Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Andrew Wesley Downs Jailed In Christmas Murder Of Beverly Reilly & Kathy Yeager

California--A 20-year-old Atascadero man has been arrested for the double murder of two women on Christmas day.

The suspect, Andrew Wesley Downs, is alleged to have shot and killed sisters Beverly Reilly, 64 and Kathy Yeager, 61 who were said to be visiting relatives on the Santa Margarita Ranch.

According to report by KSBY:

”When another relative entered the home and saw what had happened, he took off running. Downs then got in a truck and started chasing after him. After getting the truck stuck in the mud, Downs took another vehicle, approached at least two other homes, attacked another person, and was eventually subdued by a victim and his son until police got there.”

Downs, who is believed to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia while attending Atascadero High School, had reportedly tried to attack one would-be victim with a pipe wrench.

As already mentioned, that didn’t work out so well as the people in the home were able to subdue him and quickly called police around 3 a.m on the 26th.

Prior to his arrest, Downs had been placed on probation until 2013 for stealing his father's car.

He is now currently residing at the San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail on charges of murder, attempted murder, burglary and assault.


  1. These two women murdered on Christmas Day, were old friends of mine from Tehachapi, CA. It break my heart to hear of their deaths from a tragic and senseless act. CA really needs to revamp their laws regarding mental illness. It's so rigid now, you can't get help for those who really need it.

  2. Does anyone seem to understand the severity of mental illness? It's not something Andrew can turn on and off and until you have had experience with dealing, coping, and understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness whether it's as "simple" as depression or as severe as schizophrenia. Maybe if everyone went out and helped someone who wasn't as fortunate as they are then you would all understand that this kid isn't this serial killer or child rapist who has repeatedly done horrible criminal acts that are taking out human kind or the morality of us all. Every single thing about this situation is terrible, don't get me wrong but every bit of this is extremely unfortunate and we all have to realize that just because you're stuck up on this pedestal because you don't have a mental illness, have been in a situation knowing someone who has one, or can't wrap their mindless brain around what actually comes with having a mental disorder then maybe you all should shut your mouths and read up about the difficultly of living with anything that's even close to it. Do some research then express the reality of it before you go ahead and JUDGE others.

    1. Thank you for your statement! If there was more help for the mentally ill, especially schizophrenia, I know there would be less violence.

  3. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. In his right frame of mind, he would never have harmed anyone. He has some serious problems, but I miss him. Bad.

    1. You know what, "Anonymous"? I MISS MY *AUNTS*, whom your FRIEND murdered in cold blood. Not only were they "nice," but also amazing, hardworking and loving women who had FAMILIES, CHILDREN and GRANDBABIES, and they were productive members of society who took responsibility for their own actions.

      At least you can go visit "one of the nicest people [you] have ever met" at Atascadero State Hospital. My family doesn't have that option anymore because of what "one of the nicest people [you] have ever met" did to them, which was to shoot and kill them both in cold blood... for NO REASON WHATSOEVER.

      So VERY sorry you miss him... "Bad." Breaks my god damned heart.

    2. Go fuck yourself. There were three victims here. Andrew included.

    3. Anonymous I understand pain at losing family members to a violent crime, but telling someone to go fuck themselves because they were making a statement about how they knew the perp makes you the big asshole.


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