Skip to main content

COVID-19 Updates: Get the latest public information related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at

Due to COVID-19 the District Attorney’s Office lobby is closed until further notice.  However, staff is still working so you can call 805-781-5800 if you need assistance.  If you are experiencing an emergency call 9-1-1.  For public health information go to

Return to the top of the page
Booking Photo Sean Christopher Maneely (DOB 12/06/66)

Murder Charges Filed in Morro Bay Stabbing

Author: District Attorney
Date: 1/31/2020 2:22:03 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Sean Christopher Maneely (53) has been charged with murder for the stabbing death of Andrew Ignatius McTaggart, which took place on January 25, 2020 in the city of Morro Bay.

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Sean Christopher Maneely (DOB 12-6-66) has been charged for the January 25, 2020 stabbing death of Andrew Ignatius McTaggart.  Maneely is charged with second degree murder with the use of a knife. 

The murder charge stems from an incident occurring shortly before 4 p.m. in the city of Morro Bay, in which it is alleged that Maneely fatally stabbed Mr. McTaggart during an altercation at the Morro Bay Self Storage.

Maneely appeared in court this morning and was appointed counsel.  He did not enter a plea and the matter was scheduled for a further arraignment hearing on February 6, 2020 in Department 3 of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, the Honorable Dodie Harman presiding. 

The case was investigated by the Morro Bay Police Department with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rajesh Chabra.

It is important to note that a criminal complaint contains charges that must be proven in a court of law by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A copy of the complaint can be accessed here.  A copy of the defendant's booking photo can be found here.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.

# # #