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  • Prosecution spent $270,000 on Westerfield case

    02/06/2003 3:57:00 PM PST · by Jaded · 1,243 replies · 2,191+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/6/03 | San Diego Union Tribune
    SAN DIEGO – The District Attorney's Office spent nearly $270,000 prosecuting David Westerfield, including thousands for DNA analysis and expert witnesses, it was announced today. Westerfield was sentenced to die for the February 2002 killing of 7-year- old Danielle van Dam. The former Sabre Springs resident and neighbor of the victim is now on death row at San Quentin. According to figures the District Attorney's Office released, more than $35,000 was spent on experts for Westerfield's trial, and more than $146,000 on DNA analysis. More than $62,000 was spent on a telephone survey and a jury questionnaire review.
  • Child killer has proclaimed innocence in cards, visits

    01/03/2003 7:26:19 AM PST · by Jaded · 451 replies · 526+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/3/03 | Alex Roth
    Early last month, Dave Laspisa, a Poway businessman, opened his mail and discovered a holiday card from his old friend David Westerfield. "Greetings of the Seasons," the card announced, and inside was a handwritten note of thanks for Laspisa's support. Van Dams file lawsuit against Westerfield During the past year, Laspisa has been fairly vocal in his belief that Westerfield, his camping buddy, had nothing to do with the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. "Please know that I was not involved in the death of this child," Westerfield wrote. "I'm saying this to you not to solicit more help...
  • Van Dams sue Westerfield for damages

    01/02/2003 7:00:42 PM PST · by Jaded · 17 replies · 191+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/2/03 | San Diego Union Tribune
    SAN DIEGO – The parents of murdered 7-year-old Danielle van Dam sued her convicted killer, David Westerfield, on Thursday, one day before a San Diego judge was expected to sentence him to death for the harrowing crime. Damon and Brenda van Dam seek unspecified damages in their San Diego Superior Court lawsuit against Westerfield, the 50-year-old engineer who was found guilty in August of snatching Danielle from her bed and killing her. Westerfield, a twice-divorced father of two who lived near the van Dams in Sabre Springs and bought Girl Scout cookies from Danielle just days before her February abduction,...
  • A chat room helped Westerfield prosecutors

    12/12/2002 8:19:20 AM PST · by Jaded · 558 replies · 306+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/12/02 | Alex Roth
    When a person goes in search of enlightenment, it's usually good advice to avoid an Internet chat room. And yet it was a random posting on the Internet that led to a key piece of evidence in the David Westerfield case. At a luncheon in Mission Valley yesterday, prosecutors Jeff Dusek and George "Woody" Clarke told a number of anecdotes – some of them funny, others poignant and revealing – about what happened behind the scenes in the most publicized criminal trial in San Diego County history. The luncheon was organized by the San Diego Crime Commission and about 100...
  • Finding Peace

    09/30/2002 9:59:25 PM PDT · by Jaded · 1,506 replies · 418+ views
    Millenium Children's Fund ^ | 9/30/02 | Douglas Pierce
  • Judge's level of secrecy in proceedings raises questions from experts

    09/25/2002 6:50:25 AM PDT · by Jaded · 177 replies · 426+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/24/02 | Greg Moran
    There were two trials of David Westerfield in the kidnap-murder of his 7-year-old neighbor. One that everyone saw, live on television. And one that no one saw because it was conducted in secret. The public trial of Westerfield was the one with entomologists, cops and grieving parents. And then there was the other trial – the one with the man who said he heard a child scream from Westerfield's motor home and the woman who said she was date-raped. Thursday, three days after a jury recommended that the 50-year-old design engineer be executed for kidnapping and murdering Danielle van Dam,...

    08/22/2002 11:32:19 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,830 replies · 3,473+ views
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    08/20/2002 9:37:45 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 201 replies · 845+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 21, 2002 | San Diego Staff
    Discovery hearing set as jurors deliberate for ninth day SIGNONSANDIEGO August 20, 2002 A request by the prosecution in the David Westerfield kidnap-murder trial to obtain more evidence or information, originally scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. hearing, has been vacated. Word of the hearing's cancellation was relayed to media representatives shortly after 10 a.m. today.The subject of the discovery motion filed by lead prosecutor Jeff Dusek was not disclosed. No reason was given for the hearing's cancellation.Today is the ninth day of deliberation by jurors. Today's deliberating session began at 9:07 a.m., according to a public information officer.Westerfield, 50, is...
  • Mudd Denies Access To Transcripts As Well As Lineage To Hussein: Van Dams' Sex Life Still In Play!

    08/19/2002 4:16:26 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 390 replies · 1,007+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | August 19, 2002 | San Diego Tribune
    Mudd denies access to transcripts of closed hearings as well as lineage to Hussein SIGNONSANDIEGO August 19, 2002  WITH VIDEOWith the jury completing its eighth day of deliberations without a veredict in the kidnap-murder trial of David Westerfield, the judge in the case has denied a media request to unseal transcripts of closed hearings. The motion before Superior Court Judge William Mudd was filed by Guylyn Cummings, the attorney who represents the San Diego Union-Tribune and other media companies.During the trial, a number of hearings were held outside of public view. Mudd denied the motion, reasoning that the jury was...
  • Jury Vets Say Emotions Can Take Over: Van Dam's Sexual Lifestyle Comes To The For Front(8-18-02)

    08/18/2002 12:43:52 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 193 replies · 702+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 18, 2002 | Kristen Green
    Jury veterans say emotions can take overFeelings could impede addressing 'real issues' By Kristen GreenUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERAugust 18, 2002Jurors have deliberated on the David Westerfield case for seven days, and still no verdict. Commentators speculate about the reasons on every radio and television station. But only 12 people know what's going on inside the jury room, out of sight of the attorneys, the judge and the media.Jury consultants say the panel is probably quite organized and that deliberations are taking "a little long" because it's a complicated case. The experts say the jurors probably have been methodically sifting through evidence.But...
  • Mudd Letters Opened To Public: Van Dam Jurors Continue to Mull and Ponder Westerfield's Fate! 8-15

    08/14/2002 9:29:21 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 929 replies · 1,487+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 15, 2002 | Union Trib
    Letters to judge opened to public SIGNONSANDIEGO August 14, 2002 The judge in the trial of David Westerfield today allowed reporters to see court log entries of notes from jurors, as well as letters to the judge from the public about the murder of Danielle van Dam. The letters from the public included a variety of theories about the case. Jurors ask to review pictures, interview   One letter-writer sent the following theory to Judge William Mudd: "Danielle van Dam killed herself.'' A nearly illegible postcard with a Spokane postmark alluded to at least one ex-wife "with a drinking...
  • Van Dam Jury Update, Monday August 12th: Westerfield's Fate Lies In Mudd Instructions?

    08/12/2002 6:39:08 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 702 replies · 1,644+ views
    Court TV ^ | August 12, 2002 | Court TV
    Jury's time Jurors will resume deliberations Monday in the capital case of David Westerfield, who is accused of killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam DAY TWO: FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2002 12 noon ET    Jury enters jury room. 2:30 p.m. ET    Jury goes home for the weekend. DAY ONE: THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2002 1:10 p.m. ET    Jury begins deliberating. After two months of testimony, the capital murder trial of David Westerfield is in the hands of the jurors, who began their deliberations following more than two days of closing arguments. 2:50 p.m.   Jury sends a note to the...
  • World Porn Ring Hits Home: Not like Poway, Fresno low on Van Dams relocatation list!

    08/10/2002 10:52:27 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 35 replies · 1,295+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 10, 2002 | Jerry Bier
    <p>A Clovis chiropractor was at the heart of an international child pornography ring that transmitted images so despicable they nauseated investigators, authorities said Friday after they unsealed indictments in Fresno.</p> <p>Lloyd Alan Emmerson, 45, was among nine Americans and six foreigners charged with taking sexually explicit photographs of minors and sending them over the Internet as part of a ring whose members sometimes referred to themselves as "the club."</p>
  • Deliberations Resume Friday, 8-9-02 In Trial Of David Westerfield (VERDICT WATCH CONTINUES!)

    08/08/2002 10:18:48 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 660 replies · 938+ views ^ | August 9, 2002 | CNN
    <p>SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) --A San Diego jury began deliberations Thursday in the trial of David Westerfield, accused of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam.</p> <p>The panel of six men and six women adjourned for the day without reaching a verdict. It is set to resume deliberations Friday.</p>
  • Defense Feldman: Danielle Van Dam Knew Her Abductor: Dusek, Still Talking...Westerfield Waiting

    08/07/2002 7:08:12 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 497 replies · 820+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 8, 2002 | Steve Perez/Greg Magnus
    Defense rests; each side puts its spin on evidenceBy Steve Perez and Jeff DillonSIGNONSANDIEGO August 7, 2002 Ending nearly five hours of defense argument, the chief attorney for murder defendant David Westerfield rested Wednesday afternoon by urging jurors to remember they "save us from lynchings" and reminding the panelists that they are the "conscience of the community." The jury should begin deliberations Thursday. Defense attorney Steven Feldman began his afternoon remarks by telling jurors he was in the "homestretch" of his arguments. Repeatedly, he urged jurors to take the defense's point of view into consideration when the prosecution received its...
  • Silence on part of defendant may be hard to ignore

    08/05/2002 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Jaded · 61 replies · 519+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 8/4/02 | Alex Roth
    During eight weeks of testimony in the David Westerfield trial, jurors have heard from grieving parents, cops, barflies, forensic analysts, bug experts and people who drive dune buggies around the desert wearing video cameras on their heads. But there's one person whose silence has been conspicuous – Westerfield himself. Closing statements in the kidnap-murder trial are scheduled for this week, and it's now clear that Westerfield won't be testifying on his own behalf. As a legal matter, it shouldn't make any difference. He has a constitutional right to remain silent, and the jury is forbidden by law from holding his...
  • San Diego Swings: Van Dam trial brings "swinging" into the spotlight!

    08/03/2002 6:32:12 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 62 replies · 1,546+ views
    San Diego Online ^ | August 2, 2002 | Thomas K. Arnold
    San Diego SwingsThe murder of little Danielle van Dam brought “swinging” into the spotlight. Log on to the World Wide Web, type in “San Diego” and “swingers” on the Yahoo search, and you get 6,160 hits. That’s more than “San Diego” in combination with “hiking trails” (2,570), “car clubs” (772) or “pet lovers” (359)—though not as many as “golfers” (7,430) or “Republicans” (18,900).By Thomas K. ArnoldClub Paradise, according to its Web site, “is situated in the back hills of the El Cajon Valley, nestled in a secluded, yet easy to access area.” The facility offers a “high-class, home-party style environment”...
  • Van Dam Case Witness Challenges Findings Of Defense 'Bug Expert': But...His Testimony Don't Add Up..

    07/30/2002 3:58:51 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 592 replies · 834+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | July 31, 2002 | Jeff Dillion
    Prosecution witness challenges findings of defense 'bug expert' By Jeff DillonSIGNONSANDIEGO July 30, 2002 Union-TribuneDr. M. Lee Goff An insect expert testifying for the prosecution in the David Westerfield case said Tuesday that flies appeared to have colonized Danielle van Dam's body sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14, far earlier than defense witnesses have estimated. M. Lee Goff, an entomologist and chairman of the Forensic Sciences Department of Chaminade University in Honolulu, said his review of the crime scene photos, morgue photos, weather reports and other evidence suggest that Danielle's body was exposed to insects as early as...
  • Judge Mudd Says Sequestering Of Jury Possible: Van Dam case has jurors facing more Mad-Dawgging!!

    07/30/2002 7:13:26 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,022 replies · 461+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 30, 3002 | Alex Roth
    Judge says sequestering of jury possible By Alex RothUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJuly 30, 2002The judge in the David Westerfield trial rejected another defense request to sequester the jury but said he still considers it "a possible option." Superior Court Judge William Mudd said he didn't think it was necessary at the moment but has asked the county to prepare "a back-up contingency plan" just in case.Westerfield's lawyers have asked several times for jury sequestration, and they renewed their request yesterday. Lead defense lawyer Steven Feldman said he worried that the jury might be affected by the publicity in the Samantha Runnion...
  • Bugs: The Best Witnesses? (Westerfield's Son Neal Forced To Testify By Desperate D.A. Dusek!!)

    07/24/2002 10:44:59 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,499 replies · 1,057+ views
    Court TV ^ | July 25, 2002 | Harriet Ryan
    Bugs: The best witnesses? A forensic entomologist, who studies the maggots and insects found at a crime scene or autopsy, provided the strongest evidence yet for David Westerfield. By Harriet Ryan Court TV On one side there are Danielle van Dam's fingerprints, her blood drops, strands of the 7-year-old's blond locks, hair from a dog like her weimaraner and carpet fibers that seem to be from her room. There is child pornography and a convoluted alibi even the defendant calls "weird." On the other side, the side for David Westerfield's acquittal, there are bugs. The pile of evidence painstakingly...
  • Witness firm on time line of bugs: Westerfield already under surveillance. Other perp possible?

    07/23/2002 7:40:29 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 54 replies · 813+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 23, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Witness firm on time line of bugs He suggests body dumped after surveillance started By Alex RothUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJuly 23, 2002A bug expert for the defense in the David Westerfield trial testified yesterday that Danielle van Dam's body couldn't have been exposed to flies any earlier than Feb. 12, a week after Westerfield was being watched by the police. The testimony of Dr. Neal Haskell supports the defense's argument that Westerfield couldn't have dumped the 7-year-old girl's body because he was under 24-hour-a-day police surveillance from Feb. 4 until his arrest Feb. 22. The second-grader's nude body was discovered Feb....
  • 2nd Bug Expert Bolsters Westerfield Defense: (Dusek Melting Down Before Juries Eyes!!)

    07/22/2002 3:02:31 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,634 replies · 957+ views
    NBC/San Diego ^ | July 22, 2002 | NBC/San Diego
    2nd Bug Expert Bolsters Westerfield Defense Expert Says Fly Infestations Show When Danielle's Body Was Dumped   POSTED: 6:58 a.m. PDT July 22, 2002 UPDATED: 2:28 p.m. PDT July 22, 2002  SAN DIEGO -- The trial of David Westerfield resumed Monday with more testimony about insects, as defense lawyers tried to show that their client was not the person who dumped Danielle van Dam's body along a two-lane road in East County. Before testimony began, Judge William Mudd warned jurors to ignore last week's murder of a young girl in nearby Orange County. Mudd said that the abduction, sexual...
  • EXCLUSIVE PICTURES OF VAN DAM RESIDENCE!!!(Westerfield Trial Resumes In San Diego, 7-22-02)

    07/21/2002 9:45:26 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,090 replies · 1,301+ views
    Court TV ^ | July 22, 2002 | Court TV
    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES OF VAN DAM RESIDENCE!!!A Little Girl LostOn the night of Feb. 1, 2002, 7-year-old Danielle van Dam was abducted from her bedroom in the Sabre Springs suburb of San Diego. After a massive search, her naked body was found in a trash-strewn lot 25 miles from her house. Her neighbor, David Westerfield, went on trial for the crime June 3.  The van Dam HouseDanielle lived in this four-bedroom stucco house on Mountain Pass Road with her parents, Brenda and Damon, and two brothers, Derek and Dylen.    In the KitchenThe evening before her kidnapping, Danielle sat at the kitchen table writing...
  • NERER OUT OF SIGHT: Effect Of Samantha Murder On Westerfield Case And Jury? VD Weekend Thread!

    07/20/2002 12:11:34 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 139 replies · 1,369+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 20, 2002 | Jane Clifford
    Never out of sightParents, experts on children agree this is the rule of the day  By Jane CliffordUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJuly 20, 2002Carolyn Burke answered the question even before it was asked: "I never let her out of my sight." It's the mantra of parents this week, following the abduction and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, grabbed outside her Orange County town house Monday.It's also the mantra of child-development experts who say that no child under the age of 6 should be playing unsupervised. They simply are incapable of making all the right decisions at the right time. And when...
  • Bug for bug: Prosecutors Hire Their Own Entomologist: (Tell Feldman's Expert to BUZZ OFF!!)

    07/16/2002 10:37:13 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 335 replies · 1,351+ views
    Court TV ^ | July 17, 2002 | Harriet Ryan
    Bug for bug: Prosecutors hire their own entomologist A forensic entomologist provided the strongest evidence yet for David Westerfield, left. By Harriet Ryan Court TV Prosecutors in the David Westerfield capital murder trial have hired a top national forensic entomologist in an apparent attempt to neutralize the defense's strongest argument for acquittal — insect evidence indicating the defendant could not have killed Danielle van Dam. M. Lee Goff, a professor of forensic sciences at Chaminade University in Hawaii, said that as of Friday morning, he is working for the San Diego District Attorney's office on the case. "[P]roviding testimony...
  • Defense has had no shortage of witnesses to make its case

    07/15/2002 6:55:50 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 1,105 replies · 923+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | July 14, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Defense has had no shortage of witnesses to make its caseBy Alex Roth STAFF WRITERJuly 14, 2002 A week ago, Janet Roehr, a neighbor of David Westerfield's, testified at his murder trial about some of his routines, including his occasional habit of parking his motor home in front of his house. Her testimony lasted 15 to 20 minutes, but what she said wasn't as important as what she did: She smiled at Westerfield. Roehr was among a parade of defense witnesses who consider themselves friends of Westerfield's and who seem to like him, even as he stands accused of kidnapping...
  • Judge Allows Danielle's Dad Back In Court: (Damon was banned for MAD-DOGGING Westerfield!)

    07/13/2002 6:28:25 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 706 replies · 889+ views
    North County Times-San Diego ^ | July 13, 2002 | Kimberly Epler
    Judge allows Danielle's dad back in courtKIMBERLY EPLER Staff WriterSAN DIEGO ---- The father of 7-year-old murder victim Danielle van Dam will be allowed to attend the remaining days of her accused murderer's trial, Judge William Mudd ruled Thursday. But he warned Damon van Dam that one more incident will result in him being banned from the courthouse. Two weeks ago, Judge Mudd deemed Damon van Dam a "security risk" for repeatedly staring down his daughter's accused murderer, David Westerfield, in courtroom hallways despite several warnings from sheriff's deputies and prosecutors. Mudd then barred Damon van Dam from the third...
  • Testimony costs flight attendant her job

    07/12/2002 7:06:01 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 779 replies · 994+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | July 12, 2002 | Kristen Green
    Testimony costs flight attendant her job Airline fires witness for admitting pot use By Kristen Green UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJuly 12, 2002 Denise Kemal was fired June 28, more than two weeks after her nationally televised testimony, because the company has a zero-tolerance drug policy. Losing her job has ruined her life, Kemal said yesterday. "I've always wanted to fly," she said. "It took me years to get my job." She said she is appealing the dismissal because smoking marijuana "wasn't an everyday thing." While she waits for an answer, Kemal, 28 and recently divorced, watches the Westerfield trial from...
  • Expert: Body dumped after defendant fell under suspicion (SO WHO DUMPED DANIELLE VAN DAM'S BODY??)

    07/11/2002 6:47:45 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,317 replies · 1,361+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 11, 2002 | Steve Perez/Greg Magnus
    Expert: Body dumped after defendant fell under suspicionby Steve Perez andGreg MagnusSIGNONSANDIEGO July 10, 2002 Union-TribuneSusan L. describes her relationship to David Westerfield. An expert witness called by the defense Wednesday afternoon said he is "very confident" the nude body of Danielle van Dam was probably dumped off Dehesa Road near El Cajon more than a week after murder defendant David Westerfield came under police surveillance. Insect expert David Faulkner testified he based his conclusion upon studies he conducted on larvae and insects recovered from the victim's body, discovered by volunteer searchers on Feb. 27.Westerfield is accused of kidnapping 7-year-old...
  • Defense could pin hopes on insect life..Westerfield Trial Breaking News: BUG EVIDENCE QUESTIONS!!

    07/10/2002 3:17:09 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 789 replies · 906+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | July 10, 2002 | Kristen Green
    Defense could pin hopes on insect life By Kristen Green STAFF WRITER June 30, 2002 In the first four weeks of David Westerfield's murder trial, jurors were schooled in scientific evidence such as blood and DNA, fingerprints and fibers. Now they'll get a crash course in the life cycle of flies. Westerfield's team of lawyers is expected to launch his defense this week, and lead attorney Steven Feldman has hinted that he will use insect biology to prove 7-year-old Danielle van Dam died after police and reporters began tracking his client's every move. That would mean Westerfield couldn't have killed...
  • New evidence implicates Westerfield: (Dusek Fires Final Shot?) Trial Thread, July 10, 2002

    07/09/2002 8:35:39 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,017 replies · 1,411+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 10, 2002 | Steve Perez/Greg Magnus
    New evidence implicates WesterfieldBy Steve Perez andGreg MagnusSIGNONSANDIEGO July 9, 2002 A police specialist says she linked 46 fibers from four locations in David Westerfield's motor home, in every way she could measure, to 19 blue fibers found in the sheet that was used to wrap the body of Danielle van Dam, recovered in East County. The witness, Tanya DuLaney, criminalist with the San Diego Police Department, was called Tuesday as the defense presented its case because she offered new prosecution evidence.DuLaney testified she recovered 46 fibers from four locations in the motor home that Westerfield took on a weekend...
  • EXPERT LINKS PORN TO WESTERFIELD'S SON!: (Feldman's Message To "The Damon"; Don't Leave Town!)

    07/03/2002 3:36:43 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,201 replies · 1,461+ views
    KNSD NBC ^ | July 3, 2002 | KNBC
    Expert Links Porn Images To Westerfield's Son Defense Hopes To Show Child Porn Wasn't Downloaded By Defendant   POSTED: 12:15 p.m. PDT July 3, 2002 UPDATED: 2:55 p.m. PDT July 3, 2002  SAN DIEGO -- A computer expert hired by David Westerfield's defense team said that at least some of the pornography seized from his home was downloaded by the defendant's son. Marcus Lawson (pictured, right), president of Global CompuSearch of Spokane, Wash., testified Wednesday that he found two photographs of naked women and Japanese "anime" computer animations on the hard drive of a Gateway computer in an upstairs...
  • Westerfield Defense Begins Presenting Its Case: (Dusek stumbles to the finish line) July 3, 2002

    07/03/2002 6:41:25 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 727 replies · 1,355+ views
    KFMB ^ | July 3, 2002 | KFMB
    WAS IT ENOUGH??? Westerfield Defense Begins Presenting Its Case Defendants Neighbors Testify On RV And Children   POSTED: 12:06 p.m. PDT July 2, 2002 UPDATED: 6:43 p.m. PDT July 2, 2002 SAN DIEGO -- The defense in the David Westerfield murder trial began presenting its case Tuesday. The defendant's neighbors testified Westerfield did not follow his typical routine with his motorhome the weekend 7-year-old Danielle van Dam disappeared. Janet Roehr, who lives across the street from Westerfield in Sabre Springs, said Westerfield typically left the 35-foot motorhome at his house overnight before leaving for a trip. He usually unloaded...
  • Westerfield attorney's begin defense: Dusek STUNNED by Defense calling for Keith Stone. Barb next?

    07/02/2002 6:10:56 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 441 replies · 766+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 2, 2002 | Union Trib
    Westerfield attorney's begin defense By Jeff Dillon and Steve PerezSIGNONSANDIEGO July 2, 2002 A recovery dog behaved normally during an inspection of the motor home of murder defendant David Westerfield, a police investigator testified at the outset of the defendant's case this afternoon. Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday morning against the man accused of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, but the judge said there is an unspecified witness the prosecution may call before the trial ends. Attorneys for Westerfield began calling defense witnesses this afternoon. Dog's behavior recounted San Diego police homicide investigator James Tomsovic was the...

    07/02/2002 11:03:37 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 56 replies · 753+ views
    KFMB-CBS ^ | July 2, 2002 | KFMB-CBS
    A LOOK BACK AT THE PROSECUTION'S CASE(07-02-2002) - The prosecution began its case with emotional testimony from Brenda and Damon van Dam. "I asked that the room not be cleaned. So we put one of the dog gates up and put a 'do not enter' sign on the door," said Damon van Dam as he talked about Danielle's room. "Do you need a moment, or are you able to continue?" asked prosecutor Jeff Dusek on the second day of the trial. "I'll try. I'll try," replied Damon van Dam as he began to get choked up. Brenda van Dam then...