Dakota Danial Hayward (shown in the photo) was arrested at a residence in Coffee Creek, north of Trinity Center, for the murder of William “Billy” Foster, according to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office. Foster was found deceased at his residence in Trinity Center by Sheriff's Deputies on Jan. 18 after the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting a shooting at the residence. Subsequent investigations led to the identification and arrest of Dakota Hayward, age 21, as the murder suspect. The press release appears below.
Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated January 20, 2014:
On January 18, 2014 at approximately 10:00 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call for medical aid stating that a male adult had been shot at a residence on the corner of Maude and Airport Road in Trinity Center. When Investigators and Deputies arrived on scene they located the victim identified as William “Billy” Foster deceased at his residence in Trinity Center. The reporting party for the medical aid was located and interviewed. A suspect was identified as Dakota Danial Hayward of Trinity Center. Investigators received information that Hayward was at a residence in Coffee Creek north of Trinity Center. Deputies located Hayward at that residence in Coffee Creek and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators have interviewed Hayward and other witnesses to the crime. Motive or any other specific details will not be released at this time as to not compromise the investigation.
Dakota Hayward was booked into the Trinity County Jail on 187(a) PC – Murder. He is still currently in custody without bail.