01-10-2009, 10:30 AM #1
Special Jury Trial-January 8,9 and 13, 2009
William Walker aka Alonzo Fernandez is finally facing a jury for some of the elements associated with the death of Tawni Lee. Judge Janna Vanderpool is presiding over a preceding that will determine if she can lengthen his sentence from the remainder of time he was to serve after he skipped the state.
The trial is taking place in Pinal County Superior Court. The jury was picked on 1/8/2009 at the conclusion of motions regarding what is relevant to this hearing: prior convictions, subsequent convictions, whether the jury would be seeing the photos of poor Tawni's broken body from both the hospital and the morgue, and whether or not her family members would be allowed to testify to the emotional harm inflicted.
On January 9, the witness testimony took place. Det. Mike Lancaster and Suzi Dodt the Medical Examiner were among people giving information. Testimony concluded with Deb O'Sullivan's statement regarding the day her child disappeared from her life.
Closing arguments, jury instruction and jury deliberation will take place on January 13, 2009 at 130PM. The jury needs to come back with a single decision; were there aggravating circumstances that warrant an extended sentence for William Walker.
The family and the world pray and wait....
01-11-2009, 12:53 AM #2
Praying for some long overdue justice.
01-12-2009, 04:38 AM #3
Same here. My prayers continue to go out to this family. I hope they receive justice for Tawni.
01-12-2009, 12:08 PM #4Registered User
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Thank you for the update Believe09. I had been wondering if anything was going on. Out of habit, i still look to Tawni's forum every single time i log on to WS. Her and her family was on my mind alot over the Holidays. Praying that Tawni and her family will finally be able to have some justice.
01-12-2009, 01:03 PM #5
Thanks for always staying on top of things for us, believe!
01-13-2009, 07:22 PM #6
Jury just got the case...
so we wait.....
01-13-2009, 08:39 PM #7
The defendant is guilty of aggravating factors and the judge will be sentencing him shortly...
01-13-2009, 08:53 PM #8
when you have an update!
01-13-2009, 09:03 PM #9
He received the max....
the judge's hands were tied at 3.75 years.
I want to take a moment to thank, most sincerely, the jurors, the attorneys, Suzi Dodt and Det Mike Lancaster for the work they put into this case. You spoke for all of us who were so invested in this outcome, but most importantly you spoke for Tawni Lee Mazzone, dead too soon at 17.
Peace to all of you!!!
01-14-2009, 08:44 AM #10
01-14-2009, 10:24 AM #11Registered User
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01-14-2009, 12:01 PM #12
Ugh...the law needs help.
On the other hand, at least he got the maximum that he could and a measure of justice has been served for this girl and her family.Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.---Patrick Moynihan
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01-14-2009, 12:57 PM #13
Start writing your legislators folks-this doesn't seem like a big deal until it happens to you.
FWIW and as I see it-
WW was paper pushed from the get go-did they get any priors on the dude when they ran his prints in 1999? How is is possible for someone who has served time in the prison system in the Pacific NW to be able to create a new ID and destroy lives in AZ, and no one seems to care/notice?? He was on parole when he committed this offense. PAROLE-in another state. Why wasn't he sent back? Why was he given a plea deal that included waiving all future charges??? Manna from heaven for a guy like this who is a serial offender.
Tawni didn't have a chance, but she went down swinging and lived for one whole day when medical science indicated she should have died.
Let's all pray that during the next 3.75 years, young women that actually survived his attentions start to come forward and that there are no other iron clad plea deals in his past to contend with....
01-14-2009, 01:14 PM #14Registered User
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It is heartbreaking to have to have something like this happen before people realize the Laws are flawed. And it is sickening what WW has been allowed to get away with. Tawni will have justice, whether it be here on earth or someplace higher.
Thank you again Belive for the updates.
03-08-2009, 02:26 AM #15Registered User
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I'm new here at this site. I just have one question. This man's only getting 3.75 years for committing this murder?!!