Cameron J. Brown, Father Accused of Throwing Daughter, Lauren, off Cliff to NOT pay Child Support Trial Coverage by SprocketPosted by Rose in Cameron J. Brown, Defense Attorney Pat Harris, Deputy D. A. Craig Hum, High Proflie Trials, Judge Michael Pastor, Lauren Sarene Key, Sarah Key-Marer, Sprocket, Trials & Tribulations, Trials & Tribulations Daily life of a true crime junkie
[BACKGROUND ON CASE]: Per the AP; A father who had no interest in his 4-year-old daughter did the unimaginable — hurling her off a 120-foot cliff to avoid paying child support, a prosecutor said Monday during the man’s murder retrial.
Cameron Brown, 47, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in the death of Lauren Sarene Key in November 2000. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole.
Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said during his opening statement that Brown killed Lauren because he didn’t want to pay about $1,000 a month in child support.
Defense attorney Pat Harris countered that it was an accident when the girl fell from Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes.
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#7 Saad Omar (hiker at Portuguese Point who observed the defendant and the victim hiking; testimony complete)
#8 Jeremy William Simmons (Sacred Cove visitor who loaned the defendant his cell phone to call 911; testimony complete)
#9 James Witherow (hiker at the scene who saw the victim and defendant on the hillside paved road; testimony complete)
#10 Richard Barber (motorist who observed victim and defendant walking on Palos Verdes Drive South; testimony complete)
#11 Captain Fred Curcio, Jr. (LA Co Firefighter Lt., supervisor at the scene, first responder; testimony complete)
#12 Victor Rosenthal (LA Co. Firefighter specialist; one of the first responders, paramedic but working truck detail that day; testimony complete)
#13 Jessica Paige Brothers (LA Co Sheriff Sgt. at scene; testimony incomplete)
…Last night, I, [Sprocket], went to the Internet to look at satellite views of the terrain. All of the descriptions became clear to me. On the way to the train, I call donchais on the phone and I tell her how to get to see the satellite views of the area. I discuss with her my thoughts on the witnesses I’ve heard so far.
..9:11 am: Pastor waits on the bench. This is different from Fidler who rarely, if ever, waited on the bench. He would always retire to his chambers until everything was ready for him.
Cameron Brown has not been brought into the courtroom yet. I see that one of Sarah Key-Marer’s friends is here.
9:15 am: …Saad Omar is still on the stand, under cross.
Harris puts up a photo, the people’s #82, and Judge Pastor leaves the bench and goes back to that same spot in the jury box.
9:20 am: Sarah Key-Marer and her friends quietly enter the courtroom. Harris is going over with the witness what can be seen from the road above. Harris asks the witness if he knows how many homes are on the hills above Inspiration Point. The witness thinks there are about five houses above it.
Another photo is now presented, an enlarged photo of Sacred Cove between the two points, a nude beach.
CH: From Sacred Cove, you can see Inspiration Point?
SO: You can see the sides but not the top.
PH: Is it your testimony that you can’t see the top of the Inspiration Point form Sacred Cove?
Harris goes over the last area the witness testified that he saw the man and little girl walking along.
SO: The far end of Portuguese Point.
PH: You did not see them head towards Palos Verdes Road?
The witness verifies that once can not get around Portuguese Point on the beach level. Harris puts up on the bulletin board people’s exhibit #6. Harris get the witness to verify his testimony under direct of where he saw Mr. Brown and his daughter walking before.
SO: The paved road.
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August 4, 2009
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