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'Person of interest' in unsolved murder charged for DUI crash 

A Paso Robles man named as a person of interest in the 2009 slaying of his father is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a DUI crash unrelated to the case.

DUI ARREST Brian Greer, a retired correctional officer named as a person of interest in his father's 2009 unsolved murder, was charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with an unrelated DUI crash. - FILE PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
  • File Photo By Steve E. Miller
  • DUI ARREST Brian Greer, a retired correctional officer named as a person of interest in his father's 2009 unsolved murder, was charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with an unrelated DUI crash.

The SLO County District Attorney's Office filed charges of driving under the influence against Brian Scott Greer, 51, in connection with the Sept. 30 crash. In addition to the drunk driving charges, Greer faces possible sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury to the other vehicle's occupants, who were both over 70 years old.

According to the CHP, Greer was intoxicated and driving his 2002 Ford Excursion westbound on Creston Road when he made an "unsafe turning movement" into the eastbound lane. Greer's vehicle collided with a 2001 GMC Yukon, causing his Excursion to roll over. The occupants of the Yukon were identified as William Ryan, 78, and Barbara Ryan, 86, according to court records. The Ryans and Greer suffered moderate injuries and were transported to two different hospitals, according to the CHP.

Greer pleaded not guilty to the charges at an Oct. 4 arraignment, according to court records. A judge set his bail at $300,000. As of Oct. 10, Greer remained in custody in SLO County Jail.

In the months prior to the crash, SLO County Sheriff's investigators announced that Greer was a person of interest in the 2009 murder of his father, 71 year-old Templeton resident Jerry Greer. Jerry was found shot to death in his home in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Creek Road on March 28, 2009. To date, the case has remained unsolved. In August, investigators served search warrants on Greer's Paso Robles home and vehicles. They also served a search warrant on another home in Paso Robles where Greer previously lived.

As of Oct. 10, Greer had not been arrested or charged in connection with his father's death. In social media posts, he denied any involvement in his father's murder and accused the Sheriff's Office of harassing him. In a Sept. 30 voicemail he left New Times at 11:39 a.m., roughly nine hours before the crash, Greer said aunts and uncles—who were upset because his mother left his father when he was a child—were to blame for the Sheriff's Office's focus on him.

"They are feeding [the Sheriff's Office] a bunch of misinformation about me and my mom," Greer said. "This all stems from the hatred of a dysfunctional family."

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