Jury convicts Scott Dyleski of murder

Lafayette teen guilty of all charges in neighbor’s killing (08-28) 16:42 PDT MARTINEZ — Scott Dyleski, a 17-year-old Lafayette high school student, has been convicted of premeditated first-degree murder with special circumstances and burglary in the bludgeoning death of a Lafayette neighbor, a jury decided today. The jury found Dyleski guilty of killing Pamela Vitale, […]

Witness casts doubt on Scott Dyleski’s alleged motive

MARTINEZ (BCN) — A prosecution witness in the Scott Dyleski murder trial testified this morning that the alleged plot to buy marijuana-growing equipment, his purported motive in the killing, had been foiled the day before 52-year-old Pamela Vitale was slain in her Lafayette home. Dyleski, 17, is accused of the special circumstances murder of his […]

Horowitz Takes Stand In Murder Trial Of Scott Dyleski

(CBS 5 / AP / BCN) — MARTINEZ Biting his lip, his voice shaky, prominent defense lawyer Daniel Horowitz described Tuesday how he immediately sensed something was wrong before finding his wife’s bludgeoned body at their hilltop estate. Taking the stand at the murder trial of his 17-year-old neighbor, Horowitz testified he hadn’t expected his […]

Scott Dyleski Murder Trial Opens With Gruesome Details

(AP) MARTINEZ — Pamela Vitale fought back. Investigators found defensive wounds on her beaten body, including broken hand bones and scratches and bruises, they say indicate she struggled to hold off whoever broke into her home last fall. Opening statements were scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of the person prosecutors allege was responsible […]

Scott Dyleski: Husband’s anguished screams re-enacted at murder trial

‘No, Pamela! No, no, please! No!’ prominent lawyer cried MARTINEZ, California (CourtTV) — Gothic imagery, dark poetry and an obsession with cult murders filled the mind of a former Boy Scout who is accused of brutally killing the wife of a prominent criminal defense attorney, prosecutors told a jury Thursday. “It wasn’t Goth, it wasn’t […]

Scott Dyleski to stand trial

MARTINEZ — Scott Dyleski will stand trial for murder in the slaying of television commentator Daniel Horowitz’s wife, a case that has drawn national attention since the prominent lawyer, while himself involved in a high-profile murder trial, found her body at their home in Lafayette in October. After four day’s testimony, Contra Costa Superior Court […]

Friend says Dyleski talked about killing methods

After slaying, other friends had similar discussions, she says Accused killer Scott Dyleski discussed methods of killing people, including bludgeoning someone’s head 36 or 39 times, after his Lafayette neighbor Pamela Vitale was slain, his girlfriend testified Monday in his murder trial. Dyleski, 17, also commented on how shooting people would cause less pain than […]

Possible Dyleski jurors quizzed on Goth, magic

The prosecutor in the Scott Dyleski murder trial asked prospective jurors Friday whether they were familiar with or knew anyone who embraced the Goth culture or the Wicca religious movement, and whether they had read books about psychopaths, serial killers and Jack the Ripper. The discussion in Contra Costa Superior Court touched on good and […]

Friend: Dyleski ‘outgrew the Goth phase’

LAFAYETTE — The day after Pamela Vitale was found slain Oct. 15, Scott Dyleski had red “abrasion-like” marks on his face and a light scratch on his cheek ending at his nose, a family friend who requested anonymity told ANG Newspapers on Thursday. By Oct. 18, a day before authorities arrested Dyleski in connection with […]

Opening arguments begin in 17-year-old’s murder trial

Prosecutor opens with gory description of Lafayette woman’s slaying MARTINEZ — Three years before he fatally bludgeoned Pamela Vitale and carved a symbol into her back, Scott Dyleski became obsessed with darkness, murder and the occult following his sister’s death in a car accident, prosecutor Harold Jewett said Thursday during his opening statement in the […]

Charges against teen suspect’s mother dropped

The mother of a Lafayette teenager accused of killing his neighbor agreed to testify against the boy today just minutes after prosecutors charged her with being an accessory to the crime. Esther Marion Esther Fielding, whose 16-year-old son Scott Dyleski has been charged in the death of Pamela Vitale, was released from Contra Costa County […]

Vitale murder suspect’s mother arrested

The investigation into the slaying of Lafayette resident Pamela Vitale took a startling turn Thursday when police arrested the mother of the 16-year-old neighbor charged in the killing and booked her on suspicion of being an accessory to murder. Esther Marion Fielding, 53, of Lafayette was arrested on the same day her son, Scott Edgar […]

Spotting Teens Who Are Into Cults

(CBS) The Pamela Vitale murder has drawn renewed attention to the world of cults. Former classmates say suspect Scott Dyleski was showing signs of leaning to the Goth side. Dyleski, 16, is to be tried as an adult in the brutal slaying of Vitale, wife of celebrity attorney Daniel Horowitz. It’s not clear whether Dyleski […]

Vitale Murder Suspect’s Dark Life

(CBS) Newly-released court documents suggest that the slain wife of celebrity defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, Pamela Vitale, had violent attack wounds all over her body. 16-year-old Scott Dyleski, who’s accused of killing Vitale, will be tried as an adult. Hattie Kauffman visited Dyleski’s hometown and learned some there think a difficult family life may have […]

Murder case prompts discussion on teens’ fascination with `gothic’ lifestyle

Experts: Parents shouldn’t fret over wardrobes and musical tastes He goes from baseball and Boy Scouts to black gothic clothes and nail polish, from studying for a merit badge to poring over the “Satanist’s Bible.” Parents of teenagers surely shuddered at the news of Scott Dyleski, the 16-year-old Lafayette boy accused in the savage beating […]
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