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Wesson Diaries, Other Evidence Released

February 3, 2006 – It was the evidence used to convict Marcus Wesson of murdering nine of his children. Now, newly released family diaries are giving new insight into the convicted killer.

Last year, Marcus Wesson was sent to death row for the murder of nine of his family members. Now, the damaging court evidence used against him has been unsealed.

The newly released evidence offers a window on everyday life at the Wesson household, but defense attorney Ernest Kinney says the boxes of evidence are actually more helpful for the defense team appealing Marcus Wesson’s guilty verdicts and death sentence.

“I don’t think it has any great weight and didn’t do any great things to help the prosecution,” said Kinney.

The evidence includes a large number of diaries written by the Wesson and Solorio girls.

One of Kiani Wesson’s diary entries mentions that the family had a plan in case things got out of hand at their home. Prosecutors say the plan was a suicide plot to kill the children, and two family members testified to that. But the diaries don’t mention murder at all.

“You would think that something that dramatic, somebody would’ve put that in the diary. If not there, I think that’s evidence for the defense,” said Kinney.

There’s also Marcus Wesson’s manuscript for a book resembling a bible. It includes a defense of incest and polygamy.

“I don’t think anybody’s denying there was incest,” said Kinney. “So, the incest is there. It’s gonna stand up. Even he didn’t deny it.”

The recently released evidence also includes pictures used in court but never publicly seen before now, like the gun used to kill the Wesson children and the coffins that lined the family’s living room.

But Kinney says Wesson’s appeal won’t depend on this evidence. He says it will rest on the testimony of Sofina Solorio and Ruby Ortiz, the girls who, according to Sebhrenah Wesson’s diary entries, divided her family.

Wesson will get an automatic appeal because he received the death penalty, but as of now, he has no defense attorney and no court date.

Judge Denies Elizabeth Wesson’s Request

February 2, 2006 – A judge has denied a request by the wife of Marcus Wesson to give back hundreds of items seized from the family’s home in Central Fresno.

There is an automatic appeal on the way for Marcus Wesson, and some of that evidence could come back into play. But even now, the battle to get the items returned isn’t over.

“Imagine if somebody came to your house, took everything you owned and basically sat it in a locker somewhere and said, ‘you can’t ever have this back,'” said Elizabeth Wesson’s attorney Douglas Foster.

Foster says some of the things she wants back include books, videotapes, DVDs and photo albums. Wesson also wants the court to give back a bus, but Foster says it’s not the huge yellow school bus seen in front of the family’s home after the murders in 2004.

Yet after a short hearing, the judge denied Wesson’s motion. He said the request was not specific enough and Elizabeth Wesson has not proven she’s the true owner of all the items.

“We understand why in these kinds of cases—death penalty cases—the judge wants to be cautious about releasing evidence,” said Foster.

Some of that evidence could get a second look as Marcus Wesson appeals his conviction and death sentence.

But Foster says Elizabeth Wesson needs some of the property back for financial reasons. “She’s not a rich woman,” he said. “Some she could sell and make some money out of, and some that have some family value, sentimental value.”

While she tries to avoid the spotlight, Foster says he and his client will come back to court and try again. “She’s doing as well as can be expected. She doesn’t like all the attention on her, obviously, and she wants to put this to bed and go about living the rest of her life.

On another matter, the judge did grant a request to unseal the testimony of two doctors who were expert witnesses for the prosecution. A man who’s writing a book on the case wants the information released because he says it could provide more insight into Marcus Wesson’s state of mind.