Jury Settles on a Verdict in Kyle Jacobs Trial

The jury is scheduled to read their verdict at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

After a day and a half of deliberations, the jury in the case of a Diamond Bar man accused of killing his former roommate announced they reached a verdict.

That verdict will be read 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to court officials.

The case was handed over to the jury on Tuesday afternoon after several days of testimony.

Jurors will decide the fate of 26-year-old Kyle Jacobs. He is accused of murdering his former roommate, 39-year-old Ryan Modica, on the morning of April 7, 2011. He could face first or second degree murder. Jurors also have the option to convict of manslaughter.

Modica and Jacobs had been close friends at one time. But methamphetamine use, drug sales, and late rent put a strain on the friendship. And in March, Christine Jacobs, the home’s owner and the defendant’s mother, evicted Modica from the house in the 1100 block of North Del Sol Lane.

That created tensions that exploded the morning of the shooting when officials say Modica confronted Kyle Jacobs in front of the home’s garage. Jacobs shot Modica in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun after the former roommate threatened him with a metal hammer, according to Jacobs’ testimony.

He claims self-defense. But prosecutors insist Jacobs fired out of anger and because he refused to back down from a fight.

The verdict is scheduled to be read at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. M at the Pomona Superior Court.

eddie June 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Since when is self defence murder? If an individual with a history of violence and drug use threatens you and your family and they actually show up at you home with a weapon. What choices do you have? Seems like there are 2 choices sit in jail or hope this person doesnt beat you and your family to death with a hammer. Its a sad day
Steff A. June 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
You should probably learn more about the story and how people cry "self defense" when in fact they could have "self defended" in a non-lethal way. Read about how Kyle Jacobs had three different versions of what happened: http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/new-interviews-and-information-cause-postponement-of-kyle-jacobs-murder-trial And reports that Ryan Modica had "violent" incidents like road rage with an off-duty police officer http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/defense-rests-in-kyle-jacobs-murder-case , well I have had a bit of road rage myself, so does that mean if I have a hammer in my hand and I raise it in the air you should shoot me in the face with a shotgun? How about shooting me in the leg instead?
Danny Mac June 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
You raise a hammer to me, im shooting you as well if a gun is in my reach. I dont have time to think of non lethal ways to diffuse a situation with a man with a hammer. A shotgun sounds like a pretty good idea to me. He was evicted. He no longer lived there, its his choice he decided to show up with a hammer. deal with the consequences.
Steff A. June 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Read the articles. Kyle had received a call the night before and had an idea that Ryan was coming over. The shotgun was loaded and ready, casings strewn about the house. Let's all go run out and buy shotguns to deal with the people in our lives who we are afraid of. We don't know the whole story. You raise a shotgun to me, I might raise my hammer to you. Sadly, you don't bring a hammer to a gun fight. Read Kyle's three different descriptions of what he did. He appears to have been lying in wait, looking for any reason to shoot. We'll find out what the jury decides soon enough. (And when police use lethal force, the public is typically outraged that they didn't shoot to injure instead of shooting to kill.) And did he show up with the hammer, or was it one of the tools that he believed to be his that was still at the residence? We don't know all of the details exactly, but again, if I raise a hammer at you while standing 5ft away, will you shoot me in the head?
Danny Mac June 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
If you threaten me with and show me a hammer and raise it anywhere in my general direction, then yes, i would shoot you in the head. We dont know all the details but you sure are speaking like you do. All you seem to be doing is defending why the guy came back to the residence that he no longer lived at. I enjoy your skepticism.
Steff A. June 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I've done my research and been following this since it happened on April 7, 2011. I know as much as the media allows me to know. But I would never aim for anyone's head on purpose. Since I don't own a gun or have access to one, I would have to use a chair, a lamp, a knife. The jury made a decision based on more evidence than any of us are privy to. Hopefully it was a just decision and the judge will sentence accordingly. I was trying to open up the discussion to include more than just this fatal incident. You would honestly shoot a 5'2" woman in the head if I held up a hammer in your general direction? You seem violent. I hope I never run into you in my lifetime and I hope that you don't kill someone one day and find yourself on trial. All you seem to be doing is defending the guy who had a shotgun and then used it to shoot a man in the head.
Michelle July 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'm sorry Dear you can't believe everything you read. My parents live across the street and I was there the week before. I personally knew Motis and he was not a good guy. He bragged about hurting people and his ability to beat them to a bloody pulp. Just because you "follow" a story on the web doesnt mean you know what went on. It was self defense. Kyle is a good person, and he felt trapped and scared for himself and his mom.
Steff A. July 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM
If you meant to say you personally knew Ryan Modica, then I would like to hear more. I went to high school with Ryan and his sister (who I keep in touch with), so my info isnt solely from the internet. Did Ryan "brag" or did he follow thru? I've said and heard many things in my life, but words do not kill people.
Michelle July 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Well he bragged about how he beat up that cop- that he did prison time for- and the other guy that he beat up- and did prison time for. So the answer to your question is yes to both- because obviously he hurt people and went to prison for it. And he PERSONALLY told ME that had those people not pulled him off of that cop he would have killed him. He was INTENTIONALLY trying to kill him. After he told me that story I stayed away. I wouldn't go near the garage when he was there. That is a scary person. You can believe what you want but he wasn't a good person. He thought it was fun to hurt people. He smiled and laughed when he talked about beating guys up and bragging that he has the ability to kill someone with his bare hands. He robbed people and did drugs. He was no saint and I know that people like to forget all the bad stuff when someone dies but honestly if he had hurt Kyle or his mom, Motis would have been incarcerated for life as it would have been his 3rd strike.
Michelle July 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Words don't kill people true but when you have PREVIOUS ACTIONS to backup your threats then those threats have to be taken seriously.
Steff A. July 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
No matter how "threatening" someone may be, my argument is that Kyle shouldn't have shot Ryan (Modica not Motis) in the face. If Kyle was truly threatened, he should have called the cops and not have been waiting in his garage with a loaded weapon. Shoot to protect, don't shoot to kill unless there is absolutely no other option. If our solution to threatening or violent people is to kill them, then I would have killed a few already. What about you? Have you ever known such a person? Yes, you knew Ryan, so why didn't you kill him? He could've become a threat to you at any moment according to your description of him. But you just chose to stay away from him. Maybe Kyle should've figured that out a lot sooner, then he wouldn't be in prison and Ryan wouldn't be dead.
Michelle July 30, 2012 at 09:19 PM
"Motis" was how he introduced himself to me and I assume it was a nickname. As for your last comment, Kyle is being punished for being a trusting guy and giving someone a chance. I'm more jaded. But when it comes to kill or be killed, if some says they are going to hit you- you throw the first punch and if someone says they are going kill you take precautions to prevent them from doing so. My dad keeps more than one loaded gun in the house and has taught his kids how to use them. Does that mean we are "lying in wait"? No. It means we are protected against people who try to hurt us. Plus in California, if you hurt someone on your property- whether you are defending yourself or not- and you DON'T kill them- they can sue you for everything you have. Even if they attack you. So if it came down to protecting myself or my daughter, I would shoot to kill. Plus they did move out of that house, take the animals (because he threatened them too), told all the neighbors to call the police if they heard or saw anything and stayed away because of the threats. It wasnt like they kicked him out and the next day he was shot. They tried avoidence, they tried the cops.Christine had called the police, a week prior- it took the cops over 15mins to get to their house. By that time Kyle and/or his mother would have been dead. You might have known him in highschool but people change- and not always for the better.
Michelle July 30, 2012 at 09:24 PM
In response to your question, why didn't I kill him? That is because he didn't threaten or attack me. I was of no consequence to him, but yes I saw the potential danger and stayed away because I saw that he could have easily killed me without remorse.


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