A brother of convicted child kidnapper Curtis Dean Anderson, the former Vallejo cab driver charged with abducting and murdering 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild, testified Tuesday about how Anderson admitted five years ago to "taking" a girl.
On the second day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether Anderson should stand trial in Xiana's slaying, 42-year-old Zack W. Anderson recounted a brief conversation with his older brother about six months after the Vallejo girl's 1999 disappearance.
"He said, 'I took that girl,'" Zack Anderson said under questioning by deputy district attorney Charles Constantinides. He said he didn't take his brother's words seriously, mainly because of Curtis Anderson's penchant for telling tall tales.
Curtis Anderson, who turned 44 on Tuesday, is charged with kidnapping, molesting and murdering Xiana, who disappeared from Vallejo on Dec. 9, 1999. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which include special circumstance allegations that raise the possibility of a death penalty.
Xiana's skull was found in the Santa Cruz Mountains in January 2001. Curtis Anderson was arrested and charged in May 2004 in her death. For several years, Anderson had suggested to police and reporters he had something to do with Xiana's disappearance. Some of his claims have been corroborated; others have not.
Curtis Anderson is serving a sentence of 251 years in prison for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old Vallejo girl in August 2000.