Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: Was anyone ever arrested or convicted of the killing of Lori Savala in 1993?
Submitted by: Nmresident, Clovis, N.M.
ANSWER: Luther Dion Foster was arrested in the May 1993 shooting death of 20-year-old Lori Savala, but there is no indication in Sacramento Superior Court online records that he was formally charged with the homicide.
According to stories in The Bee, Savala was shot in the face about 2 a.m. May 25 in the garage of her home in the 3600 block of Cypress Street in Del Paso Heights. Police determined that the shooting resulted from a narcotics deal gone bad and that Savala was dealing rock cocaine.
They said Foster, then 22, and Jerlano Odell Johnson, 16, entered the garage and may have tried to rob Savala.
Foster was arrested at his home a block from the where the shooting occurred.
Johnson was killed four days later in what police said was an unrelated incident. He was shot in a car in the 1200 block of North Avenue by an unidentified gunman.
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