District Attorney - San Joaquin County


TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

222 E. Weber Avenue
Second Floor, Room 202
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-2400
Fax: (209) 465-0371


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San Joaquin County


 
March 20, 2020

CONTACT: Angela Hayes, PIO, Deputy District Attorney
T (209) 468-2400  | E angela.hayes@sjcda.org

Juries Find Men Guilty of the Separate Brutal Slayings of Two Lodi Residents in 2016

Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that as of Wednesday, March 18, two separate juries found the defendants, Kenneth Vanderford, age 54, Kevin Etherton, age 28, guilty of the following charges:

  • Two counts of Penal Code §187(a) - Murder with special circumstances (burglary and robbery)
  • Two counts of Penal Code §459 - First Degree Burglary
  • Two counts of Penal Code §211 - Robbery
  • Two counts of Penal Code §451 - Arson of an Inhabited Structure

Etherton and Vanderford These crimes occurred on two separate occasions in Lodi, California, when the defendants went on a crime spree stealing from their victims, and then killing them in their own homes. Dorothy Wiederrich, age 74, was stabbed ten times on February 12, 2016, and Alan Gregor, was stabbed nine times and then his home was set on fire on September 25, 2016. 

"We are extremely grateful for the hard work of these jurors who diligently executed their duty to deliberate in a fair and impartial manner. These outstanding citizens of San Joaquin County took their time and did not rush to judgment despite the ever increasing concern of the Covid-19 virus," said District Attorney Salazar. "This office will continue to serve and protect the citizens of this county under any and all circumstances and will continue to seek justice for all."  

The defendants will be sentenced on June 1, 2020, before the Honorable Seth Hoyt who presided over the dual-jury trial. 

District Attorney Salazar appreciates the hard work and dedication of Deputy District Attorney Kevin Mayo and Paralegal Mikko Young, and, of course, the relentless investigation by the Lodi Police Department, in particular, Homicide Detective Erika Urrea.