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.
In footage from about 9:35 p.m. that night time, the sufferer could possibly be seen operating out of her dwelling and yelling for assist, with Yeager chasing and catching as much as her, in accordance with police. The 2 went out of view of the neighbor’s safety digicam, and reappeared with the sufferer strolling away from Yeager, who then grabbed her by her shoulders.
The affidavit states that the video confirmed Yeager bodily guiding her again to their dwelling, with the sufferer repeatedly asking Yeager if he was “taking me again so you’ll be able to beat me to loss of life?” Yeager is later seen bodily blocking the sufferer’s path to a parked automotive, adopted by each individuals going again inside.
Jail data present that Yeager was arrested and booked into jail on Jan. 11 in reference to the suspected domestic-violence encounter proven within the video footage. Two days later, the affidavit states that in a police interview Yeager “admitted to strangling his spouse” to loss of life with a rope the night time of Dec. 31, “after which disposing of her physique within the Santa Cruz Mountains.”
On Saturday, authorities went to a distant space off Summit Highway, which is the place investigators decided Yeager had gone to earlier this yr. There they discovered human stays “believed to be that of Daybreak Yu.” These stays have been positioned within the custody of the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Workplace the subsequent day.
The county Division of Household and Youngsters’s Providers has been summoned to make sure the protection of the couple’s youngsters, police stated.
Anybody with details about the case can contact Detective Mike Birley at 408-827-3219 or electronic mail [email protected].