A criminal complaint filed by the Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster indicates Willits man Christopher Wayne Gamble has been formally charged with the murder of two men while using a handgun and also animal abuse involving hurting or killing chickens. The criminal complaint states these crimes were “connected together in their commission.”
The criminal complaint accuses Gamble of killing two men in the first degree, Ulises Andrade Ayala and Anwar Ayala, using a firearm. Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute indicates first-degree murder is the “intentional killing of another person by someone who has acted willfully, deliberately, or with planning.”
Gamble faces a third count of animal abuse from what the criminal complaint alleges as the intentional maiming, mutilating, torturing, or wounding of chickens.
The public first became aware of criminal happenings when the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on Monday, April 26, 2021 when deputies were investigating a “suspicious double missing persons case” on a Willits cannabis grow near the 20000 block of Timber Road.
The following day, a press release revealed deputies had located the “deceased bodies of two unidentified persons” on the Willits marijuana farm.
Attempting to understand more about the circumstances surrounding the killings, MCSO Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten said the department is “unable to release any further information at this time due to ongoing investigations.”
Christopher Wayne Gamble will face arraignment on May 11 at 9:00 a.m. and he has requested to hire an attorney.