I checked the San Joaquin County Superior Court case index today and this case was set to continue this morning. However, an article in local paper reported that the court is closed to all but emergency services effective today. I interpret that to mean that the jury has not come back with a verdict after at least a day and half of deliberating.
I will continue to monitor the case as best I can, but the Lodi newspaper announced it is closing it’s office and that may hamper things.
A source close to the case has let me know that it went to the jury earlier this afternoon.
Nothing of a substantive nature to report on this case. All that is known to those of us not in the courtroom is that the trial is scheduled to continue on Wednesday 3/11/20.
As of a couple of hours ago, the Wiederrich/ Gregor murder case continues apace in San Joaquin county Superior Court.
As for the Mulligan child molestation case in Calaveras County, last week the defendant, George Mulligan, moved to fire his attorney. On 2/20/20 and new public defender was appointed and a new trial setting conference is set for 4/3/20.
As of 2/21/20, the trial of Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton for the murders of Dorothy Wiederrich and Alan Gregor will continue on 2/25/20. No other detailed updates have appeared in the local press.
As of Friday, 1/24/20 the next hearing for Motions in Limine in the trial of Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton, who are accused of murdering Dorothy Wiederrich and Alan Gregor, will be Monday, 1/27/20 at 11:00 AM.
For those who might be wondering a Motion in Limine is defined as, “In U.S. law, a motion in limine (Latin: [ɪn ˈliːmɪnɛ]; “at the start”, literally, “on the threshold”) is a motion, discussed outside the presence of the jury, to request that certain testimony be excluded. The motion is decided by a judge in both civil and criminal proceedings.”
It appears that a jury has been selected in the Wiederrich/Gregor murder trial (although I am speculating on this point) . Motions in limine will be heard on 1/23/20.
A quick check of the San Joaquin County Court Case Index showed that the trial of Kenneth A. Vanderford ( AKA Bobby Presley) and Kevin Etherton for the stabbing murders in Lodi, CA of Dorothy Wiederrich and Alan Karl Gregor looks like it will get underway as scheduled on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 .
Really nice article about a murder from a year ago in San Jose, CA.
The article by Lauren Smiley appears in Wired Magazine and tells the story of how data downloaded from a Fitbit worn by the victim, 67 year old Karen Navarra, led to the arrest of her 90 year old step father, Tony Aiello. Mr. Aiello died in county jail before the case came to trial.
The victim’s Fitbit, security camera footage from a neighbor’s house and blood on clothes found in Tony’s hamper led to his arrest. Tony’s wife believes he didn’t kill her daughter and the crime scene and Tony’s mental capacity seem to support her faith in him. Unidentified male DNA was found on a cigarette butt found at the scene as well. Now that Tony is dead, the case has been dismissed and the County has no incentive to search for the identity of the source of that DNA.
Weiderrich/Gregor Murder Case Update
The next hearing in trial of Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton for the stabbing murders in Lodi, CA of Dorothy Weiderrich and Alan Karl Gregor is scheduled for 1/14/19 at 1:30 PM.
A source has informed me that Vanderford was working or otherwise active in the San Andreas, CA area during 2013. If anyone knows anything about what Vanderford, who also went by the name of Bobby Eugene Presley, was doing at that time, please feel to contact me.