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A Sad Anniversary

On a hot, sunny Saturday morning three years ago today, Leila Fowler was brutally murdered in her home on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, CA.  Calaveras County believes the killer is behind bars despite the remarkable lack of evidence to support that conviction.

We honor Leila by continuing to search for the real killer and interviews with witnesses we were unable to reach have been conducted as recently as yesterday evening.

If anyone has any information they believe was overlooked or never followed up on please let us know.

 

 

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Leila Fowler Trial Information

Due scheduling conflicts and continued testing of key physical evidence, the trial date in the Leila Fowler murder case was moved from August 5, 2015 to September 15, 2015.

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The Leila Fowler Murder case is pushed back to August 5th, 2015 to allow for more DNA testing.

The testing of unidentified DNA found on Leila Fowler is taking longer than expected and as a result the start of trial scheduled for May 18th, 2015 was pushed back to August 5th.

All that can be said now is that the DNA does not match any of Leila’s relatives, including the accused killer, her brother Isaiah.

http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/239669/dna-questions-continue-cloud-fowler-case.html

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The truth based on evidence coming out in the Leila Fowler Case.

The following is from Channel 10 KXTV’s George Warren:

http://www.news10.net/story/news/2015/02/17/attorneys-say-leila-fowler-murder-case-crumbling/23573793/

SACRAMENTO – The attorneys defending the 14-year-old boy accused of savagely stabbing his younger sister to death are arguing for his release from juvenile hall pending trial because they claim new evidence suggests he’s innocent.

In a motion filed Tuesday in Calaveras County Superior Court, the Sacramento law firm of Reichel & Plesser offered a point-by-point analysis of evidence, some of it discovered just last month, they say supports the boy’s claim that an intruder killed 8-year-old Leila Fowler on the morning of April 27, 2013.

The knife

The contract pathologist from Stockton who performed the autopsy concluded Leila died from being stabbed and slashed by a knife-like weapon more than 20 times and he noted there was no indication the weapon was a serrated knife.

According to the defense bail motion, investigators discovered a small amount of Leila’s blood under the wooden handle of a serrated steak knife with a slightly bent blade found in the kitchen, which they assumed was the murder weapon.

But the defense team says the pathologist, Dr. Robert Lawrence, specifically excluded the steak knife as a possible murder weapon when it was shown to him during the autopsy.

The cleanup?

The bail motion pointed out the large amount of blood spatter, pooled blood and the number and nature of Leila’s wounds suggest the perpetrator would have been covered with blood following the attack.

But photographs of the boy, then 12, taken at the hospital shortly after the murder show no blood on his body or clothing. A close- up of his dirty bare feet suggest he had not recently bathed.

But photographs of the boy, then 12, taken at the hospital shortly after the murder show no blood on his body or clothing. A close- up of his dirty bare feet suggest he had not recently bathed.

No blood-soaked clothes were found in spite of an extensive search of the neighborhood.

The court filing also revealed that law enforcement collected all the drains and traps from sinks, showers and tubs in the Fowler’s Valley Springs home and found no evidence of Leila’s blood or cleaning products in the plumbing.

Evidence of an intruder

According to the bail motion, evidence of an intruder in the Fowler house was not made known to the defense until last month when a DNA test requested by the defense team showed male DNA on a strand of Leila’s hair found in the cleft of her buttocks.

The motion says the California Department of Justice, which conducted the test, concluded the male DNA found on Leila’s hair may come from a male relative of Barney Fowler, Leila’s father — although all male relatives who live in the house or had recently visited have been excluded.

Attorney Steven Plesser said in an interview that additional testing is underway to determine whether the DNA is from blood, saliva or semen.

On Friday, Plesser will argue for the Fowler boy’s release into the care of his stepmother’s parents in Stockton pending his trial, scheduled for May 18.

“The family wants him out,” Plesser said. “Nothing has been presented to them to prove to them that he did this crime. They don’t want him to waste any more of his youth behind bars while the prosecution’s case seems to get weaker and weaker.”

Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

I can tell you from personal knowledge this isn’t all that will come out at trial.

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Isaiah Fowler Trial Update

The hearing held on Monday Otober 6, 2014 resulted in setting a hearing scheduled for Tuesday November 25, 2014 to a a new trial date. The issue of testing physical evidence continues to be central to the delays.

In the meantime, internet sniping continues and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Dept. continues to leave its motor idling in the Norman Gresham murder case. In October 25, 2013 article appearing on http://www.mymotherload.com, Sheriff Kuntz was quoted as saying, “When I get back to work on Monday, I am going to get my Homicide Investigators together get a full briefing. If it’s what I’m thinking it’s going to be, we will probably make an arrest next week.” Now more than a year later and the survivor and uncooperative witness Jessica Elder claims to be out touring the country in a 5th wheeler and no arrest has been made. Not a mention in the papers and no one in West Point seems to care either.

In a September radio interview Sheriff Kuntz simply said that he believed his department is on the right track in the Gresham case. Apparently it is not an express line.

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New hearing to set a trial date for the Isaiah Fowler Trial.

September 22, 2014 was supposed to be the start of the Leila Fowler murder trial. Instead of a Calaveras County Superior Court Judge hearing opening statements in the case, he set October 6, 2014 as the date for a hearing to set a new trial date. Testing by defense experts of the blood and DNA samples that the prosecution held for 14 months could not be fully completed in the two months the defense had access to them.

Today’s hearing was punctuated by a confrontation between friends of the Fowler family and an individual who has repeatedly hurled accusations at the family from the safety of the internet and from positions in the crowds that appeared at the earlier hearings. He has even been confronted by Calaveras County Sheriffs regarding allegations that he had access to private documents.

To give you an some idea of what kind of person he is, his Face Book page prominently features photos of the compound fracture of the leg suffered by the University of Louisville’s Kevin Ware in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Why anyone would display the photo of this young man’s broken bone jutting out from below his knee is beyond my ability to comprehend. However, that is the mentality of man who has taken it upon himself to harass the Fowler family.

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Leila Fowler Murder Case Update

Both sides were in court today to begin formally hashing out a variety of evidentiary issues.  The specifics were deemed sealed by the court and therefore cannot be discussed publicly at this point.  The next hearing to further address these issues will be held on June 23rd.

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