Vigilante Mom's Son Surrenders

A man whose mother once shot his accused boyhood molester dead in a courtroom surrendered Wednesday to face allegations he beat a neighbor to death last month.

William Nesler (search), 23, was in custody after 10 days on the run, according to Vicki Tavares, a dispatcher at the Tuolumne County sheriff's office in Sonora. She said she had no further details.

Nesler severely beat David Davis, 45, on July 25, less than an hour after being released from jail for beating Davis a month earlier in a fight over tools, sheriff's deputies said.

Davis was found unconscious and bleeding from head wounds in a trash-littered lot where both men lived. He died two days later in a hospital, and a warrant was issued for Nesler's arrest on suspicion of murder.

In 1993, Nesler's mother, Ellie, walked into a courtroom, pulled a gun from her purse and killed the man accused of molesting her 11-year-old son.

His mother was tried for murder but had served only three years of a 10-year manslaughter (search) sentence when her conviction was overturned because of juror misconduct. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors and served no additional time.

For the past two years, she's been serving a six-year sentence for charges related to manufacturing the drug methamphetamine (search).

William Nesler has been booked in 18 separate cases over five years as an adult and has a juvenile record.