DA Drops Homicide Charge in Suspected Santa Ynez Murder
By the edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office has dropped charges for a Santa Ynez homicide due to new information.
On Friday, District Attorney Joyce Dudley's office released a statement on the October 8, 2022 death of 72-year-old Terry Lee Wilson.
Rylen Quinn Svane-Morris, 26-years-old from Lancaster, was arrested and charged with murder four days after Wilson's death.
"Due to new information regarding Terry Wilson’s cause of death, the People cannot proceed with the homicide case against Rylen Quinn Svane Morris at this time. Therefore, the People have dismissed the First Amended Complaint in case 22CR07277," Dudley's office stated.
No further information was provided in the District Attorney's statement, although Svane-Morris' defense attorney's claimed he was invited into the home and Wilson had serious health issues with his heart.
On October 8, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office stated they responded to the1000-block of Jason Way for an unknown emergency. Wilson was declared deceased at the scene.
Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
The suspect, later identified as Svane-Morris, fled the scene prior to the deputies' arrival and public assistance was requested to find him. He was described as armed and dangerous, possibly driving a stolen blue 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
On October 12, the Sheriff's Office announced Svane-Morris was arrested in Santa Cruz for the murder of Wilson. He was booked at the Northern Branch Jail for a no-bail homicide warrant with the potential of additional charges.
[Ed Note: This article has been updated with additional information]
- October 8, 2022: Homicide Investigation in Santa Ynez