double-murder trial of man accused of strangling the mother of his child and killing his 10-month-old son after she threatened paternity test (death by "sexual circumstances")


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This is the type of animal that fathers rights proponents and mandatory shared parenting and families first propaganda does.. Sooooo wtf how about some more FIX IT SHIT???  more rights for killers, poor fucking dad must have been the economy..?? he lost his job.. or Chris Browns.. “no one taught  me to control my anger.. what the fuck ever. Dead dead dead dead and no one will stop the government of molest rape and murder.

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UPDATE 9-14-09: New classification of death, death by "sexual circumstances" added.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CA- Prosecutor: Man Killed Son, Baby's Mom Over Paternity Case

This is another case of "death by sexual circumstances," this time an innocent baby and mother.

9-9-2009 California:

SAN DIEGO -- Jury deliberations began today in the double-murder trial of a Bonita man accused of strangling the mother of his child and killing his 10-month-old son after she threatened to bring a paternity case.

Dennis Potts, 25, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of murdering 22-year-old Tori Vienneau and their child, Dean Springstube.

Deputy District Attorney Per Hellstrom told jurors in his closing argument that Vienneau was killed on July 26, 2006, on a night she and Potts had dinner plans.

Potts lied to police when he told them he called off dinner with Vienneau, Hellstrom said, because it was the victim who canceled the meeting.

That was the night that the 22-year-old victim planned to tell Potts she was taking him to court over the paternity of their baby, according to Hellstrom.

"This was clearly the catalyst that caused Mr. Potts to kill her," the prosecutor said, telling the jury a notion that a stranger broke into Vienneau's apartment and killed her and her baby was an "absurd conclusion."

A "ping" from a cell phone tower at 6:44 p.m. put the defendant near the victim's apartment in south San Diego around the time she was killed, the prosecutor said.

"(He) simply doesn't have the courage to admit what he did that night," Hellstrom told the jury.

The man who the defense claimed is the real killer, Daniel Moen, couldn't have committed the crimes because he was at work, the prosecutor said.

Besides, Moen cared for Vienneau and loved her baby, Hellstrom said.

"He (Moen) cannot have committed this crime," the prosecutor said. "He must be innocent."

By contrast, Potts had no relationship with his son and lied "up and down" about his role in the murders, Hellstrom said.

The defendant's lifestyle was at risk if he was proven to be the baby's father, the prosecutor said.

Potts erased all of his text messages from that night, then ordered his cell phone records and altered them, the prosecutor said.

The defendant said he was at friend Max Corn's home working on a project when Vienneau was killed.

Hellstrom labeled as "chilling" the Internet searches done by Potts a month before the murders, in which he researched such topics as "how to cheat a swab paternity test," "the best way to kill someone," "getting away with murder" and "getting out of child support."

Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told the jury that Potts did the searches in connection with a school paper on euthanasia. He also had some fascination with death, was interested in mixed martial arts and was worried about his father's failing health, his lawyer said.

Potts' palm print on the door jam of the room where the baby was hung in his crib could have been put there weeks before, because the defendant had been to Vienneau's apartment three or four times, Armstrong argued.

Potts made changes to his cell phone records because he was "scared," but never showed the altered records to anyone, his attorney said.

Just because Potts lied to police doesn't mean he's guilty of murder, Armstrong said.

According to a defense expert, it is possible that Potts was at Corn's house when he took a call from his mother and the call "pinged" off the cell tower near the victim's apartment, Armstrong said.

There is no direct evidence linking Potts to the murders, the defense attorney said.

"This is a 100 percent circumstantial case," Armstrong told the jury.

Hellstrom told the jury that Potts surprised Vienneau in her apartment, knocking her unconscious and then strangling her with the cord from a hair-straightening iron. Potts ripped the victim's blouse to try to make it look like she was sexually assaulted, the prosecutor said.

The defendant then proceeded to the baby's room and hung the child in his crib with a cord from a cell phone charger, Hellstrom said.

"He (the baby) died alone with his mom in the room next door," the prosecutor told the jury.

Hellstrom said Potts lied to police when he said a paternity test he took was legitimate, when in fact he had used his friend Corn's DNA to submit for the test.

Potts is charged with two counts of murder and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, along with a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Corn, who faces a conspiracy charge, will be tried following Potts' trial. ..Source.. by 10News.com

Note: Cross posted from [wp angelfury] A Human Rights Issue-Custodial Justice.