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Evidence heard in Dalene Carlson murder case
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STOCKTON, CA - A preliminary hearing has begun for Jason Gilley, the man accused of murdering Dalene Carlson last summer.

On the stand today, San Joaquin County Chief Medical Examiner Bennet Omalu testified the cause of death was a bullet wound to the back of the head.  Omalu said two other gunshot wounds to the "trunk" of Carlson contributed to her death. 

Carlson was last seen the night of August 6, after spending the evening with friends at a Stockton bar.  She was seen on camera leaving that bar, and then a short time later at a grocery store, with suspect Gilley.

Carlson's body was found several weeks later in a corn field near the city of Escalon.  Omalu testified that two more bullets were found underneath Carlson's remains, though because of advanced decomposition it wasn't clear if they also had been fired into the victim.

Also on the stand Monday were Carlson's cousin, former boyfriend, and Gilley's uncle who testified that Gilley had access to a family firearm, usually kept in a safe.

Gilley is charged with murder, with the special circumstances of kidnapping and rape.  If he's found guilty, he could be eligible for the death penalty. 

The preliminary hearing is used to determine if a judge believes there's enough evidence to proceed with a trial.  The hearing is supposed to last two or three days.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

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