Sacto 9-1-1
April 14, 2010
Grass Valley man arrested in connection to 'marijuana transaction gone bad'

By Barbara Barte Osborne
Bee correspondent

NEVADA CITY -- A Grass Valley man, Louis Riley James, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of homicide in connection with the death of Kenneth William Painter of Nevada City.

James, 35, had been under surveillance as a "person of interest" in the case and was arrested in a traffic stop shortly after he was seen leaving his home, according to a news release from Sheriff Keith Royal.

A search of the home resulted in evidence, including a large quantity of marijuana and a handgun, implicating James' involvement in the homicide, as did statements obtained during the investigation, the release said.

"Based upon information developed, it appears Mr. Painter's death was the result of a marijuana transaction gone bad," Royal said in the release.

Painter, 53, was reported missing April 7. His vehicle, with evidence officers said indicated foul play, was discovered April 8 and a search team found his body in a remote area of Nevada City April 9.

James is being held without bail at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City pending arraignment.

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