Sonoma County Superior Court this afternoon to first-degree burglary and the stabbing murder of a man during what police say was a dispute about a woman both men knew.A Rohnert Park man pleaded not guilty in
Daniel Dieters, 25, is accused of killing Roy Kauwe, 22, in
Kauwe's Rohnert Park apartment on March 20.
Judge Dana Simonds ruled against a defense motion by defense
attorney Daniel Russo to lower Dieters' bail from no bail to $500,000 and
transferred the case to trial court where a preliminary hearing may be set on
Russo said Dieters' family has ties in Sonoma County and he is not
a flight risk.
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Deputy District Attorney Tashawn Sanders said Dieters faces 25
years to life in prison for the violent stabbing murder and should be held
under no bail.
Rohnert Park Public Safety Department Sgt. Jeff Justice said
Dieters called police around 11:10 p.m. on March 20 and said he had just
killed his friend at the Edgewood Apartments in the 400 block of Laguna
Police contacted Dieters in the parking lot of the apartment
complex when they arrived, then found Kauwe's body in the apartment, Justice
Kauwe suffered multiple stab wounds in the neck area, and a knife
was found near his body, Justice said.
A 23-year-old woman associated with Dieters and Kauwe also was
found outside the apartment, Justice said. She told police she arrived at
Kauwe's apartment just before Dieters called 911, Justice said.
Justice said the murder occurred during a dispute regarding a
relationship both men had with the woman. He said Dieters lived with the
woman and had a relationship with her for several years.
Joe Kauwe, the victim's father, has disputed the characterization
of the slaying as a love triangle murder.
At Dieters arraignment in March he said his son and the
23-year-old woman were friends and both worked at Costco in Rohnert Park, but
that his son was trying to be transferred to a Costco store in Hawaii.
"This is a crime of jealousy. The girl was going with this person
(Dieters) seven years. He (Dieters) went into a rage. The act was hideous,"
Kauwe said his son was 5 feet 9 inches and was slightly built.
Dieters is has a larger build and appeared to be about 6 feet 4 inches this
"He didn't have a chance. He would not have argued with anybody.
He's an incredibly peaceful person," Kauwe said about his son.
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Kauwe said his son worked at Costco for about a year in the deli
and bakery departments and recently got an apartment.
Kauwe said he doesn't know how his son knew Dieters. He said his
son's car broke down and his daughter drove his son and the 23-year-old woman
to his son's apartment.
Rohnert Park police said Dieters lived in an apartment on the same
--Bay City News