Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Serratto released a statement on October 10 announcing that Jesus Manuel Salgado is facing four counts of First Degree Murder with Special Circumstances. Special Circumstances means “the deaths were committed in relation to a kidnapping” and there were multiple murders in the same instance.
Salgado is the man accused of the murder of Jasdeep Singh, his wife Jasleen Kaur, their baby, 18-month-old Aroohi Dheri, and Singh’s brother, Amandeep Singh. Salgado was a former employee of Jasdeep Singh, who owned Unison Trucking in Merced, California.
Salgado was also charged with arson for the destruction of a pickup truck used in the kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Salgado is an ex-con who served 10 years for a 2005 home invasion robbery with a gun, witness intimidation and attempted false imprisonment. The victims in that crime were not harmed. He was released from prison in June 2015.
District Attorney Kimberly Lewis will not make a decision in 2022 about the use of the death penalty in this case, but has reserved the right to hold hearings at a later date. While California is a death penalty state, both Governor Gavin Newsome and the Federal District Court have both placed injunctions blocking its use.