Elk Grove Man Found Guilty of Murdering Father with Axe

Darrell Alvin DeWitt will be sentenced Nov. 16.

A 20-year-old Elk Grove resident has been found guilty of murdering his father with an axe inside their old town Elk Grove apartment in 2011, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Darrell Alvin DeWitt lived with his brother and father,  In September of 2011, the father and son argued and the father told the younger Darrell DeWitt that he would have to move out.

"After having the other brother leave the apartment, the defendant proceeded to brutally attack his father with a double-bladed ‘battle’ axe while he was seated and resting in his bedroom," the district attorney's office said in a press release. "The defendant then went about his business and partied inside the apartment for 30 hours before admitting to his brother the next evening that he had killed his father."

When police arrived on the scene, the younger DeWitt "stabbed himself multiple times," the press release states.

The younger DeWitt waived his right to a jury trial, and was found guilty of premeditated and deliberated murder by Judge Marjorie Koller, according to the press release.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison, and will be sentenced Nov. 16 in Sacramento County court. He is currently being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail.


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