Tuesday, February 05, 2019

People v. Westerfield (Cal. Supreme Ct. - Feb. 4, 2019)

It was a long time ago.  But I remember it extraordinarily well.  As well am reminded of it every time I go over the Danielle Van Dam memorial overpass here in San Diego.

David Westerfield was convicted and sentenced to death for the high-profile kidnapping and killing of this seven-year old girl.

The murder was in 2002, and it has taken 17 years for the conviction just for the thing to get to the California Supreme Court for the first time.

To the surprise of no one, Mr. Westerfield's conviction and death sentence were unanimously affirmed.