A police officer investigating a vacant rental car parked near in a beach parking lot heard a gunshot moments after his arrival. At a nearby picnic bench, the officer found (what was left of) 60 year-old Jerry Wayne Steele. Steele had shot himself in the head and died as a result.
Just hours prior to this, Steele had allegedly showed up at the trailer home Ashley Volore shared with her 14 year-old daughter, and shot both of them in the head. He then fled the residence he had driven some 400 miles to get to, a trailer the pair had moved to in hopes of never having to see Steele again.
On Monday, prosecutors and Steele’s attorney had reached a settlement related to 7 felony counts against him involving molestation of the girl over a 4 year period. The abuse came to light only after Steele held a razor to the girl’s throat, which scared her enough to call her father and spill the beans. Steele was looking at decades behind bars, which is all the more time when you’re 60 years-old. Steele had been a friend of the family. The alleged abuse started after a Christmas parade in San Jose, when Steele molested the girl while driving her home. Another incident described by the girl involved a trip to Disneyland, during which Steele took pictures of the girl with his cellphone, instructing her to expose different body parts. Police found these images when they arrested Steele.Free on $250,000 bail, Steele took off with a .25 caliber handgun and tracked the two down. Police were called after he fled and the best lead they had was a car rental employee who recalled renting to Steele.
The mother is expected to survive, though still in critical condition. The girl, unfortunately, is brain dead and is not expected to live.Tags: Attempted Murder, Jerry Wayne Steele, Sex Offender, Shooting, Suicide