Paso Robles murder suspect posts bail, is re-arrested on attempted murder charge

Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, of Paso Robles was arrested Saturday, March 14, 2015, on suspicion of murder. Original story »
Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, of Paso Robles was arrested Saturday, March 14, 2015, on suspicion of murder. Original story »

UPDATE, 11:55 P.M.:

Thomas Nolan Yanaga of Paso Robles was one of three people arrested on attempted murder charges in Kings County in connection with a shooting in Hanford on Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office late Wednesday. 

According to the news release, sheriff's deputies and detectives served search warrants Wednesday at several locations in northern San Luis Obispo County as a follow-up to last month's murder investigation in Paso Robles. The searches were done in Paso Robles at locations on the 200 block of Santa Ysabel Avenue, on the 2200 block of Oak Street and on the 400 block Gahan Place.

No further details were released Wednesday night. 


A Paso Robles man facing a murder charge in San Luis Obispo County was arrested again Wednesday in Kings County on suspicion of attempted murder, just one week after posting bail.

Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, is accused in the March 14 shooting death of Atascadero resident Marshall Chandler Savoy, 32.

Yanaga was released from San Luis Obispo County Jail on April 8 after posting $1 million bail, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

Yanaga was arrested again Wednesday morning in Kings County on suspicion of attempted murder.

Inquiries about his arrest were referred to Kings County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Charles Buhl, who did not return several requests for comment Wednesday.

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham told The Tribune that details were vague Wednesday, but to his knowledge Yanaga and a second person were arrested after shots were allegedly fired at a third person, he said. Cunningham did not have any further information on the incident or the condition of the victim.

Locally, Yanaga was arrested in the early morning hours of March 14 after his wife called 911 to report a shooting at Yanaga’s home in the 400 block of Gahan Place in Paso Robles.

When deputies arrived, they found Savoy lying in a pool of blood in the driveway.

In court, Yanaga’s attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, argued that Yanaga shot Savoy in self-defense after Savoy, allegedly intoxicated, confronted Yanaga inside the home.

Cunningham said a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 20 in Yanaga’s San Luis Obispo County murder case remained on the calendar in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Wednesday. Cunningham added that Kings County authorities could hold Yanaga and try him for the attempted murder charge before his local case continues. However, if Kings County authorities decide to prosecute him there, Cunningham said, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office would file for a bench warrant, meaning Yanaga would be immediately transferred to San Luis Obispo County Jail if he posts bail in Kings County.

According to jail logs, Yanaga remained in custody at the Kings County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.