Friday, July 24, 2009
UPDATED: for accuracy; Brown arrested Nov. 16th
I just received notice that opening statements in Cameron Brown's retrial for the alleged murder of his daughter, Lauren Key are set to begin Monday, July 27th, 2009 in Judge Pastor's courtroom, 107.
Cameron Brown, a former baggage handler at LAX who liked to surf and hike, took his four-year-old daughter up to Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes on November 8th, 2000. Somehow, Lauren ends up at the bottom of this 120-foot cliff.
November 16th, 2003: Brown is arrested.
August 14th, 2004: Grand Jury returns an indictment for murder charges and special circumstances of lying in wait.
June 15th, 2006: First trial begins.
August 15th, 2006: Jury hangs, mistrial declared. Every single juror agrees with guilt but cannot agree on the charge. 2 jurors for first degree murder; 8 jurors for second degree murder; 2 jurors for manslaughter.
July 27th, 2009: Opening statements in retrial are slated to begin.
During the first trial, Brown was represented by high profile attorney, Mark Geragos. For the retrial, his associate Pat Harris, will take the lead. After the mistrial, the defense was granted a change in venue. The case was moved from the Torrance courthouse to Judge Pastor's courtroom 107, right across the hall from Judge Fidler on the 9th floor of the Criminal Justice Center. Craig Hum is the prosecutor for both trials.
I don't know if I will be able to follow all of this case due to responsibilities at home, but I hope to drop in from time to time. It's my understanding that Dale Falicon, criminalist from the LA County Sheriff's Crime Lab will be one of the prosecution witnesses. I got to meet Dale on my tour of the Crime Lab in April, who along with Bob Keil showed us the Firearms Department. (They were both great!) I believe that Stephan "Steve" Schliebe, (a senior criminalist I also met at the crime lab) is on the witness list.
My attendance will depend on a couple of new developments at home. Sprocket kitty has been diagnosed with hyperthyroid syndrome and will need to see the radiation specialist vet in West Los Angeles on Wednesday. And, we are still trying to get the White Whale Work Truck sea worthy. It's been one delay after another. That's a whale of a story, future entry for the sewing blog.
Correction: Dale Falicon is a deputy specialist, meaning he is "sworn" personnel who, before working in the crime lab worked in various other departments in uniform with firearm. If I'm remembering correctly from his testimony, Dale has been in law enforcement and/or criminal investigations for over 20 years.
Bob Kyle is actually Bob Keil, a senior criminalist, civilian and scientist.