Lambert's long rap sheet

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein |
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Who was Jason Christopher Lambert? As police worked to piece together clues in the murder-suicide that left three people dead, more details were emerging about the suspected killer. But despite a criminal record going back years, those who knew him say they can’t believe he would have taken the lives of Edward Helms, 52, and his wife Marilyn, 49, inside their Roseville home, before turning the gun on himself. “I would have never ever pictured him doing that,” said Coral Barrios of Auburn, who graduated with Lambert from Oakmont High in Roseville in 1992. Records on file in Placer County Superior Court show Lambert has had several run-ins with the law. Among others, they include: * In February of 2000, Lambert was cited for felony possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered to serve 90 days in jail. * In August of 2001, the Placer County District Attorney’s office charged him with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant – felony domestic violence. But the case was dismissed in November of that year. * In July of 2003, Lambert was cited with another man for reckless driving and placed on three years conditional probation. * In January 2005, Lambert was arrested for misdemeanor hit-and-run, reckless driving and inducing false testimony. He was ordered to serve 35 days in jail after failing to appear at a work-release site. * In April of 2007, Roseville police arrested him for evading a peace officer. The officer also discovered he was driving on a suspended license. Bruce Smith employed Lambert with his pool contracting company for three years, from 2000-2002. He said he took Lambert under his wing during that time. “I had an instant liking to the boy,” Smith said. “I don’t know what his frame of mind was but I could never see him doing this.” Smith said that Lambert went into business for himself in 2003. Although he hasn’t talked to him for years, he said he’d heard from other pool contractors that Lambert had fallen on hard times as the economy tanked. “He did have mood swings and did have problems with girlfriends,” he recalled. “He would go into himself for a while and get real moody.” The license of Lambert’s company, Foothill Pool & Spa, has been expired since 2007. The Contractor’s State License Board lists the company is facing disciplinary action due to a complaint against it. In January of 2008, wife Tracy Lambert filed for dissolution of their marriage, which did not produce children, after three years and six months. The reason listed was “irreconcilable differences.” In a brief conversation outside her Lincoln home today, Tracy Lambert’s mother said: “We’re unable to talk right now. It’s such a tragedy.” But she added: “Jason was a good person. I don’t know what would make him do that.” Barrios was best friends with Lambert when they attended Eich and, for a time, Oakmonth High together. She said he was well-liked and “funny,” but had a wild side. “He was one of those feisty kids who could get in trouble,” she said. “I remember one time when I was a junior and lived up here in Lake of the Pines, him and his friends stole a motorcycle and drove it up here.”