Wednesday Apr 01 2009
Police officer’s killer to remain in prison
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Dungan’s appeal denied
A California appeals court upheld the conviction of Eric Dungan, who is serving a 15-years-to-life state prison term for the death of a Rocklin police officer. The court returned their decision Wednesday afternoon following an appeal hearing held March 20. Dungan was convicted of second-degree murder in April 2007 for killing 29-year-old Rocklin Police Officer Matthew Redding when Dungan hit the officer with his truck during a 2005 traffic stop. At the time of the crash, Dungan had a .18 blood alcohol level, which is more than twice the .08 legal limit. Lt. Terry Roide, who was at the scene the night of the accident and went with Redding’s family to the appeal, said he and the department are happy “justice was served.” “It’s a feeling of relief that the appellate court felt the District Attorney’s Office and jury had done everything correct,” Roide said Wednesday. Roide added that the department is happy they can now put the memory of the trial and appeal case behind them. He said they will forever honor Redding, who Roide described as an “inspiration.” “We’ll always remember Matt, but we’re putting that bad chapter behind us and moving on in policing Rocklin and providing the best service we can.” Deputy District Attorney Scott Owens added that the department is satisfied with the outcome. “We’re pleased with the result and hopefully this will give the family some closure and the ability to move on,” Owens said. The sixth annual Run Rocklin to benefit the Matt Redding Foundation will be held April 26. A memorial golf tournament is also held in the summer. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.