An Oakhurst man was booked on charges of murder and attempted murder Wednesday after Madera County sheriff’s deputies found a woman dead and a man injured at a crash on Highway 41 north of Oakhurst.
The man was identified as George Taylor-Windsor, 26. The names of the victims were not released.
Madera County sheriff’s spokesman Bill Ward said deputies learned of the homicide after responding to a call about a man knocking on doors and calling for help just before midnight Tuesday. About the same time, deputies received information about a pickup truck that had slammed into a rock embankment near the turnoff to Bass Lake.
Inside the pickup, they found the dead woman and a man, both of whom had been stabbed. The stabbing victim and a third man, who had been inside the truck, were interviewed by deputies, and the arrest of Taylor-Windsor followed.
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Preliminary autopsy results showed the woman died from multiple stab wounds to the head and torso, the sheriff’s office said late Wednesday.
The murder is the third in the Madera County foothills in four months.
On Oct. 22, two Oakhurst residents – Craig Anthony Fetty, 28, and Tiffany Dambrino, 20 – were arrested for allegedly murdering Dennis Dolan, 68, at his home in Ahwahnee. The two await a preliminary hearing in Madera County Superior Court.
On Aug. 6, Jason Jerome Henderson, 45, of Oakhurst, was stabbed to death during a fight in the lower parking lot of the Silver Creek Shopping Center in Oakhurst. No arrests have been made in that case.
Before this year, the last time murders were investigated in the foothill area was September 2013, when Marc McMurrain and wife Jennifer, then 36 and 32, were arrested and later convicted for murdering Marc’s brother. Marc McMurrain is serving 22 years in state prison, while Jennifer is behind bars for eight years.