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Suspect in Lemon Grove Murder Pleads Not Guilty

Casey Michael Tschida, 32, has been charged in the Jan. 3 killing of 30-year-old Jennifer Krajnak.

A man accused of ambushing a female acquaintance as she walked home from a Lemon Grove bar where they had spent the evening together pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and gun charges.

Casey Michael Tschida, 32, who is charged in the Jan. 3 killing of 30- year-old Jennifer Krajnak, was ordered held on $5 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney Gordon Paul Davis said the defendant and the victim were together for about three hours at Dirk's Niteclub on Broadway, beginning around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. Tschida left the bar at 1:30 in the morning, then returned 15 minutes later with his car's headlights off and shot Krajnak in the head as she crossed the street toward her apartment nearby, the prosecutor alleged.

Krajnak died about 30 minutes after she was discovered.

After the shooting, Tschida went to his home about seven miles away, where he collected rifles, clothing, camping equipment and his dog, then drove 20 hours to his mother's home in Happy Valley, Ore., Davis said.

Once there, Tschida allegedly made comments about possible misconduct in San Diego County and checked himself into a Veterans Administration hospital, Davis said.

Tschida was taken into custody in Oregon on Jan. 5 and was recently extradited to San Diego to face charges.

According to sheriff's investigators, there was no relationship between the defendant and the victim other than being acquaintances.

"Apparently, they had seen each other socially once, but there was no ongoing relationship," the prosecutor told reporters outside the courtroom. "From all I know, they were together from 10:30 to 1:30 in the morning on January 3rd."     A 9mm handgun believed to be used in the murder was recovered in Oregon after Tschida allegedly threw it out of his vehicle, Davis said.

Tschida faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted. He will be back in court March 29 for a readiness conference and April 24 for a preliminary hearing.

--Kelly Wheeler, City News Service

Tammy007 April 26, 2013 at 03:30 AM
OK facts are a Stuborn thing. 1 If Casey was Drunk then how in the hell did he drive 20 Hrs to Oregon ? with out Wrecking or getting pulled over by CHP ? 2 The Gun Now come on 2000 Miles and some Cop Instantly finds a Gun that was used in the murder case . Sorry thats like fining a needle in a Hay stack when your half Blind . 3 There is nothing in the police reports about Casey confesssing. TO ANYONE. 4 this girl was shot in the Back of the head by someone in a car with the lights off . 5 according to you all she did not like casey but put up with his BS ........... WHY ? 6 why did casey leave early where they fighting ? 7 why did she have to walk home ? Now 8 one you do not know His mother was going into the Hospital for Cancer surgery on monday NO i am not related to casey i am Not a Friend or an ex but i have talked with many of both of their families and friends and MY name is not Tammy Have a Great day
Gale April 26, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Tammy you are a liar you said you knew them ie: Jen and Casey when in all reality you know nothing at all even if you were hired you still really dont know either one of them and Jen didnt have to chase after any man if she had wanted a man in her life there were plenty of men she could of gone out with and like I said before you dont know who you are messing with no you just need to shut your mouth and quit trying to instigate people and trying to hurt them with your lies
Kendra Hayes April 26, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Tammy or who ever the heck you are, if this is your job then I think you need to go back to school because the errors in writing that you make are completely pathetic. I know 5 year olds that can write better than you and they write in crayon. Next thing, Gale has read all of the reports you dummy. You seriously have no idea who Gale is?? Seriously??! You're a pathetic lying piece of trash just like the douche who MURDERED Jenn!!
Gale April 26, 2013 at 03:52 AM
now I know you are a liar Tammy because you have not talked to both of there families and of course your name not Tammy because you need to hide who you are because you want to be an instigating trouble maker and she walked home like she had done plenty of times in the past and because she didnt drink and drive
Kendra Hayes April 26, 2013 at 03:59 AM
FYI Tammy or who ever you are, Gale is Jenn's mother! You say you've talked to both families then you would have talked to her too you stupid chick! Seriously need to hit gravel and travel and never come back.
Gale April 26, 2013 at 04:13 AM
So if you had read all the reports you would have known that fact so now please stop trying to instigate bull crap because unlike you Im not ashamed to use my real name and I know my daughter and I also know this man had been chasing after her for months and she kept rejecting him just like a few others that wanted to take her out so how dare you say she was chasing him. And as far as Casey's mom shes been in my prayers since this nightmare started because I would no more want to be in her shoes or mine right now I have 4 sons and would be devastated if one of them had done something like this so I will continue to keep her in my prayers and pray for her to have strength to make it through all she is going through right now
Tammy007 April 26, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Gale I am sorry for your Loss and If Casey Did this I would want him To suffer many times over . I have lost my baby brother when he was crushed . I am not acquainted with Casey other then since this case Period . I have met both of them Briefly .I have met his family and they too are hurting . But i do want to Make sure the Right person Hangs for this and not one that is innocent ,. So far during my research and I will tell you know you should not been allowed to read the reports Thanks for admitting that it will go into my report. There is No Hard Facts other then one person stating they knew it was him infact one of the officers have Doubt MY job is to get facts and either prove him guilty or not guilty threw them and so far i am 50/50 what is said on this site is not all correct its over exaggerated By 2 people and that makes me wonder why and who they are trying to protect, Again I am sorry for all of your losses but facts are facts . their where also things involved i am sure you do not know about that are in the reports and if you had read them you would not be 100% sure either way as a Parent myself i would want the right person to Hang for this so far Casey has done one thing and that was to go visit his family . Drunk ? NO he was not Drunk
Gale April 26, 2013 at 05:08 AM
I only have the initial police reports and I did not say ive read all the reports so dont go saying I did things that I didnt do and like I said about the gun I dont know whether it had prints on it or not and if this is your job then why are you screaming cover up at one point and now you are saying 50/50 just because now you know Im Jens mom if you had read all the reports you would have known I was Jens mom I still think you are a liar and I also yelled at Gina about saying Jen told the police who did it because I know my child if she could of spoke she would have asked for me before anything else I also did not say Casey was drunk I said I had heard when he was drunk he was someone you didnt want to be around And I was told when the police went to oregon and questioned him he admitted to shooting her and leaving her on the street I will be contacting the Da tomorrow about these post because If you are working in some manner I think it is wrong of you to instigate and antagonize Jen friends and her family because you yelling cover up all this time now changing your tune to sound like you are a neutral party to all of this is bull crap and to try and to say my daughter was chasing after this guy is just wrong you dont know anything about her or her life so you just need to take all your crap off of here and keep your comments and opinions to yourself
Gale April 26, 2013 at 05:08 AM
if you are talking about Gina and Kendra they are trying to protect Jens good name she was a good girl with a good head on her shoulders they have been friends of hers since she was like 15 yrs old
Tammy007 April 26, 2013 at 06:34 AM
I do not see anyone Bashing this women Nor do i see anyone Blaming her for what happened this is about the Facts not adding up Period. I met with the Family Of Casey and even his wife does not believe he did this . I am not saying he did not do this I am saying that there is NO motive Your Mis reading due to the Pain you feel in your heart I do Sympathise with you you lost a Beautiful daughter . You read the initial reports Police reports still illigal and i have the mails sent to my inbox going straight to the office so it will be your words not my own,.
Kendra Hayes April 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Tammy, first off, what is your job exactly? To start some BS on a pubic fourm where an innocent victim's family and friends are? To hurt the people who loved Jenn so much?? Pathetic. If this is really your job then I want your real name, your supervisors name, and contact information? I'd very much like to lodge a complaint. And if this is really your job, then yu should be an upstanding human being and comply with my request. Second off, we have caught you in several lies and half truths it's not even funny. Third off, again you must not know the law very well because Gale has every right to read the initial Police and medical reports because they concerned the the loss of her child. Fourth off, wtf does the loss of your brother have to do with this at all? Not a damn thing and how dare you tell Gale that you sympathize with her!! Fifth off, if this is your job then how come you cannot spell correctly or use the right termonology? Again I say you need to excuse yourself from this conversation because you are nothing but a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Gale April 26, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Send them where ever you'd like I know I obtained them legally and you say you are not bashing anyone and you talked to both families then why is every about his family you have not. First of all you are bashing my daughter by saying she was chasing this guy only in his dreams he wishes she was second had you spoke with her family and friends you would also have comment that were not bashing her in here also and third if this is your job your personnel life should never even be put on here so if you this is your profession you are the worst professional Ive ever met and like Kendra I would like your real name and the name of the company you work for and your supervisors name so I can lodge a complaint against you.
Gale April 26, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Im sorry I just woke up and what that should say is if you had spoke to her family and friends this whole posting would have been more even and you would see what we see also but you have apparently just been talking with his friends and family and then came on here just to instigate us so you could see if any of her friends would say something you think his side could use against us now I ask again for the name of the company you work for so I can lodge a complaint and your real name
Onya April 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM
From a person who knows casey this Tammy person does not know him or she would know he has been married to anybody for awhile. So no wife. I think it's terrible for a person toy with a family who are already in pain it's very cruel. Tammy you should go back to the hole u crawled out of.
Gale April 27, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Thank you Onya
Onya April 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM
As for driving drunk not something new to casey either. Already had a couple dui
Gale April 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM
onya If the Blonde on his facebook page is his wife she looks like the one that was at the last court hearing
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Yeah ex wife
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I meant has not been married for a while. In my previous post
Kendra Hayes April 27, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Thank you Onya. Who ever this Tammy person is she is a fraud and apparently likes to upset people who have lost someone near and dear to them. She seriously had no glue as to what she speaks of and obviously is very uneducated as to how the legal process actually works. Gale is Jenn's mom and she didn't need this type of BS after losing her child. No parent should ever have to lose their child ever...but if a parent does lose their child then no one should be such a lying, cruel, idiotic, instigating, cold hearted, childish, poor excuse for a human being such as Tammy.
Kendra Hayes April 27, 2013 at 01:10 AM
That was suppose to say "clue" not "glue".
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I agree that's why I had to say something. It was just to disgusting.
Gale April 27, 2013 at 01:19 AM
All I know for fact is my daughter was not chasing him he was and it is a matter of fact about his dui, part of the 5mil 10k of his bail is for a dui I know for a fact that they had enough evidence to arrest this guy fro the murder of my daughter and it isnt some kind of cover up for anyone so tammy needs to go get a life and quit bashing my daughter ,her family and her friends and as far as her working for some I feel in my gut that is a lie because if she really had any kind of investigative job she would know that even she could go down and request a copy of the initial police report so she needs to go back to flipping her burgers or whatever her real job is and leave the investigative work to the professionals
Gale April 27, 2013 at 01:22 AM
onya I do know according to public record they are not legally divorced yet we found that out from an attorney we consulted with
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:45 AM
She filed last April. From everything I heard it was done.
Gale April 27, 2013 at 01:51 AM
It may be now we consulted this attorney early March and I know when Jen got a divorce they said she was lucky her and her husband didnt have kids because then it would have taken her at least a year to divorce him but because they didnt have kids it was only 6 months
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I have known casey for awhile. Not one of his fans through.
Onya April 27, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Her kid is not his kid by birth
Gale April 27, 2013 at 02:11 AM
thank the good lord for that one
Onya April 27, 2013 at 03:07 AM
He does have a daughter. By his first wife.

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