On July 23rd, 2020

California DOJ Bureau of Forensic Services’ DNA Analysis Key in Shasta County Murder Conviction

REDDING – On July 22, 2020, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office announced that  a jury found Morgan Eddy guilty of first degree murder for the April 2016 stabbing death of Pete Jeppesen  in Redding. Eddy was originally convicted at a jury trial in 2017. However, a court of appeal overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial.

In its press release, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office reported that “Criminalists from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services provided key DNA analysis, which was presented at trial.”

“We are so proud of the California DOJ criminalists that we represent and are in constant awe of the work they conduct at labs throughout the state,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “Investigators depend on their work to move investigations forward, and attorneys depend on them in court to testify in a clear and understandable manner for jurors.  They do an incredible job.”

Eddy is scheduled to be sentenced on August 14th and is facing 26 years to life in state prison.

The case was investigated by the Redding Police Department. RPD Investigator Mike DiMatteo was the lead investigator on the case. The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna, and Senior Advocate Barbara Dorris of the District Attorney’s Crime Victims Assistance Center assisted the victim’s family through the court process.



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