This clip aired on Sacramento’s KCRA yesterday.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
In the company of Mark Reichel, the Defense Attorney for Isaiah Fowler, I spent Saturday in and around the crime scene of the Leila Fowler stabbing. The community is not as isolated as one might think and the neighbors were glad the initial law enforcement and media frenzy has passed. There were a few obvious instances of people driving past the house out of curiosity.
Inside the Fowler’s former residence it is quiet, but not gory. The various law enforcement agencies ripped out furniture, carpets, plaster board from the walls and even the fireplace in the living room. Any place where evidence might be hidden was opened up and left open. The room where the killing took place is void of any personality because nothing but chemically treated blood stains remain on the wall. Only when you begin to mentally recreate what happened in that room does a chill consume you.
However this case plays out, that feeling will never leave me.
My next class at the Learning Exchange on how to find anything on anybody will be on September 19th, 2013. I hope to see you there.
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We’ll get the first good look at case Calaveras County feels it has against the alleged killer of Leila Fowler. Her brother Isiah will be in court today and his attorneys Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser will get their first real look at the evidence collected thus.
Much of the time and investigator grinds out the day-to-day work involved in personal injury cases and the like. Sometimes a really interesting and high-profile case comes in and you just feel the adrenaline start pumping.
That happened yesterday, when I was contacted by Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser of Reichel & Plesser Law (www.reichelplesser.com) to be the investigator in the very tragic stabbing death of 12-year-old Leila Fowler of Valley Springs, California.
For those who have not heard of this case, the violent death of eight year old Leila took place in her home on April 27 of this year. The only other person at home at the time of her stabbing was her 12-year-old brother. Her brother called Leila’s father and girlfriend who were attending a Little League baseball game at the time to tell them he saw a man hitting his sister and that he scared the stranger from the house.
When Leila’s father and girlfriend arrived at the house, followed shortly thereafter by the local police, Leila was found still bleeding from 21 stab wounds. Based an a vague description of the alleged attacker, the area was locked down and search commenced. The small community situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Stockton was on high alert.
On Saturday May 10, authorities arrested Leila’s 12-year-old brother and charge him with the murder of his sister. On Wednesday, May 13, Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser (www.reichelplesser.com) were retained to represent the defendant and I was asked to come on board as their investigator.
This is a very high-profile case, but the nature of my job is no different from it is in any case. Attorneys don’t like surprises. Litigation is a minefield of surprises and my job is to clear the mines. It doesn’t matter if the information I uncover helps or hurts our client’s case. What matters is that it doesn’t come as mine that Reichel and/or Plesser step on at trial.
This case appears to be a very large minefield and there is a lot of work to be done.