Two Oakhurst residents were arrested last weekend on charges related to the alleged murder of a 68-year-old man in Ahwahnee.
Craig Anthony Fetty, 28, and Tiffany Dambrino, 20, were arrested Oct. 22. Fetty was charged with murder and is held without bail in Madera County Jail, while Dambrino was charged with burglary, battery, inflicting corporal injury, and unlisted charges. She remains behind bars on $105,000 bail.
The victim, identified as Dennis Dolan, 68, was found unresponsive at around 1:30 a.m. Friday outside his residence in the 41000 block of Road 600, near Highway 49. The death appeared to be a homicide and detectives were called to the scene. Along with tips from the public, detectives tracked down Fetty and Dambrino in connection with the alleged murder.
Dolan appeared to die from blunt force trauma to the head and possible stab wounds, sheriff’s officials said. An autopsy was scheduled for this week. There is no indication that further arrests will be made as detectives continue the investigation, and no motive was released for Fetty and Dambrino’s alleged crimes.
On social media, many expressed anguish at the loss of Dolan; a man they described as having a kind heart.
“My uncle was a kind and generous man who loved the mountains,” Amy Dolan-Asistin said. “We are in shock and will miss him so much.”
“I’m still in shock,” said Tresa Halstead. “I miss him so much I enjoyed helping him out and the fun he and I had when we (picked) peaches from the dead peach tree to make jam and salsa ... I will miss him greatly.”
The murder investigation is the second in Eastern Madera County this year. In August, Jacob Jerome Henderson, 45, died from stab wounds during a fight in the lower parking lot of the Silver Creek Shopping Center along Highway 41 in Oakhurst. No arrests have been made in that case.
Before Henderson’s death, the last reported murder in Eastern Madera County was in September 2013, when Marc McMurrain and his wife Jennifer, then 35 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of murder and accessory in the death of Marc’s 29-year-old brother. Both were convicted, with Marc serving 22 years and Jennifer eight in state prisons.