
Butte10608
Napa104610
Sutter8936
El Dorado7161
San Benito6994
Lassen6380
Yuba5724
Shasta4119
Mendocino36310
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3211
Humboldt2804
Tehama2711
Lake2202
Amador1620
Mono1531
Tuolumne1472
Calaveras1361
Del Norte960
Siskiyou920
Inyo863
Mariposa602
Plumas340
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 86°
Paradise
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Red Bluff
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 86°
Willows
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 86°
After a couple days of comfortably cooler than average weather around northern California, highs rose rapidly to more seasonable levels this afternoon. The warming trend will continue through the weekend, too.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events