Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stacy Barker Murder Trial Set To Get Under Way? Will it be April or Will It Be May?

Stacey Barker 2009 booking photo
Stacey Barker is a 26 year old Quartz Hills, CA woman accused of killing her 18 month old daughter 2 years ago. During this time, friends of Katfish....Ponders  have been attending the pretrial hearings and sharing what they see and hear. Once again I want to thank these caring women Toria, Ange, Tiffany Diamond, ANurse, and LeftCoastMom for taking time out of their busy lives to attend the hearings.

Anyone who has been following this case will understand the reason I wrote the title to this post as a question, there has been a lot of delays...trial dates set and postponed, failed plea deal negotiations, and more, more, more delays. I'm to the point that I won't believe this trial is happening until I know that a jury has been seated. What I want to do in this post is update you on some recent hearings and what we do know about the (alleged) upcoming trial. :)

                   ~ Case Background  ~

On March 18, 2009 at about 11:00 P.M., Stacey Barker's brother Nick made a 911 call to report his sister was at a Park n Ride (PnR) in Palmdale, CA and needed assistance. He reported his sister had called him for help. We don't know exactly what Stacey told her brother when she called him, but he and her (then?) boyfriend Brendon were already at the PnR when police arrived 3 minutes after the 911 call.

Precious Emma Leigh Barker
  Stacey Barker told police she was attacked as she was loading her 18 month old daughter, Emma Leigh Barker, into her car at the Lancaster, CA city park (after playtime). Barker reported the next thing she can recall was "coming to" 6 hours later at the Palmdale PnR about 15 miles from the Lancaster park,  and realized she was injured, only partially clothed, and her baby,, Emma, was missing....Detectives said that Barker did have injuries consistent with a struggle, including bruises on her head and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities say after making various inconsistent statements, Barker finally admitted making up the abduction story and inflicting the wounds on herself. She said Emma died accidentally, but fearing she would be blamed for Emma's death, she panicked and left her daughter's body in some tall grass near a freeway. Some 12 hours later, Barker led police to Emma’s body, where she had dumped her,  in a grassy lot near the Golden State Freeway in Sylmar, CA.

On April 23, 2009 Barker was arrested at her grandparents home, where she had reportedly began staying sometime after Emma's death. She has been incarcerated at the Central Regional Detention Center since her arrest. Barker was appointed a public defender, Roberto F. Dager(RD). Her bail was set at 1 million dollars. The charges filed against the young mother include Second-Degree Murder, Assault on a Child Causing Death and one count of Child Abuse. The complaint alleges that Barker willfully caused and permitted the child to be injured and harmed and that injury resulted in death. The state of California alleges that Barker suffocated her daughter. Stacey Barker(SB) formally entered a not guilty plea to all counts on August 12, 2009. Representing the state in this case is Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney S. "Kelly" Cromer(KC). The judge overseeing this case is Superior Court Judge Hayden Zackey (JZ).

              ~ Recent Case Developments ~

Even though there has been a number of hearings in the last month in preparation for trial, there really hasn't been much new to report until last week. To be honest the hearings have mainly consisted of a lot of bickering between the state and the defense over discovery, witnesses and outstanding motions....normal trial stuff although I'm surprised a lot of this wasn't completed long ago. Judge Zackey has been more than my opinion ...especially with the defense. If Stacey Barker is convicted, she shouldn't have grounds to appeal based on ineffective counsel. Mr Dager has provided her with a very vigorous defense and filed every kind of motion you can think of. As a true crime and trial junkie, Katfish ponders has often wondered if law school includes a course on whining...if that course is offered, Roberto Dager was probably his teacher's pet. LOL!

This is what Tori had to say about the hearing on March 24, "Another slow ride on the Justice train, although Kelly makes it worth the wait, she is Awesome!"
I don't think Ms. Cromer would mind if I referred to her as a bulldog (She is a dog breeder and active in dog shows in her personal life). From what the girls tell me, Cromer doesn't give Dager an inch, and if she has to bark loud to be heard over Dager's whining she lets it rip. Perhaps a more tactful way to put it is they are both "passionate" about their adversarial roles. LOL!

The "debates" between the state and defense at this hearing were primarily about expert witnesses for both parties. Kelly Cromer asked Roberto Dager (once again) about getting a report from Dr. Harry Bonnell.

Dager told the court that Cromer has talked to Bonnell and she knows what he is going to say.
KC said "Dr. Bonnell was supposed to be here for a "402" your honor"
JZ asks RD, " Where is he?"
Dager replied, " I am not going to have him come here from San Diego just for this special occasion".(We didn't understand that remark??) RD continued," I want to know why you are singling me out. I thought you were going to do a 402 with Ribe too? She knows everything I know!."
KC said, " Your honor, does he expect this court to believe he does not know what his own witness is going to testify to? He is just trying to stall the case and drag his feet again and I would ask the court that if I don't have what Dr.Bonnell is going to testify to, that he be excluded as a witness.
JZ said, "Mr. Dager, just have Dr. Bonnell write a small report and give it or email it to KC."

(According to my notes, KC was asking RD for Dr. Bonnell's report as far back as February 2010. At that time RD told the court, that Dr. Bonnell, a Forensic Pathologist will testify there are tests that Dr. Ribe (Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner James K. Ribe) failed to perform on Emma that would change the cause and manner of death but wouldn't elaborate.) 

Next RD said something about KC talking to Dr.Ribe about the mistakes she said Dr. Ribe made...oooooohhhh she (KC ) yelled," I DID NOT SAY HE MADE ANY MISTAKES! YOUR HONOR WHAT I SAID WAS I FOUND SOMETHING IN THE REPORT THAT I MISSED, BUT IT WAS THERE THE ENTIRE TIME! I do not want it in the press that I said Dr. Ribe made a mistake! RD knows that is not what I said, but he wants to say that in court so people will think that is what was said,  and no, I have not talked to the Dr. at this time.

There was some other discussions about discovery and another witness but what I have told you so far should give you an idea about how this hearing went. Cromer and Dager did not agree on ANYTHING!
Judge Zackey told the parties he has a trial the rest of the week so the next hearing will be on 4/1, then he'll rule on the motions that were brought up earlier in the case. (?) The judge said he wants to set the trial date for the week of April 4th, noting that might change if the trial he has in progress goes longer and the hearing was over. 

The April 1 hearing started out with Judge Zackey telling Roberto Dager and Kelly Cromer that today they will all act professionally......adding he was glad he had DECAF today. ( Emphasis mine.This judge has been very lenient IMO )

Kelly Cromer told the court that Dr.Bonnell still hasn't given his statement and he's not here today as the court ordered, so she asks that Dr. Bonnell be excluded as a witness. Judge Zackey told Dager to call Dr.Bonnell and ask him to submit the report.

RD said " I AM NOT GOING TO CALL HIM". The state knows what I know. They have talked to him, they know what he is going to say. I am not going to call him.
JZ asked RD, "So...are you going to be calling him as a witness?" RD said, " I can't say yet."
JZ told RD, " It sounds like you are not going to use him as a witness."
JZ then asked if Dr. Bonnell was going to say something different then Dr.Ribe?
RD told the judge," Dr. Bonnell will say the same thing as Dr. Ribe, that there is no conclusive cause of death."

KC said, "I am tired of him misstating the facts your honor! Dr.Ribe has a cause and manner of death and it's in the the Coroners report."
RD said, " Dr.Ribes opinion was influenced by the Sheriff's office and they led him to conclude the manner of death was a homicide."
JZ told RD he will have to give KC a statement from DB by 1:30PM today or he is going to start imposing sanctions per sec 1054..he goes on to outline sanctions that can be imposed.....

We don't know what RD objected to but he said he vigorously OBJECTS to that! JZ said," I'll tell you what I'll do, I'll have my reporter put it in the Record in BOLD and UNDERLINED that you OBJECT! (Yep, good thing he had decaf )

We're not sure who brought it up, but the conversation shifts....there are two 6 pack photo line ups that a witness has made an ID on. The person(s) who was identified in the photo line ups was reportedly at the Park n Ride on March 18. RD said something about a conspiracy and asks why is this just being brought up now? Dager tells the court he wants copies of the 6 packs and some phone records. The state contends there was a flurry of text messages they want in at trial. JZ said that he would sign a order for the phone company to give Dager the records within a week.

Tori said she doesn't know if BB (Stacey's boyfriend) got a phone call or had to use the restroom, but he got up and left the courtroom when this discussion about PnR was brought up, he did, however, come right back. There will be more discussion about this photo lineup at a future hearing.(BB hasn't attended another hearing since....which wouldn't necessarily be remarkable, except that he has attended nearly every hearing up to this point.)
Discussion returns to Dr. Bonnell. Judge Zackey tells both sides they will go "In Camera".  The judge, the court reporter, and both sides leave for a bit. When they come back, JZ asks RD," OK, so you will not be calling Dr. Bonnell as a witness, is that right?" RD said, " No, I will not be calling Dr. Bonnell.....

JZ said that the next court date is 4/11 adding they have 10 days to start the trial from that date. JZ thinks that jury selection may take more than the 1 or 2 days ( the norm?) , but the trial he is in right now is going at a snails pace so he doesn't mention an actual date for the trial to start..(T, did I get this right from your notes?)

JZ is about to wrap up the hearing when RD said, " There are 2 defense witnesses in the court today." JZ asked them to stand and state their names and spell them for the court reporter. One is Amber Barela, a friend and co-worker of Stacey. We don't know why she is on the witness list. Earlier in the case she commented at a few forums in defense of Stacey, but made it clear she has absolutely no idea what was going on with Stacey around the time Emma died.(We've heard they were fighting) The other witness is Jennifer Goodnight, a supervisor over Amber and Stacey at Bank Of America.
Kelly Cromer said, " I want to state for the record the witnesses are seated with the Barker Roberto Dager shoots back...."I want to note one is wearing Gray and one wearing black." Dager then told the court that he hasn't spoke to these witnesses yet and he wants to talk to them after the hearing is over. KC said she wanted to speak with them as well. This hearing is over....minus one expert, for 2 defense witnesses? who knows...were they expected to testify to something today? and no trial date....yet.

The April 11 hearing was short and sweet in more ways than one. Short because it didn't take long, sweet because it was short, but more notably because Kelly Cromer and Roberto Dager were being nice to each other...

JZ calls the attorneys to the bench and they have a talk for about 10 minutes. After the attorneys returned to their tables, JZ calls "going on the record" and right away confirmed with both attorneys that the trial is going to be assigned to his courtroom and he would be the judge on the trial. Is that correct RD? Yes! Is that correct KC? Yes! Okay so we have established that it will be here. (Hmmm...can't tell you what that was about, whether there was an issue or if this is just procedure?)

JZ said  that the bus from the jail is having problems, so we have no inmates yet. Dager agreed to waive his client's right to be present. Zackey said "We'll come back on 4/13 to finish up on the motions, 402's and discovery. I want to start jury selection by the 18th adding, I think it will take a few days and a lot of jurors will be dismissed so I am ordering 60 to start with."

JZ  told RD to give the Massiah Motion (that you have written up) to KC today. KC said she will be in her office until 6 tonight, so if RD could get it to her before then it would be great, adding he tends to come in at 4:30 on the dot to give her things...JZ said you both know each others office numbers so you can get in touch by calling...RD said he would give her his cell # as well.( Several days were spent questioning witness and arguing the Massiah Motion. The only reason I can think of for giving it to the state now is that they agreed to some revisions. ??)

KC said that she still hadn't gotten some of the defense witness's statements so she will ask to exclude them at next hearing.

RD wanted to confirm the court would be ruling on his Change Of Venue, Media Exclusion and Massiah Motions at the next hearing..(The judge ruled against the COV motion earlier in the case, so the defense must have made another COV motion, but given the statements at the beginning of today's hearing that this case would stay it Zackey's court... it is confusing)

Judge Zackey everyone is ready for trial? Mr.Dager? Yes. Ms.Cromer? Yes. Zackey replied, "OK, see you here on the 13th." This hearing was over

There was a lot of information covered in April 13 hearing. The state has 7 or 8 and the defense 38 motions (402) not including the defense Massiah Motion that the court needs to make rulings on.Many of the motions were to include or exclude photographs.
Some interesting information came out but it wasn't always clear which or whose motions the information was related to, so I'll just share the information and each sides stance as we understand it.

1)  It was disclosed that 2 people were identified by a witness at the Palmdale Park n Ride where Emma was first reported missing by Stacey Barker. The two 6 pack line up photos were introduced at the hearing on April 1 and clarified further today. Identified were Brendon Borelli (Stacey's boyfriend at the time Emma died) and Nick Barker (Stacey's brother). Before now, in our posts we have usually identified Brendon Borelli as just Brendon or BB, but now that his name is a part of the public record, if we use initials it's for convenience.

Nick Barker was positively identified, but the witness had trouble doing a 100 % ID of BB from the 6 pack line up alone....What this witness (female ParknRide security) said was that she saw Stacey Barker and a man pull into the PnR in the same vehicle. The witness said that soon after they arrived, she noticed the male was gone and a red car was leaving the lot. She was certain that the man who had arrived with Stacey was the same man who returned later with Nick Barker Brendon Borelli).

2) The State wants to use photos of Emma in the location her body was left/dumped, because they show the state of Rigor that Emma was in. KC said they go to show that SB had driven around with Emma dead in the car for HOURS. (ugh! use your imagination) The defense wants any and all pictures of Emma's dead body excluded. I'm not sure what the state's stance is on the autopsy photos, but I would be surprised if they didn't want at least a few in for the jury's eyes only. (Perhaps one of our intrepid court reporters can clarify.) The defense also wants a drawing excluded that allegedly depicts hand marks on Emma's nose and forehead.
UPDATE- The state is not requesting to use any autopsy photos! Thanks T!

3)Another defense motion attempts to exclude testimony from Detectives Nava and McCarthy about their interview / interrogation of Stacey Barker after she was released from the hospital on March 19, 2009. Dager just wants the state to use the audio tapes of the interview to present the evidence of Barker's statements to law enforcement. Cromer argued against that saying that the detectives could better convey Barker's demeanor to the jury and if Dager wants to use the tapes to try and impeach them, fine. The defense doesn't want barker's booking photo used at trial either.

4) Earlier in the case we heard mention of an incident in the holding area at the courthouse. We learned what this is all of the officers allegedly called SB a BABY KILLER and RD objects to her being called names like that by law enforcement. KC said the incident was unsubstantiated. RD said it shows that all LE are against SB and that they are all trying to turn everyone against her, but he concedes he thinks if these deputies get on the stand that they will not confess to saying anything that would get them fired. KC says this has no relevance to Emma's death so doesn't belong in this case to begin with. KC did say if Barker wants to get on the stand maybe they can get it in.

5) Barker was treated by a SART (sexual abuse response team) at the hospital because she said that she had been raped, RD does not want repetitive statements from the Dr.s, Nurses and anyone else she talked to at the hospital...KC said it is relevant because SB claimed she was raped and did have moderate vaginal bruising....(personally I think RD might be right on this one, it should definitely come in that the "rape" was part of her "story" but unless she made incriminating statements they don't need to "elaborate" they know she wasn't raped. kat)

6)The defense wants a large number of pictures and hours of video admitted to show that SB was a loving mother  and how clean the house was and nice Emma's room was decorated . KC said it was a room in Stacey's parent's home and since the parents and other family members were with Emma more then SB, they may have had as much or more than SB to do with the design of  room and the up keep of the home and Emma's room.

7) RD wants evidence and testimony about a party the night before Emma's funeral excluded. Dager said the family had a dinner/get together the night before Emma's funeral...KC called it a party and wanted everyone to know that at this party they played BEER PONG. Dager said it was a just a get together, not a party and the younger people did play Beer Pong but not SB, he said...her Mom even played ...JZ looked amazed and said wait...Emma's Mom or SB's Mom? RD said SB's Mom.
8)The defense wants Barker un-cuffed and un-shackled in front of the jury. They should prevail on this motion because defendants are normally allowed to wear street clothes and are un-cuffed in front of a jury so the jury won't be prejudiced by the defendants appearance. I have seen shackles left on defendants with the tables for both parties skirted so the jury doesn't see the shackles but those have been cases of violent inmates.
Judge Zackey said that the 13th was a fact finding hearing and he still has to rule on the 402's and the Massiah Motion (related to witness x) on the 14th. JZ said he will even take the hearings into Friday if needed because he wants all this stuff done before 4/18, the day he is going to start jury selection and the trial will start once the Jury has been selected...on that day or the day after.....

Before the court went on the record for the April 14 hearing Kelly Cromer gave Roberto Dager a time-stamped copy of the police report from the security guard at the Palmdale Park n Ride. Tori mentioned it was obvious the attorneys were going to be nice to each other again today. Think they had a pep talk from the judge? We can only wonder.

Once on the record, Judge Zackey said that he had went through the 402's at home last night and reviewed the tapes of Detective Sandra Nava's interviews with Witness X and had made some rulings.

JZ ruled that before X went to law enforcement he was NOT a Government Agent, therefore he would be allowed to testify to what he and SB talked about before X contacted the Sheriff's office. At that time X was not infringing on Barker's rights, so there's no need to address Massiah for that. JZ added if the state is going to use any of the recordings made after X was in contact with, they will have to talk about this Massiah Motion again for that. KC said that she did not think she was going to use the tapes but she would listen to them and see if there was anything she wanted to use and let JZ and RD know so they could talk about it.

They talked about pictures again, 2 photo albums full, KC only wants some photos allowed, RD said they need to have both full albums to prove what a good Mother SB was to Emma, How in all the pictures that she was well dressed and matched in colors of clothing, blanket, socks etc....she was not just a kid in a teeshirt and diaper. KC said something about most people do dress their kids well for pictures. Then she talked about how the Barker's parents took care of Emma for the most part and her brother also took care of her for SB. Kelly Cromer told the court that Barker's mother had Emma in the day while SB worked and SB's father had her at night when she was out partying... 

(Stacey Barker's family were shaking there if to say NO we did not watch early interviews Barker's father  had said the family adjusted their work schedules to be available to care for Emma. In defense of Stacey, Amber B. told some of us that if SB was out and they called her that Emma woke up, she would go home right how can they say no they didn't watch her when SB was OUT...will they testify differently? That remains to be seen.)

Whew were almost done here folks. No one from our group was able to attend the hearing on Friday the 15th. Tori said her daughter was at the courthouse on Friday and checked in on Judge Zackey's courtroom during a break in the case she was attending, but the courtroom was locked. None of the local media reported anything on Saturday so we don't even know if there was a hearing Friday.

On Monday, April 18 Tori went to the courthouse to see if she could sit in on the Jury Voir Dire, but no one was in the courtroom. On Tuesday, Tori again went to Judge Zackey's courtroom and the calendar on the outside of the door was FULL but nothing for Stacey Barker was on the list...She said she saw RD but no KC,  so she went home and called someone she knows that would know the scoop. She was told that something like 70 Jurors had been asked for and 57 did come to the courtroom at about 10:30 they had gave the questionnaires to the potential jurors and told them to fill them out and come back on Thursday.  JZ is in downtown on Wednesday so his court is dark.
T's  friend said that they will start polling the Venires on Thursday, 4/21 and maybe go into Friday (no doubt, that is a lot of people) then if a panel is picked they will allow a couple of days for opening statements to be prepared by both sides. looks like the trial could start as early as April 25th or as late as May 2nd....
We still don't know what most of Judge Zackey's rulings were or if he ruled on allowing cameras in the courtroom...I guess we will just have to wait for trial to find that out.

Here is the only media report we have came across so far about jury selection (Thanks LCM):

Jury selection starts in Palmdale child death

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  1. Hey Kat,

    Another great Job...Thank you. in answer to one of your questions, NO the State will not use any of the Autopsy Photos...Kelly said she would spare the Jury from Viewing them.
    The other thing is that the PNR is 15 Miles from Lancaster and SB had been Arrested from her Grandparents house, we are not sure why she was staying there but she was staying with them.
    I think it has something to do with a rumor of something that happened in the Coroners office, I can't be sure and will not repeat what I heard just in case it is not true....
    Her Brother Nick joined the U.S. Military Service, so if he is going to be called as a witness he will have to be flown in from Fla, I think is where they said he was stationed at.
    They said that JZ'S court was dark on Wed but I looked at the LASD website last night and they showed SB on calander for 4/20....I guess I am going to have to see if anything is in the local paper about it.
    I hope this starts soon...T

    BTW Kat did you get that link I sent you on FB? Interesting some of the things this person does huh?

  2. Thanks Kat & Tori!

    Still intrigued by BB being at the PnR. Looking forward to hearing the scoop on that.

    Disgusted by the beer-pong the night before Emma's funeral, but I know grief effects everyone differently - so trying not to go there.

    Autopsy photos are out... makes sense in a way - especially if the bruises that were (supposedly) on her little face are easily legible in the crime scene pix.

    Hope you got a good rest in this AM.

    Hugs LCM

  3. Hello Ladies~

    @T, Thanks for clarifying about the autopsy photos...I didn't have anything specific in my notes...I will get that corrected.

    That's the first I heard SB was arrested at her Grandparents home too....interesting.

    I got the 10 miles to PnR from an early post, probably taken from a media report. Need to fix:)

    That brings to mind another question, where is the spot in Sylmar that Emma was dumped in relation to the PnR and the Lancaster park ? (although, who knows if they were even at the park, it's likely just another part of SB's lies)I even have the cross roads in my notes but to be honest they mean nothing to me because I don't know the area ;)

    I can't believe I left Nick's enlistment out. I definitely meant to put it in....I was running out of gas....that is an important detail!

    It's hard to gauge how long the post is when it's in the Blogger. I probably could have split this into a couple parts.... but I want to keep it as one post because of the background information for a reader not familiar with the case.

    Another thing I didn't mention was the possible penalties she faces if convicted. I'll add links to the penal code for each charge.

    Hmmmm....if you think of anything else, please let me know, such as court yesterday. That would be great if they got a panel seated today!

    I was having some problems with fb yesterday so I need to check that page again.

    Did I have AB's last name right? It didn't seem right when I wrote it for some reason.

    @LCM, yeah the beer pong thing belonged in the post because it was on the record and the judge will rule if it comes in at trial...Looking back at the post, I left out a funny exchange about that between JZ and the court reporter. I'll see if I can fit that in.IMO, it never hurts to have some "light" moments amidst all the tragedy....some might say the same in relation to the "game" played at the Barkers...if Kelly wants it in at trial there may be more to it...we'll see.

    I'm glad but surprised the state isn't using any autopsy photos. Often they are a necessary evil. In CA case, the way they are handling it is for juries eyes only.It is important for them to see that tape for themselves. In this case the crime scene pics are probably enough. How would someone ever get those pictures out of their mind?

    OMG, I just woke up at 3 PM.....still exhausted. I worked on this article from about 8:30 last night until 5:30 this morning.There was just so much more to say than I expected.

    {{{Group HUGS}}}


    ps. I will try to get all the corrections and additions done before I take this post to NP but I need to get a link on the Massiah thread before it closes.

  4. Hey Kat, according to an eye witness - who was in the park that day, SB and Emma weren't there (in the afternoon). I'm very curious if SB dragged Brendon there looking for Emma? Or did they just go out for a bite to eat before letting Nick make the 911 call. :(

    Nick was the one who told reporters that SB was arrested at her Gparents - where she was staying to get away from all the baby stuff. IIRC LE said the same the day she was arrested. There was also a comment along the lines of they also thought "she may have been planning to flee". Don't ever remember hearing more about that but I suppose they knew she would be hearing about the CR. All of the old links I have are now gone.

    IIRC Amber's last name is Borello but you maybe correct, it always reminded me of BB's last name - and looking back a bit I can only find her as Amber or Amber B - she closed her MS account (long ago). BB has been making himself scarce too - hasn't been on MS in forever and FB only rarely since the last hearing he showed up for...

    TTYS! LC

  5. LCM,
    I don't know if we will ever learn the truth of what happened in those "missing hours" unless the state has found a witness that can place her somewhere...or cell phone pings....or...
    ...someone makes a deal to avoid prosecution.??? I don't want to imply or make accusations against anyone except SB because noone has been charged but Stacey; however, the latest relevation that Brendon was at PnR with Stacey, if accurate...could be viewed as suspicious behavior. He obviously didn't disclose that information when interviewed by LE in March 2009. Just saying.

    I do remember seeing in the mainstream media there was concern from police that SB might flee....$1 million bail says a lot too! The court made sure this girl is going nowhere, whether she had plans to flee or not.

    Barrela/Borrelo?, Potato/Patato? Sorry if you see this Amber. We'll get it right....although you probably don't really care.

  6. Hi Girls,

    Amber's last name is Barela, just one to many R's Kat.

    Yeah, it was only mentioned once that she was arrested at Grandparents home, no doubt the Paternal Grandparents and yes they did say they arrested her because she might try to flee.

    The Beer Pong at the get together the night before is so disrespectful, these are suppose to be good CATHOLIC'S, even showed up in court with ashes on their forehead on Ash Wed...If I were the Parents I would have stopped it right as it started, a somber occation yet a dinner or BBQ with Alcohol being served is a party to me not a get together to remember a Child that was everybody's world...what a way to Celebrate her life...with Alcohol! I am just amazed! the parts of the world that Celebrate death by drinking are most of the time painted as Alcoholics, I am sure you all know who these people are. what I want to know is "is there any pictures of this event" and "who does it show playing and drinking" I am sure KC has something but don't know what yet, why would she bring it up if SB was not playing the game or drinking?

    If there is anything I can help with just let me know I am a blog or phone call away.

  7. T,
    I agree about the pong game...there must be something more to it....and It wouldn't even surprize me to hear there was alcohol at Emma's only birthday too....if that is how her life is celebrated....just saying.

    I need to go down to my desktop to finish up the revisions and additions I need to do. I can do it on this netbook but the screen is so small it's a hassell to have too many windows open at one time.
    Did you go to the courthouse today? I noticed the LACS website listed today's date too. I did notice I haid the wrong arrest date and forgot to add a year to SB's age while I was on the booking sheet too. I wouldn't blame you for not sitting through the jury yourself for trial. I did find it interesting during Sheley's assualt trial but admit it was boring after a while...repetitive.
    If you think of anything I need to change or add just hollar...over the web or phone. I have a feeling we will be talking a lot next week :)

  8. Hi All...

    OK so friggen RD can't find 18 people to sit on a Jury for SB and they have called 80...yes the local news said 80...everyone has heard of her or what happened from somewhere, News, Friends or Family, the ones who didn't, could not accept the fact that it was a child that got killed and could not be neutral and I guess they were let go....he is asking for a COV AGAIN! this has gone far enough already...just do it here or leave. JUST DO IT ALREADY! no matter where she goes the people are going to feel the same way, it was a BABY THAT WAS KILLED, no matter what part of LA County they go to people are people and feel for children!

    What a Jack wagon he is, I hope they do take it to LA and get a Judge that is a jerk and puts RD in his place or in Jail if he smarts off to him like he does JZ....

    Hey, it just might backfire on them and a Downtown Jury will give her what she DESERVES! LIFE...more then Emma was given!!

    Can't wait to see what Monday Brings!

    Talk to you all later....

  9. Thanks for the update T! Sorry I didn't call back today. By the time I got back from doing the "Mom" thing I was exhausted. I went straight in to my bed and zonked out....just woke up at 1 a.m. I think I'll just go back to bed and see if I can sleep door more. Judge Zackey is sharing our bites.

  10. Hey Gals!

    What is pizzing me off here is from what I understand it doesn't matter if they have heard about the case - the bottom line is the jurors just need to be able to make their decisions based on the evidence presented - that's all!

    All intelligent people have thoughts about whatever - big deal! Can you set aside what you have heard in order to make an unbiased decision based on the facts that will be presented in court?. How hard is that - it's what our system is based on!

    Have they seated any jurors T??

  11. Not that I know of but there must be some because JZ said that he was suprized at the number of people that have not heard of it, that he thought it would be higher....
    I have not attended the Jury Selection, Family stuff prevented most of it but Craig has reported on it, so that is how I hear what has happened.
    If things go good I will go Monday and find out what I can...TTYL BIG HUGS to all and Happy Easter....

  12. That's exactly right LCM. In this day of the 24/7 news cycle on the internet, radio, TV, newspapers our justice system would be usless if the criteria to seat a jury was to have never heard of a case.
    @T, I hope things go well, but not just so you can report to us ♥
    Woah! just read my comment from 1:20 am....the last 2 sentences don't even make sense. LOL Guess I WAS tired!I don't even remember making the comment.◔_◔.

  13. And we were so polite we said nothing! LOL But I did spend a few moments trying to figure out what you thought you were writing!

    Happy Easter!

  14. LOL Kat,

    I didn't know what to think...sleep door more? and JZ is sharing our bites...maybe your love Bite...LOL....did you dream of him? I didn't even try to figure it out though....yes lack of sleep will make you think crazy things...I have fallen asleep at this computer before...LMAO.
    I hope you all had a Great sprinkled for awhile but all was good.
    Anyway girls will be back later...T

  15. Trial is set for TODAY...I will be back later to fill you in on the days events....

  16. This Stacey Barker person is just awful, beyond that really. That she ended her young daughter's life, threw her out like a sack of trash( not considering what wild animals etc... might come across the remains) and then beat the crap out of herself. She is soooooo crazy!!!! She is wildy dangerous. I hope she is given the worst possible sentence. That baby could've been qiven away etc.. She's a damn impulsive fool. She could have opened her mouth and asked her mom or someone for help. There is no reason to believe she won't ever do something just as crazy in the future.