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By Henrietta J. Burroughs
East Palo Alto Today
Posted December 22, 2010


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Gregory Elarms, the 58 year old suspect who was arres-
ted for the murder of David Lewis, was arraigned Tues-
day in the San Mateo County Superior Court.

At the arraignment, Elarms was charged with murder,
with the added charge of lying in wait. Since Elarms is an ex-convict and was in possession of a gun, he now faces life in prison or the death penalty, if he is convicted. 

Elarms’ case will now be turned over to the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, which will appoint him an attorney.

The name of the attorney will be made public in two to three weeks and the next step will be a preliminary hearing.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said that as of last week, Elarms was not on anyone’s radar when he confessed to killing Lewis. Authorities on both sides will be investigating Elarms history very carefully, since his mental state at the time of the murder could be used as a mitigating circumstance to determine the final penalty the prosecution will seek. “There are gradations to evil,” Wagstaffe said.

When asked whether police had stopped looking for any other suspects now that Elarms had been arrested, Wagstaffe said, “We always tell the police, never close the door. We don’t want to convict the wrong man. There is a lot of work to be done. We never close the door.”

In speaking about the possibility of other suspects, San Mateo Police Sergeant Dave Norris said, “Once we determine we have a suspect, there are additional things we do and additional information that we must put together. Sometimes, we find that someone hid a gun or helped a person. Then there are other people arrested."

“This does not mean that there are additional people involved here. We believe Elarms is the sole person involved and acted alone,” Norris said.

Additional article:
San Mateo Police: Making an arrest for murder



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