Les Lundblad Jr.

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By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - on Friday, July 12, 2002 - 12:14 am:

Incredibly, the son of former Solano County Sheriff's Detective Les Lundblad Sr. is a convicted murderer. (Lundblad Sr. worked the Lake Herman Road murders in 1968-1969 before being suddenly taken off the case.)

Is Lundblad Jr. the Zodiac? Probably not; however, Solano County has long tried to distance their case's connection to the Zodiac. I have even heard the rumor that a relative of an investigator was suspected.

Maybe Solano County actually felt Lundblad Sr.'s son could have been responsible?

The San Francisco Chronicle

Woman Found Shot To Death

Clayton -- A 42-year-old woman was found dead in her
home yesterday, and police are searching for her
estranged husband.

The body of Nancy Ann Lundblad was discovered after
her sister became concerned that she could not reach
her by telephone. Police sent to Lundblad's home on El Toro Court found her in her bedroom, dead of a gunshot wound.

Clayton police are searching for Leslie Barton
Lundblad Jr., 53, for questioning. He is described as
white, with light-colored hair and brown eyes. They said he is about 6 foot 4, and weighs about 300 pounds. He is believed to be driving a 4-door cream-colored
1986 Mercedes-Benz with California license plate
number 1PYM987. Anyone with information is asked to
call Clayton police at (510) 672-4455.


The San Francisco Chronicle


Slaying Suspect Surrenders; More East Bay women frightened about domestic violence

Erin Hallissy, Chronicle East Bay Bureau

A Clayton man suspected of fatally shooting his wife
surrendered yesterday in Contra Costa County's second
deadly domestic violence case this week.

Leslie Lundblad Jr., 54, called police from a pay
telephone in the lobby of Superior Court in Martinez
to turn himself in on the arrest warrant accusing him of the killing.

''He was very cooperative,'' said sheriff's Sergeant
John Dodd. Six deputies arrested him and took him next
door to the County Jail to be booked for the slaying of his wife, Nancy Anne Lundblad, 42. Lundblad was found mortally wounded Tuesday in the bedroom of her Clayton home, shot four times in the chest, said Clayton police Sergeant Edward Handy.

The killing came one day after a bloody rampage in
Richmond, where Jae Chul Choe gunned down two police
officers and seriously wounded his ex-wife and son before turning his gun on himself.

The back-to-back cases have made women who are in
bitter separations or violent marriages more
frightened about their safety.

''We've gotten more calls from women who are taking
the threats of their spouses more seriously in light
of what has happened,'' said Chris Hogeland, director of support services at Battered Women's Alternatives in Concord.

''I think these cases have scared women. The fear
that women have is that indeed the system cannot help
them,'' Hogeland added.

Choe, 53, had repeatedly threatened his wife since
she divorced him two years ago. He broke into her
house the morning of the fatal shooting. He killed Richmond police officers Leonard Garcia, 31, and David Haynes, 30, when they were called to the scene
by Choe's 16-year-old daughter.

In the Clayton case, officers were alerted by Nancy
Lundblad's sister, who was concerned because she had
not been able to contact the woman.

The Lundblads had been having marital problems, along
with financial problems, said Handy of the Clayton
Police Department.

''It looks like they were looking at a possible
splitting up,'' Handy said. Police had never been
called to the home to settle domestic spats before, he added.

Hogeland said the holidays often lead to more strife
among couples. The 24-bed battered women's shelter has
been full since the week before Christmas and some women have been referred to other ''safe houses'' to escape
potentially violent spouses, she added.

The shelter's hotline gets between 1,500 and 3,000
calls a month from desperate women, Hogeland said.

''This is not a new story, but it certainly has its
tragic highlights, and this is one of them,'' she

The San Francisco Chronicle

Clayton Man Convicted of Wife's Murder

Martinez -- A Clayton real estate broker has been
found guilty of murdering his wife just as she was
about to leave a marriage plagued with financial woes and legal battles.

A jury in Martinez convicted Leslie Lundblad, 55, of
first-degree murder Wednesday in the December 29
shooting of 43-year-old Nancy Lundblad. Although the case against Lundblad was based entirely on circumstantial evidence, the jury spent only about three hours deliberating before deciding that the bankrupt broker had committed premeditated murder.

Lundblad testified that his wife was still alive when
he left their home early on the morning of her death.
He claimed he made a few local stops and then headed to Reno to meet a man who owed him money.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Sequeira said all the
evidence pointed to Lundblad as the killer. Nancy
Lundblad was dressed for work as though her husband was about to drive her to her sister's house as usual to join a car pool. A pendant belonging to Leslie Lundblad was found under her body, and his ring was found in the hall. There was no sign of a forced entry to the house. The gun
used to fire four shots into her body was never found.

Lundblad is scheduled for sentencing September 29. He
faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison.