James Fayed was found guilty of first degree murder on Thursday, May 19, 2011, with special circumstances of financial gain and lying in wait. Also found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Pamela Fayed.
….10:57 am: BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ! We have a verdict!
…11:38 am: I move down to a chair right by the door so I can exit the courtroom quickly and press send to get the verdict published first. ANOTHER camera guy comes in to try to set up!
….12:05 pm: Judge takes the bench at 12:05 pm. On the record. Fayed is here. Jurors have reached a verdict. I don’t want any reaction, visible reaction …. and I don’t want the jury to be influenced by any way (because if it is a first degree verdict and because of the special circumstance) so can we please bring the jury out.
Guilty of first degree! …
Penalty Phase Day one May, 20, 2011:
First there were some issues the defense presented for the record. Jackson wanted to present a handwritten letter into evidence that was found with Pamela Fayed’s personal things in the storage unit. This letter, dated July 7th, 2006, was confiscated by authorities in the search warrant and the family had never seen it. The defense argued that this letter was hearsay, and no clear evidence it was written by Pamela Fayed. Jackson argued passionately that he wanted to present this letter because it would show clear evidence of the family’s loss. Judge Kennedy in no way shape or form, would allow Jackson to present this letter to witnesses in front of the jury. She was very firm about that. Steve Meister read the letter in court and it appeared to be a letter that Pamela prepared beforehand to be read to her daughter in the event of her death.
Pamela Fayed’s sister Dawn Opoulos testified.
#2 Christina Holland – personal friend of Pamela’s
#3 Scott Goudie – brother of Pamela
#4 Shelbi Hamilton – personal friend of Pamela’s
#5 Greta Baught – oldest sister to Pamela
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May 21, 2011
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