Preliminary hearing in Swanson killing begins
A question about whether God forgives murderers was part of a preliminary hearing in the 1980 killing of a South Lake Tahoe gas station attendant.
The question was posed to Jenna Weller by Andrew Sanford during a conversation the former roommates had during the summer of 2010, according to Weller's testimony in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville on Tuesday.
Sanford is accused of killing 16-year-old Richard Swanson during robbery of the former South “Y” Shell station on Aug. 14, 1980.
El Dorado County prosecutors charged Sanford with murder in connection to Swanson's death in March. Sanford, who was 50 years old at the time charges were filed, pleaded not guilty the following month.
During the 2010 conversation, Weller said Swanson told her “him and his friends did something and he thought someone may have died.”
“He said a kid may have died and asked me if I thought that God would forgive him,” Weller said later in the hearing.
She told Sanford she thought God did forgive murderers, but did not press him for details about his comments, according to her testimony.
During cross-examination of Weller, Sanford's attorney, Erik Schlueter, highlighted that Weller's comments lacked details and did not include a confirmation that anyone had died.
He asked Judge James Wagoner to strike her testimony from the record, saying there was an “insufficient nexus” to connect her conversation with Sanford to the case.
“There's just no tie-in of anything: Time, date, place,” Schlueter said. “There's nothing of relevance.”
“Comments did not come out that he murdered anybody,” Schlueter said...
... He was arrested late last month. Sixteen-year-old Richard Swanson was working alone at a Shell station in August 1980 when he was bound ...
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... Andrew Sanford pleaded not guilty in murder case of Richard Swanson 32 years ago http://www.inedc.com/1-432 ...
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