District Attorney

Jamie Pesce


 District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Roy Allen Roth for the March 31, 2015, murder of his wife, Deborah Anne Roth.  On August 1, 2016, the defendant entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder and read a statement regarding the circumstances of the murder in front of a courtroom filled with the friends and family of Deborah Roth.  Roy Allen Roth will be sentenced to 15 years-to-Life on August 22, 2016, in Department 2 of the El Dorado County Superior Court.  

Deborah RothOn April 3, 2015, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received information that Deborah Roth had not been in contact with her friends or family for several days.  When deputies made contact with Roy Roth about his missing wife, he lied to the deputies and told them she had walked away following an argument.  After contact with the defendant, El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives conducted a welfare check on the property off of Latrobe Road, where Roy and Deborah Roth lived, and located the body of Deborah Roth in a shed on the property.  Roy Roth admitted in his statement read before the Honorable Judge Daniel Proud that he struck Deborah and choked her to death during an argument on March 31, 2015.  Roy Roth then admitted that after killing Deborah he put her in the shed and left her there while continuing to have contact with his family and friends.  Roy Roth admitted to continuing to lie about Deborah’s whereabouts to his friends, family and law enforcement. 

The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the California Department of Justice, and was prosecuted by District Attorney Vern Pierson and Deputy District Attorney Jamie Pesce.

Addressing this conviction, District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, “It is our hope that this family can find some peace from knowing Mr. Roth has been held accountable for his actions and has admitted his responsibility for the murder of his wife and mother of his children. Further, our community at large should feel some comfort in knowing the Sheriff's Deputies, Detectives and the District Attorney's Investigators will use all known technology and investigative techniques to tirelessly pursue justice.”