Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, June 30th) in Sutter County Superior Court. He is the stepson of the murder victim, Elmer McDonald. McDonald's wife, Lela Kathryn McDonald is charged only as an accessory to the crime at this time. Both are being held at this time today in Sutter County Jail on $250,000 bail each.
Investigators seem to believe that the murder happened at Lela and Elmer McDonald's mobile home in West Sacramento. Elmer's arms, head and a leg were found at or near Beer Can Beach in Sutter County, while his torso was found in the river in Sacramento County. Law enforcement first encountered Michael Gold near Beer Can Beach back in November, just days before the leg was found.
I still have a lot of questions about this case and I'm hoping that as time goes on some of them will be answered. One big question I have right now has to do with jurisdiction. If Elmer McDonald was murdered by Michael Gold in West Sacramento, wouldn't the murder case be "theirs"? There are three different counties involved in this case:
- Yolo County, which is where Elmer McDonald lived and allegedly was murdered.
- Sacramento County, where the torso was found.
- Sutter County, where a leg, two arms and a head was found.
I'll update again if more information becomes available.
Previous blog posts on the case:
Body Parts on a Beach? Mystery time!
Body Parts ~ Mystery Solved?
Body Parts ~ Mystery Update
Appeal Democrat ~ UPDATE: Body parts suspect booked on murder charge
CBS 13 ~ Sutter Co. Body Parts Suspect Facing Murder Charge