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James Fayed and Pamela Fayed

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! …

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-verdict-watch-day-3746-am.html.

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.

Afternoon session:

#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

For all of the coverage be sure to read Sprocket’s blog “Trials and Tribulations, Sprocket & Company In Depth, True Crime Reporting”. There are several writers now all following cases they have an interest in. This blog just gets better and better.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-penalty-phase-day-1.html.

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May 21, 2011
Used with the permission of Sprocket Trials & Tribulations
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James Fayed and attorney

What the case is about and who is who in this criminal trial of James Fayed MURDER FOR HIRE

Opening Statements will be heard this morning in Dept. 109, Judge Kathleen Kennedy’s courtroom at the downtown Los Angeles Criminal Justice Center (CJC) in the murder-for-hire trial of James Fayed for the July 28, 2008 stabbing death of his wife, Pamela, in a Century City parking structure.

The Fayed’s were in the midst of a bitter divorce and fighting over control of their Camarillo-based gold trading business called Goldfinger Coin and Bullion Sales and an Internet firm, e-Bullion.

From my understanding, right before 6:30 pm, the Fayed’s had been in a meeting with defense attorneys regarding an FBI examination of their business enterprises. Witnesses looked on in horror as a man wielding a knife repeatedly slashed Pamela in the third floor of the parking garage. Paramedics arriving on the scene were unable to save her.

Prosecution team is Eric Harmon and Alan Jackson. Defense is Mark Werksman. Werksman’s co-counsel is Steve Meister, from Werksman’s office.

There are two special circumstance charges, financial gain and lying-in-wait which makes the defendant eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors in Los Angeles County accuse Fayed of paying a former employee, Jose Luis Moya, 50, about $25,000 to arrange his wife’s slaying.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hiretrial-starts.html.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/fayed-murder-for-hire-day-1-opening.html.

May 4th, 2011 Day 1: Part II, Testimony

1. Desiree Goudie – oldest daughter of Pamela Fayed.
2. Delilah Urrea – friend of victim and former employee of Fayed’s company, Goldfinger.
3. Gregory Wallace Herring – family law attorney representing Pamela Fayed at the time of her death.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-1-part.html.

May 5th, 2011 Day 2

4. Mark Avis – Federal prosecutor for US Attorney General’s Office (testimony complete)
5. David Willingham – Criminal defense attorney; first one Pamela had, later disqualified (testimony complete)
6. Carol Nebe – “Best friend” of Pamela since 1989
7. Jean Nelson – Criminal defense attorney; took over for David Willingham

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-2.html.

May 6th, 2011 Day 3

8. Matthew Grode – Attorney; witness who observed attack from office across street
9. Eric Spear – Detective-in-charge at the scene
10. Edwin Rivera – Witness at scene; saw Pamela die
11. Dr. Stephen Schultz, MD – L.A. County Deputy Coroner; performed autopsy
12. Mark Newhouse – FBI Special Agent – assisted in search warrants at various locations

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-3.html.

May 9th, 2011 Day 4

13. Steven Eidson – FBI Special Agent – Aggregated all precious metals seized in warrants
14. Miguel Sanchez - Former employee of Happy Camp Ranch

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-4-gold_13.html.

Pamela Fayed

May 11th, 2011 Day 5 Part I

No testimony; juror’s questioned

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-5-part.html.

May 11th, 2011 Day 5 Part II

15. Alex Samayoa – Owner/Manager of AVIS Rental Car in Camarillo, CA; presents car rental records of the red SUV by Goldfinger
16. Tenille Chacon – Police Officer in Oxnard, CA; stopped and questioned Simmons, Marquez a month before the murders
17. Edward Dixon – ATT Employee; verified phone records of Moya, Fayed, Mercedes
18. Marty McCoy – Former boss and friend of Pamela; accompanied her to a 4th of July party
19. Dan Jensen – Sprint/Nextel Employee; verified phone records of Simmons, Marquez
20. Salaam Abdul-Rahman – Robbery-Homicide Detective; took over investigation in August, 2008

We of course always recommend that you read about any case that Sprocket covers, her diary writing style is truly a way of preserving these cases in an historic concept.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/05/james-fayed-murder-for-hire-day-5-part_15.html.

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©Sprocket
May 18, 2011
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Stephanie Lazarus and Sherri Rae Rasmussen

The Stephanie Lazarus case will have a jury seated some time late spring or early summer of this year. This is a case I’ve kept my eye on as to when it would come to trial because I wanted to cover it in depth. The case was recently featured on NBC’s DATELINE and in May, 2010 on CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery. When the case broke back in 2009, true-crime writer Steve Huff wrote “…sounds like something out of detective fiction.”

Stephanie Lazarus, a 25-year veteran detective of the LAPD with a stellar career has been charged with the 1986 cold-case murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen, a critical care nurse at Glendale Adventist Hospital and the recent bride of Lazarus’s ex-boyfriend, John Ruetten. Rasmussen was beaten and shot at her Van Nuys town house. Video equipment was stacked up on the living room floor near Rasmussen’s body and her car and wedding certificate were missing. Cash, jewelry and valuable items were left behind. Detectives at the time thought it was an interrupted robbery-gone-bad due to another robbery in the area a few weeks later. Despite repeated attempts by Rasmussen’s father that Sherri was being harassed by a female LAPD officer, the “botched robbery” investigation went nowhere and the case quickly went cold. The case was solved by DNA technology and a thorough reinvestigation by LAPD’s cold-case squad. Lazarus was arrested after a four-month investigation in June, 2009.

Sprocket emailed me today asking if we wanted to do lead ins on her coverage of this case and of course I answered her with a big YES…

To read the rest of the background of this cold case visit Trial and Tribulations.

http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/2011/02/stephanie-lazarus-pretrial-hearing-1.html.

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©Sprocket
February 16, 2011
Used with the permission of Sprocket Trials & Tribulations
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The expressions in this blog article are based on the opinions of our true crime writer, Sprocket, please remember we are not lawyers and those opinions expressed here are each of our individual opinions and should not be taken as legal advice and/or legal opinions. The comments following this blog article are the opinions and sole property of the blog site members and do not necessarily reflect those of the site owners.

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