Skip to comments.TOW TRUCK DRIVER CLAIMS WESTERFIELD TALKING TO SOMEONE: Phone Records Trace Westerfield's Movements
Posted on 06/13/2002 4:28:33 PM PDT by FresnoDA
A series of calls from Westerfield's cell phone in early February appeared to mirror his rambling motor home trip to the beaches of southern San Diego County and the Imperial Valley deserts, Verizon Wireless representative Greg Sheets testified.
Westerfield is charged with kidnapping and murdering Danielle. He could face the death penalty if he's convicted.
The prosecution also called a series of witnesses who were at Silver Strand State Beach on Saturday, Feb. 2. Westerfield said he drove his motor home to Silver Strand that morning.
Beverly Jean Askey of El Cajon testified that her family was already at the beach when a motor home that she later learned was Westerfield's pulled into a nearby space sometime before 10 a.m. It was a nice, sunny day she said, yet no one came out of the vehicle.
"He just pulled up, he pulled the front window closed and I never saw anyone again," Askey said.
Two other campers said they saw Westerfield's motor home and noticed that it appeared closed up.
Earlier, Angela Elkus, a resident of the Sabre Springs neighborhood where the van Dams and Westerfield lived, answered questions about the motor home. She said she had seen children playing around the vehicle three or four times when it was parked on the street, but she said they were mostly older children. She also talked about a visit to the van Dam home after Danielle disappeared.
Elkus said she had never been to the home before, but she brought food over for the family on the Sunday after the little girl disappeared. She said that the family's dog appeared "scared, shy, confused and perfectly still" when she came in the house, and it did not bark, she said. Legal analysts say prosecutors want to convince the jury that a stranger could have come into the house and taken Danielle without the dog barking.
(06-13-2002) - Day seven of the David Westerfield trial focuses on where Westerfield went in his motorhome the weekend his neighbor, Danielle van Dam, disappeared.
Five witnesses have been called today, including a Sabre Springs resident, a cell phone representative, who testified about phone calls made from Westerfield's phone, and then three women who camped in Coronado where Westerfield first went that Saturday morning when Danielle was reported missing.
We know that David Westerfield was trying to reach people all weekend from his cell phone and that the calls were as scattered as his meandering trip from the Silver Strand to Glamis and back.
Three women who were at the Silver Strand campsite, where Westerfield went on Saturday morning, February 2, were on the witness stand today.
Beverly Askey of El Cajon was at the Silver Strand in her RV on that weekend. She said that it was a nice day out, but she did have to wear her jacket because it was cold. That testimony is consistent to Westerfield's statement, saying he left the Strand that Saturday afternoon because of the cold weather. But Askey did notice something about Westerfield's motorhome that caught her attention.
"He pulled in and just parked and closed everything up and never came out," said Askey.
"Are you able to estimate for us when it pulled in?" asked the prosecution.
"I think, not really. I think between eight and ten o'clock in the morning," she said.
"Why do you estimate that?"
"Well, eight o'clock in the morning the gates open. And ten o'clock the generators can go on and my daughter was waiting to dry her hair," replied Askey.
We also heard about Westerfield's cell phone use that weekend. Records presented by a representative from Verizon reported a total of ten entries from Westerfield's cell phone that day. They range from calls from the Chula Vista, Ramona, and Imperial County areas.
Looking at a map, the cell phone calls do correspond with the route Westerfield said he took that weekend in his RV excursion.
One witness, yet to be on the stand today, is the ranger from the Silver Strand, who says he returned money to Westerfield in his RV after he overpaid for the campsite.
Barbara Easton lives in Ramona. He pasted through there on the way. Both 50. She could be is first wife or girlfriend from the early days. Barb is known sex maniac. Brenda didn't want her around Danielle. A lot fits.
June 13, 2002
Prosecutors continued today to try to establish where accused kidnap and murder suspect David Westerfield's drove his motor home on the weekend 7-year-old Danielle van Dam disappeared.
Jurors heard a Verizon Wireless records custodian testify about when and where Westerfield's cell phone made contact with cellular telephone relay towers that weekend and heard campers testify to having seen Westerfield's motor home at the Silver Strand State Beach campground on Saturday, Feb. 2, the day Danielle was reported missing.
"It was all closed up," said Teresa Hastings, an El Cajon resident who was camping that weekend. "The drapes were all closed, the awning wasn't up. It was like there was nobody there."
Thursday was the seventh day of testimony in San Diego Superior Court. Westerfield, 50, is accused of the kidnapping and murder of Danielle.
One phone made no calls. Over the weekend, the other was used to make several calls and retrieve voicemail intermittently, while calls made to the phone were diverted to voicemail.
Sheets said company records also showed which cell phone towers the phone calls were relayed through, though he testified that the records didn't show how far away the phone was from the towers when the calls were made.
A cell phone will usually try to connect to the nearest tower, but if that tower is busy, it will try to contact the next nearest tower and can be bounced several towers away, Sheets said.
"So you can't tell us where the user actually was," lead defense attorney Steven Feldman asked Sheets during cross-examination.
"No," Sheets replied.
But he later testified that it's more likely for a call to be routed through the nearest tower on weekends because there is less overall cell phone usage on weekends than on weekdays.
Angela Elkus said the family dog, a "fairly young" gray Weimaraner, took little notice of her, though it was her first visit to the van Dam house.
"When I came in he was just standing there," she said. "He looked rather scared, shy, confused."
One of the nagging questions about the Danielle's disappearance is how anyone could have made his way into the home which was occupied by the girl's parents, brothers, and dog without the dog barking or creating some sort of noise.
The van Dam's have testified the dog was raised around others that had been "debarked."
He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance.
Oh yeah, that is Layla all right!...
The defense may not call her either. Too explosive! They want to show that someone else might have done it, not that someone else might have started it and loyal ole' David might have helped clean up.
Damon's my number one alternate, but I have to admit, if it's true BVD didn't want Barb near Danielle, I have to wonder if Barb hadn't expressed an interest "of some sort" in Danielle, to BVD, at some point.
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