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  • Antioch Police Looking For Missing 12-Year-Old Girl

    03/07/2003 10:52:37 AM PST · by JudgeAmint · 9 replies · 476+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | March 7, 2003, 9:10 AM | The Associated Press
    <p>Antioch (AP) - - Police in Antioch are searching for a 12-year-old girl who left home early this morning with two men in their 20s.</p> <p>Investigators say they don't know if Holly Messick went willingly - or if she's been kidnapped.</p>
  • 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 Westerfield told detectives during interrogation, 'My life is over'

    01/08/2003 3:48:07 PM PST · by libravoter · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Boston Globe Website ^ | 1/8/2003 | AP
    <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) Child killer David Westerfield told detectives interrogating him after the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, ''My life is over,'' and he asked the detectives to leave him alone with a gun.</p> <p>A newly released videotape of the interrogation, conducted three days after Danielle was reported missing, shows Westerfield sitting in a small room fielding questions from two detectives, who pleaded with him at one point to admit to the crime and tell them where to find the girl.</p>
  • 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...
  • Sentencing Set for Friday in Danielle van Dam Murder Case

    01/03/2003 12:30:12 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 1 replies · 252+ views
    FOX ^ | 1/3/03 | AP
    SAN DIEGO — A jury has already recommended convicted child killer David Westerfield be given the death sentence in the February 2002 kidnap and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. On Friday, Judge William Mudd is scheduled to decide his fate. If Mudd follows the jury's recommendation and sentences the 50-year-old engineer to die by lethal injection, Westerfield would be the 617th inmate on California's death row. The judge could opt to sentence Westerfield to life in prison without parole, an option legal observers said was unlikely. In motions filed last week, prosecutors said there was no justification for anything...
  • 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...
  • Defense lawyers in van Dam case ask for new evidence, delay of sentencing

    11/21/2002 2:13:16 PM PST · by Jalapeno · 24 replies · 269+ views
    Court TV ^ | court tv
    Defense lawyers in van Dam case ask for new evidence, delay of sentencing SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for the man convicted of kidnapping and killing Danielle van Dam requested Thursday that his sentencing be delayed and prosecutors hand over evidence they believe could show the 7-year-old girl wasn't kidnapped. If that were the case, David Westerfield would not face the allegation that made him eligible for the death penalty. Danielle vanished from her bedroom on Feb. 1. Her body was discovered along a rural road nearly a month later. A jury recommended that Westerfield be put to death for...
  • Witnesses picked for Westerfield penalty phase ( SBR penalty Watch).

    08/27/2002 8:55:29 PM PDT · by dread78645 · 223 replies · 548+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2002-08-27 | Alex Roth , UT Staff
    The judge in the David Westerfield case said yesterday that he has decided which prosecution witnesses will be allowed to testify at the penalty phas e of the murder trial, but he refused to be specific. Superior Court Judge William Mudd made his announcement following a closed-door hearing with the lawyers. He didn't identify the witnesses or the nature of their testimony. He simply said some prosecution witnesses "will testify, others will not". Westerfield was convicted last week of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. She was discovered missing from her bedroom Feb. 2; her body was found more...
  • VAN DAM MURDER VERDICT [VERDICT IN: GUILTY!]

    08/21/2002 10:03:52 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 998 replies · 732+ views
    ABC radio
    I just heard this at noon.
  • Westerfield guilty of Danielle van Dam's murder

    08/21/2002 4:19:32 PM PDT · by WellsFargo94 · 8 replies · 379+ views
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2002 Posted: 5:13 PM EDT (2113 GMT) | unknown
    <p>A jury Wednesday found David Westerfield guilty of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, whose nude body was dumped near a desert road last winter.</p> <p>Westerfield, a 50-year-old engineer, sat slightly trembling, his face impassive, as the verdicts were read and the jurors were polled individually on each count.</p>
  • WESTERFIELD GUILTY!

    08/21/2002 11:24:33 AM PDT · by maeng · 44 replies · 563+ views
    SS
    JUST ANNOUNCED, WESTERFIELD GUILTY IN VAN DAM CASE.
  • David Westerfield Verdict in 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam murder .... Guilty !

    08/21/2002 11:16:05 AM PDT · by tophat9000 · 9 replies · 789+ views
    KFI radio LA | 8/21/02 | KFI radio LA
    David Westerfield Verdict in 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam murder .... Guilty !
  • DAY 10 OF VAN DAM MURDER TRIAL...VERDICT WATCH!!!

    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 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...
  • Toaster Watch Continues…Day 1

    08/13/2002 11:34:27 AM PDT · by X-Servative · 17 replies · 214+ views
    KCHN-News | August 13, 2002 | Mr. Clean
    SAND DIEGO, CA -- August 13, 2002 -- At approximately 8:45 AM this morning (PDT), two slices from a Thomas’ English Muffin entered the toaster and have yet to emerge. Onlookers, camped around the toaster on the west side of the kitchen, have been waiting impatiently, casting insults at this valiant duo. "I can’t believe it’s taking this long," said Mrs. Margarine. "This is an open and shut procedure that should be completed in just a few minutes." "I guess English muffins can be just as thick as broccoli stocks," declared Berry Jelly, a sweet preserve for the past six...
  • 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...
  • Jury begins deliberations -Prosecutor says victim has pointed to her killer (keep it civil)

    08/09/2002 10:42:06 PM PDT · by dread78645 · 575 replies · 908+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE signonsandiego.com ^ | August 9, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Jurors in the David Westerfield trial began deliberating yesterday after hearing a final statement from the lead prosecutor, who beamed a photo of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam onto the wall and urged the jury to focus on the physical evidence. Finishing closing arguments in the two-month murder trial, prosecutor Jeff Dusek called a blood spot on Westerfield's jacket the "smoking gun." And Dusek imagined what Danielle might tell the jury if someone could bring her back to life "just for a moment" so she could answer the question, "Please tell us who did this to you." "I've already told you,"...
  • 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>
  • 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...
  • Evidence On Insects Likely To Continue: (Westerfield Trial "Creeps" Along At An Ant's Pace!)

    07/28/2002 8:56:21 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 757 replies · 1,541+ views
    Union Trib ^ | June 29, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Evidence on insects likely to continueTrial winding down; closing statements may be this week By Alex RothUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJuly 28, 2002Expect to hear more evidence about insects as the David Westerfield trial enters what could be the final week of testimony before jury deliberations. On Tuesday, prosecutors are scheduled to call Dr. M. Lee Goff of the University of Hawaii as their final rebuttal witness in a trial that has lasted 23 court days. Goff is a forensic entomologist and the author of "A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes."Whether Goff will be the final insect...
  • MUDD MAD! Threates To Close Westerfield Trial To Media-Reports Of Mad-Dogging!!!

    07/25/2002 4:26:37 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 648 replies · 4,207+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 25, 2002 | Yahoo
    MUDD MAD!!! Wed Jul 24, 8:33 PM ET Judge William D. Mudd admonishes the media about attempts to photograph Neal Westerfield, son of defendant David Westerfield, as the son left the courtroom during a break in his testimony Wednesday afternoon, July 24, 2002, in San Diego. The judge had ordered the media not to film the teen. David Westerfield is accused of the kidnapping and murder of 7-year old Danielle van Dam from her home in February. (AP Photo/Pool, Dan Trevan)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: BRENDA VAN DAM DANCED WITH WESTERFIELD: (Modern Day Westside Story?)7-9-02 Trial Watch

    07/08/2002 10:23:15 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,291 replies · 2,059+ views
    KFMB ^ | July 9, 2002 | KFMB
    WITNESSES SAY BRENDA VAN DAM DANCED WITH DAVID WESTERFIELD(07-08-2002) - Three defense witnesses testified Monday that Brenda van Dam and David Westerfield, the man accused of murdering 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, danced together the night before the girl was discovered missing. "Mr. Westerfield and Mrs. van Dam were dancing," said Patricia LePage, describing the scene at Dad's Cafe and Steakhouse the night of Feb. 1. Since the prosecution introduced hair and fibers found at the defendant's house and motorhome, the defense has tried to show the evidence could have been transferred in some other way, such as dancing. The 50-year-old...
  • Witness: Murdered San Diego girl's mother danced with defendant

    07/08/2002 1:03:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 134 replies · 778+ views
    <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) --  The night Danielle van Dam disappeared, the girl's mother was "dirty dancing" with the man accused of killing her 7-year-old daughter, a witness testified Monday.</p> <p>Brenda van Dam was rubbing her hips and bosom against defendant David Westerfield on a crowded dance floor in February, said bar patron Patricia LePage.</p>
  • Defense could pin hopes on insect life

    06/30/2002 2:28:31 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 90 replies · 735+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 30, 2002 | Kristen Green
    Defense could pin hopes on insect life By Kristen Green UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJune 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...
  • A LOOK BACK AT THE PROSECUTION'S CASE (180 FRANK)

    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...
  • 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...
  • Trial of David Westerfield: Experts Testify At Closed-door Sessions: (DEFENSE BEGINS!! 7-02-2002)

    07/01/2002 5:50:00 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 988 replies · 608+ views
    Union Trib ^ | July 2, 2002 | Union Trib
    Animal genetics experts testify at closed-door sessionsSIGNONSANDIEGO July 1, 2002 Two experts on animal genetics testified today in a closed-door hearing to determine if the prosecution will be able to call one last witness in the David Westerfield trial before resting its case. One of the witnesses seen entering the courtroom for the hearing outside the jury's presence was Oliver Ryder.Ryder is an adjunct professor of biology at UCSD and works for the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species at the San Diego Zoo.Joy Halverson, a canine DNA specialist with QuestGen Forensics in Davis, also testified.A third man who took...
  • Anatomy Of A Murder: Westerfield vs. Van Dams (A Mother's Story)

    06/27/2002 6:47:45 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 718 replies · 3,154+ views
    San Diego Online ^ | June 27, 2002 | Kevin Cox
    Anatomy of a MurderThe disappearance of Danielle van Dam was a shocking tragedy that ballooned into more than just a murder case. The parents’ lifestyle—and actions by police, media, lawyers and the district attorney—came into question. As the legal team for defendant David Westerfield begins the fight for his life, here’s a no-holds-barred look behind the scenes of San Diego’s biggest story of 2002.By Kevin Cox Amid the superstores and strip malls that pass for community in the suburbs of San Diego, some small-town traditions remain. Parents still come out to watch their kids play Little League baseball, just like...
  • DAMON VAN DAM Barred From Westerfield Trial: Feldman challenges PORN evidence. 6-26-02 Trial Thread

    06/25/2002 4:33:41 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 924 replies · 165+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | June 25, 2002 | Ben Fox
    Damon van Dam barred from Westerfield trialBy Ben FoxASSOCIATED PRESS June 25, 2002SAN DIEGO – A judge has barred the father of Danielle van Dam from the trial of the man accused of killing his 7-year-old daughter. In a closed hearing, Judge William Mudd ordered Damon van Dam out of the courtroom and instructed him to stay away from the third floor of the courthouse in downtown San Diego."As a father I can certainly appreciate the disdain to which you must hold Mr. Westerfield and his counsel. The fact is, however, you represent a security risk at this point in...
  • Hair in Westerfield home similar to Danielle's: (6-25-2002 Van Dam vs. Westerfield Trial Coverage)

    06/25/2002 9:30:26 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 905 replies · 699+ views
    North County Times-San Diego ^ | June 25, 2002 | Kimberly Epler
    Hair in Westerfield home similar to Danielle'sKIMBERLY EPLER Staff WriterSAN DIEGO ---- A police criminalist testified Monday that tiny pieces of evidence ---- hairs and carpet fibers ---- found in David Westerfield's house and motor home could link the Sabre Springs man to Danielle van Dam, the 7-year-old neighbor he is accused of kidnapping and murdering. Tanya DuLaney, a trace evidence analyst with the San Diego Police Department, said blonde hairs, dog hairs and tan carpet fibers found on Westerfield's property were similar to Danielle's hair, the short brown-gray fur of the van Dam family dog and Danielle's bedroom carpet....
  • Hair in Defendant's Bed May Match Slain Calif. Girl

    06/24/2002 4:07:23 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 3 replies · 80+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 06/24/02 | Unknown
    June 24, 2002 04:00 PM SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Several blond hairs resembling those of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam were found on the bed sheets of a San Diego man accused of kidnapping and killing her, a police forensic expert testified on Monday. Tanya DuLaney, taking the witness stand in the trial of 50-year-old engineer David Westerfield, said more hair possibly belonging to the girl was found in lint from his dryer, along with 18 dog hairs similar to that of the van Dam family dog. DuLaney said three blond hairs were found on bed sheets in the master bedroom...
  • VAN DAM vs. Westerfield, 6-24-02: Televised proceedings a far cry from O.J. fiasco!

    06/24/2002 9:06:32 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 839 replies · 463+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | June 24, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Televised proceedings a far cry from O.J. fiasco By Alex RothUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJune 23, 2002 In retrospect, it's hard to pinpoint the most cartoonish aspect of the O.J. Simpson trial. Maybe it was the sitcom-style insults traded by the attorneys, or the ringing cell phones in the courtroom, or Johnnie Cochran making up rhymes during closing arguments. All of it broadcast live on television. The Simpson case was a public-relations fiasco for the California courts – and many people blamed the television camera. It became conventional wisdom in the legal community that televising trials was a bad idea. The...
  • Westerfield Trial-Weekend Edition

    06/23/2002 9:35:34 AM PDT · by Rheo · 116 replies · 344+ views
    The prosecution has finished up their third week in the case against David Westerfield. To review transcripts of the Preliminary Hearing (PH) or the trial Transcripts/DocumentsFor a look at the window screen that DW supposedly looked out to peer into the VD backyard. Bathroom WindowThe VD's backyardVD BackyardThe trial resumes tomorrow at 9:00am. The prosecution has said they will conclude by the end of the month (6/27).previous thread
  • Danielle's Blood On Jacket And In Motor Home Of David Westerfield (Van Dam Trial Update 6-20-02)

    06/20/2002 2:00:48 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 294 replies · 1,092+ views
    NBC/San Diego ^ | June 20, 2002 | NBC/San Diego
    NBCSandiego.comExpert: Danielle's Blood On Jacket, In Motor Home Chance Of Mismatch Close To Nil POSTED: 10:40 a.m. PDT June 20, 2002UPDATED: 1:06 p.m. PDT June 20, 2002 SAN DIEGO -- A bloodstain found on a jacket belonging to child murder suspect David Westerfield matched a DNA sample from the 7-year-old girl he is accused of killing, a police DNA analyst said Thursday. Danielle van Dam Murder Annette Peer of the San Diego Police Department's forensic biology unit, said that a stain on a jacket that Westerfield left at a dry cleaner and another stain found on the carpet of his...
  • WESTERFIELD TRIAL: Week Three - Day Four

    06/19/2002 8:45:03 PM PDT · by NatureGirl · 854 replies · 669+ views
    San Diego Courtroom Trial | none
    Here's the new thread, all ready for Thursday. Testimony recently discussed includes fingerprint evidence, as well as Westerfield's clean laundry. The Van Dam home was (strangely) devoid of fingerprints, except for a couple of latents that didn't match any of the pizza party people or, apparently, David Westerfield. Westerfield's motorhome didn't contain any of his fingerprints, but did have one print from Danielle L. (the daughter of Westerfield's ex-girlfriend), Jennifer (a friend of Danielle L.), and a partial from Danielle Van Dam. The prosecution said yesterday that they would be finished "in seven court days".
  • WESTERFIELD TRIAL: Week Three - Day Three

    06/18/2002 7:52:41 PM PDT · by UCANSEE2 · 799 replies · 511+ views
    San Diego Courtroom Trial | none
    This is a new thread because the last one has gone over 1000 replies.The last subjects being discussed were the .22 Cartridge spent shell and the possibility Damon wore long sleeve shirts because he had POISON OAK.Danielle's body was found in a patch of POISON OAK.Also being discussed were the , so far, lack of physical evidence, or it being tied to something that could prove Westerfield is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
  • Westerfield Trial Goes Nationwide:Case playing out before nationwide jury.(Barb watch continues)

    06/17/2002 8:41:24 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 1,050 replies · 552+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | June 17, 2002 | Leslie Wolf Branscomb
    Case playing out before nationwide jury of spectators By Leslie Wolf BranscombUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERJune 17, 2002There is only one jury that gets to make the call in the David Westerfield trial. Those 12 citizens sit silently in a San Diego courtroom, ordered not to watch or listen to media coverage of the case and reserve judgment until the end.But there is another jury, outside the courthouse, that numbers in the thousands. Its members watch the trial also, from their living rooms, gyms and doctor's offices, and their commentary on the case runs nonstop on radio talk shows and Internet forums.And...
  • TOW TRUCK DRIVER CLAIMS WESTERFIELD TALKING TO SOMEONE: Phone Records Trace Westerfield's Movements

    06/13/2002 4:28:33 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 874 replies · 431+ views
    KNSD NBC ^ | June 13, 2002 | KNSD NBC
    TOW TRUCK DRIVER CLAIMS HE HEARD WESTERFIELD TALKING TO SOMEONE!!! Phone Records, Witnesses Trace Westerfield's Movements Witnesses On Day 7 Show Movements   POSTED: 12:56 p.m. PDT June 13, 2002 UPDATED: 2:41 p.m. PDT June 13, 2002  SAN DIEGO -- The prosecution in the David Westerfield murder trial called on a cell phone company employee and several campers Thursday to verify the defendant's whereabouts the weekend Danielle van Dam disappeared. A series of calls from Westerfield's cell phone in early February appeared to mirror his rambling motor home trip to the beaches of southern San Diego County and the...