SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest two months after the New Year's Day murder of Rajneet Singh of Rancho Cordova.
Demetrius Shaffer, 32, was booked Wednesday on murder and sexual assault charges, said Deputy Jason Ramos. Detectives considered Shaffer a person of interest after being seen on surveillance video at a cardroom earlier in the evening with Singh.
Shaffer said, during a jailhouse interview, he did not rape or murder Singh. He says he was in the casino all night and then went to the Red Roof Inn afterward. Singh's body was found by a neighbor near the light rail tracks on Mills Park Drive. Singh was partially unclothed. Authorities say she was strangled.
Detectives found DNA evidence at the crime scene that linked Shaffer to the murder, said Ramos.