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    IA - Dustin Wehde, 20, shot to death, Early, 13 Dec 2001

    An interesting case I just read about in early, Iowa.
    Thought I'd share it here

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/cas...cc4c002e0.html

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    But today, folks in Early are weighing a contradictory view and a slew of questions: Could she be a master manipulator who planned the killing and concocted an elaborate hoax that let her get away with murder? What exactly is written in the pink journal that police found, and does it show she was justified, or that she's guilty?

    This is the story of a case that baffled investigators and stalled for years. Of an agent whose work resurrected the case and a rookie prosecutor who became obsessed with it. Of the quiet young man whose death ripped apart his family. Of townspeople who panicked after the shooting but soon suspected the official account did not add up.

    Above all, it is the story of a woman who left a trail of deceit from Chicago to Nebraska and has a history of making sensational allegations that are never proven.

    She insists she is telling the truth.

    Read More: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/cas...#ixzz1boj0jjJe

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    This will be an interesting trial. And the woman sounds nuts.

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    WOW! From the way that article reads, she's another sociopath on the loose. I'd like to know what her oldest son says during trial.

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    I read about this yesterday and came looking for a thread, I was surprised there wasnt one. I'd like to know more about this case too. it struck my crime junkie nerve I guess.

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    FORT DODGE, Iowa (KTIV) -
    The trial of a ten-year-old northwest Iowa murder in underway. Tracey Richter is accused of shooting Dustin Wehde to death inside her home, back in 2001. She claims it was self-defense. Prosecutors say it was murder.

    At issue, a pink, spiral notebook found in victim Dustin Wehde's car after the murder, almost ten years ago. Prosecutors say the notebook claims Tracey Richter's ex-husband John Pittman paid Wehde to kill Richter, and their only child Bert.

    "Pittman didn't know Dustin Wehde, and never met Dustin Wehde." Doug Hammerand, Prosecutor, said. "That's information only the defendant would know."

    http://www.ktiv.com/story/15885546/s...rial-concludes

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    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/upd...cc4c03286.html

    "You could pretty much tell where those shots were coming from: they were coming pretty much directly over the head area and down into the head," said Harvey, who attended Wehde's autopsy.

    His testimony came Thursday afternoon as prosecutors continued building their case that Richter planned to kill Wehde, planted a notebook in his car implicating her ex-husband in a murder-for-hire-scheme and then falsely claimed she was the victim of a home invasion.

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    This is a crazy case. I couldn't follow it at first, but once I went back and started reading it came together.

    A question though - why is the pink journal just coming out right now? Why wasn't this investigated 10 years ago?

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    MURDER TRIAL: Jurors are deliberating the fate of the woman accused of shooting to death Dustin Wehde in 2001

    A jury will decide whether a woman killed a 20-year-old Iowa man as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband or to protect her children during a home invasion.

    <<<<<<<<<<< more at link >>>>>>>>>>>>

    http://www.whotv.com/news/who-story-...,7585215.story

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    I wish we knew more about this case.
    I'd like to know how the defense explained Dustin knowing her ex husband in the first place.
    According to this article, Dustin's father committed suicide at his grave.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...e=The_Scene_Of
    "Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come."
    - Kafka
    "Know the right moment."

    What I type here is mostly my opinion.
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    She was found guilty of first degree murder today per my local news channel www.kwwl.com

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    The day after Tracy was found guilty, her father was found dead

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/she...cc4c03286.html

    He was discovered lying in a pool of blood on Nov. 8, one day after a jury found Tracey Richter guilty in the killing of Dustin Wehde on Dec. 13, 2001, in Early, Iowa.
    "At this point, we can't even say if he was alive to hear the verdict," Launderville said. "The timing was very ironic. Who would have thought?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownRice View Post
    This is a crazy case. I couldn't follow it at first, but once I went back and started reading it came together.

    A question though - why is the pink journal just coming out right now? Why wasn't this investigated 10 years ago?
    Watched this case tonight on Dateline. I think, from what I remember, they kept it top secret evidence. Once they interviewed the first husband they determined he had nothing to do with it, but someone else who was involved with the crime might know about it (the notebook). Years later the new investigator (prosecutor?) was interviewing Tracey's friend Mary I think, and said they had some new evidence. And she goes something like oh the notebook? She said Tracey had told her that the cops were gonna be arresting the exhubby soon and there was evidence in a notebook. Why she didn't tell the cops this earlier in the case I can't remember. Anyways, very interesting case, and I wonder if there is anywhere online to read the whole journal? Or other case documents?

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    http://wislawjournal.com/2012/04/04/...-her-defense/#



    "IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A mother convicted of a high-profile Iowa murder wrote to a Wisconsin child sex offender in an attempt to find a witness to bolster her legal defense, but the letter was alarming because it included a photograph of children and personal information about her ex-husband, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

    The prosecutor who convicted Tracey Richter said he was concerned enough that he alerted an attorney for the ex-husband, Michael Roberts, who is locked in a custody dispute over whether he can move with their two children to his native Australia. The letter included information that could be used to find Roberts, such as his Social Security number, date of birth and physical description."

    more at link

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachelle View Post
    Watched this case tonight on Dateline. I think, from what I remember, they kept it top secret evidence. Once they interviewed the first husband they determined he had nothing to do with it, but someone else who was involved with the crime might know about it (the notebook). Years later the new investigator (prosecutor?) was interviewing Tracey's friend Mary I think, and said they had some new evidence. And she goes something like oh the notebook? She said Tracey had told her that the cops were gonna be arresting the exhubby soon and there was evidence in a notebook. Why she didn't tell the cops this earlier in the case I can't remember. Anyways, very interesting case, and I wonder if there is anywhere online to read the whole journal? Or other case documents?
    Thanks! I have it taped. When I read the Dateline info, I thought it must be this case. Can't wait to watch it.

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