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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, 52, in her Lafayette home. He could face life in prison but not the death penalty because of his young age. Vitale’s husband of 11 years, noted defense attorney and television analyst Daniel Horowitz, found her dead at their Lafayette home Oct. 15 on rural

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 neighbor Vitale on Oct. 15, 2005. According to prosecutor Harold Jewett, Dyleski broke into the house Vitale shared with her husband, Daniel Horowitz, at 1901 Hunsaker Canyon Road and bludgeoned her to death as a part of a plot to buy lighting equipment for growing

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 wife, Pamela Vitale, to be at home when he arrived the evening of Oct. 15. She was supposed to be at a ballet in Berkeley with a friend. When he saw her Mercedes at their hilltop Lafayette estate, “I just knew it was not good,”

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 for the fatal attack — 17-year-old Scott Dyleski, a neighbor of Vitale and her husband, prominent defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. It was Horowitz who found Vitale’s body last Oct. 15 in the trailer where they were living while their dream home was under construction in

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 even death, it was murder,” prosecutor Harold Jewett said, describing writings and drawings that investigators found in a search of defendant Scott Dyleski‘s bedroom. Dyleski, 17, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pamela Vitale, a mother of two and former Bay Area high-tech

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 Judge Mary Ann O’Malley ruled today that prosecutor Harold Jewett had presented ample evidence that Dyleski, 17, likely killed his neighbor Pamela Vitale, 52, on Oct. 15. Dyleski showed no emotion as O’Malley made her ruling in a Martinez courtroom. The youth, who has been

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 bludgeoning someone, Jena Reddy, 18, told jurors on her second day on the stand while questioned by prosecutor Harold Jewett in Contra Costa County Superior Court. Under cross-examination by Dyleski’s attorney, however, Reddy said that everyone in her circle of friends had been speculating about

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 bad witches, black and white magic and “the dark side,” in what could be key elements in the upcoming trial of Dyleski, who has pleaded not guilty to special-circumstances murder and burglary in the Oct. 15 slaying of Pamela Vitale, the wife of lawyer 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 Vitale’s death, most of the abrasions on his face had faded. “It certainly was not anything that looked like he was in a serious fight,” the friend said, fighting back tears. Yet after Vitale’s body was discovered by her husband, defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, he

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 teenager’s murder trial. Dyleksi, 17, stared blankly at the jury, his chin trembling at times, as Jewett re-enacted the Oct. 15 evening when Vitale’s husband, Oakland criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, discovered her lying dead in a fetal position near the entry way of their