February 21, 2024

LOS GATOS — A person has been jailed and charged with homicide after he apparently confessed to strangling his spouse with a rope and dumping her physique within the Santa Cruz Mountains, in accordance with authorities and courtroom paperwork.

John Maxey Yeager, 56, has been charged with one depend of homicide and a depend of felony false imprisonment in reference to the loss of life of 40-year-old YingYing “Daybreak” Yu, in accordance with police and a prison grievance filed Tuesday, at some point shy of Yeager’s 57th birthday.

Yeager was being held with out bail within the Santa Clara County Principal Jail, and was arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

In the course of the temporary arraignment in a San Jose courtroom, Yeager was appointed authorized counsel from the county public defender’s workplace. Choose Audra Ibarra ordered that Yeager stay in jail with out bail at the very least till his subsequent courtroom listening to, scheduled for March 15.

Ibarra additionally accredited no-contact protecting orders for 4 minors; primarily based on the courtroom dialogue, they’re presumably the kids of Yeager and the sufferer. A fifth unnamed particular person was additionally granted a protecting order from Yeager.

Yeager’s solely phrases in courtroom have been in response to Ibarra asking if he understood the situations of the protecting orders: “Sure I do.”

In line with a possible trigger affidavit from Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police, the sufferer was reported lacking Jan. 8 by a co-worker who had not heard from her or seen her come to work within the new yr. The co-worker informed police that her husband, Yeager, “had supplied an uncommon clarification for her absence,” however that cause was not included in courtroom paperwork filed this week.

A missing-persons investigation was launched, and officers obtained home-security video from a neighbor of the couple’s Hershner Courtroom dwelling, the affidavit states. Police added in a information launch Tuesday that the investigation turned up proof of a domestic-violence altercation on Dec. 31.