DUI Trial Continues For Convicted Hitman

Trial proceedings are again underway for a convicted hitman from Eureka and Fairfield, who is now facing charges of DUI and additional felony charges.

The Times-Standard reports that Stephen Duane Chiara, 48 is facing four counts of  gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of DUI causing bodily injury, and operating a motor vehicle without a license after a  fatal motorcycle crash in which Mary “Max” Hadley was killed.

Investigators say that on March 27th of this year, Chiara was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 80 near Green Valley Road in Fairfield when he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason. Chiara spilled the motorcycle onto the pavement, and he and Hadley were ejected.

Both Chiara and Hadley were rushed to Northbay Medical Center for treatment of injuries they sustained in the crash. Hadley was listed in critical condition. She later died as a result of major injuries she suffered in the accident.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Chiara had been out on parole. The petition for his parole has been revoked after Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams filed a petition on May 23rd, indicating that Chiara violated the terms of his parole, which included abstention from alcohol and to obey all laws.

Court documents filed by the District Attorney’s Office state that investigations reveal that Chiara had been operating the motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and an unspecified drug at the time of the fatal crash.

Judge William J. Pendergast has ordered Chiara to return to court for a preliminary hearing at the Fairfield Justice Center at 8:30 a.m. on October 30th.


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