Riverside: Two Men Found Guilty in the 2006 Murders of a Family of 3 in Pinyon Pines

RIVERSIDE – Jurors have found two men guilty in connection with the 2006 murders of three people whose bodies were found burned at their Pinyon Pines home.

On June 7, 2018, Robert Lars Pape, (DOB: 5-16-88); and Cristin Conrad Smith, DOB: 10-10-88, were each convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jon Hayward, 55 and Vicki Friedli 53. Pape was found guilty of second-degree murder of Vicki’s daughter Becky 18.

Pape and Smith were arrested in June of 2016, ten years after the murders.The Riverside County jury also found true the special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders.

Justice in this case, in particular for the family and friends of Jon Hayward, Vicki Friedli, and Vicki’s daughter Becky, has been a long time coming,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. “It is clear that jurors were meticulous in their examination of the evidence in this complicated multiple defendant case and we are pleased with their verdicts. We hope the verdicts help in the healing process to those who knew the victims and to the Coachella Valley community as a


The 10-man, two-woman jury heard testimony in the trial for about 23 days and deliberated for nearly 10 days before reaching their verdicts in this case.

Pape and Smith are scheduled to return before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz to be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in Dept. 44 at the Hall of Justice, 4100 Main St., Riverside. Pape and Smith each face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The two men were convicted of the Sept. 17, 2006, murders of Jon Hayward, Vicki Friedli, and Vicki’s daughter Becky. At about 9:50 p.m. that date, firefighters were called to a residential structure fire in the 68000 block of Alpine Drive in the mountain community of Pinyon Pines.

Firefighters found Becky Friedli’s body on fire in a wheelbarrow near the home. After extinguishing the house fire, firefighters found the bodies of Vicki Friedli and Hayward inside the residence.

The case, INF1600755, was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney John Aki and Managing Deputy District Attorney Brandon Smith.

Press Release Provided By Riverside County District Attorney’s Office