Jurors in ALS Murder Trial Hear About Lack of Drug Store Video

December 24, 2015 - als

On a morning before Christmas, jurors in a hearing of dual women indicted of conspiring to kill a Solvang ALS studious listened testimony Thursday about because they won’t see video notice of one think picking adult a prescription.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department detective and a drug store manager took a declare mount in a Santa Maria trial of Marjorie Good, 89, and Wanda Nelson, 63. 

The women are charged in tie with a genocide of Heidi Good, who had a extensive conflict with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Marjorie Good is Heidi’s mom while Nelson was one of a caretakers for a lady who relied on a ventilator to stay alive. 

Prosecutors contend a women conspired to finish Heidi’s life by giving her complicated doses of remedy and tampering with a respirating machine. Yet, invulnerability attorneys contend a ventilator malfunctioned and that a review was flawed. 

When Heidi died Mar 25, 2013, Nelson was divided from a home picking adult a remedy antibiotic for her patient. Good reportedly was outward gardening. 

Detective Chris Dallenbach told jurors he done mixed attempts to get video notice from Rite Aid, starting in mid-April. 

Dallenbach said he asked store manager Marcus Delfin for a video, selecting a low-key proceed in a review of a questionable death.

“I suspicion Mr. Delfin was really mild initially, and we suspicion he was going to yield what we indispensable rather quickly,” Dallenbach said.

Yet, after several tries, Dallenbach never perceived a video and pronounced he never sought a hunt aver to obtain a recording.

Good’s profession asked how many times a investigator typically contacts somebody before receiving a hunt aver to get a information sought.

“It depends on a circumstances,” Dallenbach said.

Later Thursday morning, a store manager testified he attempted to entrance a notice video though perceived an blunder message. 

“I was kind of misleading on what a blunder summary was so we kept trying. we figured maybe it was usually a complement glitch … ,” Delfin pronounced underneath doubt from Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Gresser. “I didn’t know what it meant during a time so we kept trying.”

Delfin after schooled a complement usually keeps a recordings for a singular time, and found out after articulate to a loss-prevention manager that a blunder summary meant a ask was too aged and a video from Mar 25, 2013, wasn’t accessible any longer.

He pronounced he talked to a investigator Apr 22, 2013.

“I trust that’s accurately 4 weeks if we demeanour during a calendar,” Delfin said. 

Attorney Lori Pedego, who represents Nelson, asked either Delfin progressing said, during testimony before a Santa Barbara County Grand Jury that indicted a women, a recordings were accessible for 30 days.

“That was my understanding, though I’ve listened given it’s a four-week period,” Delfin said, adding he was told a volume of time from dual opposite district loss-prevention managers.

He after pronounced he has listened both figures, and combined he doesn’t know if a video would have been accessible formed on a time lapse.

“I don’t know that is scold solely for when we looked, a video pronounced ‘video unretrievable,’” Delfin said.

He combined there have been other times when a video wasn’t accessible for several reasons.

Dallenbach said he also looked by a store’s profits — those involving credit label purchases over $25 with a patron signature. The investigator pronounced he sought a receipt that had a created signature and corresponded to a transaction involving one of a suspects in a case. 

He also testified he wasn’t wakeful other detectives had formerly performed a paper duplicate of a receipt from a victim’s house.

He pronounced he sought a receipt “to assistance try to brand who was during a store.”

Asked who was the approaching think in a box primarily investigated as a questionable death, Dallenbach pronounced a dual women now on hearing were deliberate probable suspects. 

“The decedent’s father was a possibility,” Dallenbach added. 

As a day’s testimony started, Judge Rogelio Flores thanked a 24 jurors and 7 alternates, observant it’s a initial time in his 29 years on a dais testimony in a hearing occurred on a morning of Christmas Eve.

“All of us here … are shamed by a sacrifices we make portion on a jury, generally for a hearing of this length,” he told jurors and alternatives.

The Nelson jury was discharged early, while a Good jury listened serve testimony associated to a elderly’s woman’s matter to Detective Jared Waits she had not communicated with Nelson in several months. 

Good, who turns 90 in February, has returned to a courtroom after blank several days due to illness.

The hearing will now take an 11-day break. Testimony, that is approaching to hang adult in after January, will resume during 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

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