Authorities in the Central Valley area of California now believe the brothers have long been missing Orrin West4 and Orson WestThree people were killed three months before they were reported missing in December 2020.
“It was a terrible tragedy that these precious boys lost their lives,” Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer speak in a press conference late Wednesday morning local time.
“Orrin and Orson West have passed away,” the DA continued. “They were dead three months before their adoptive parents announced they were missing.”
The boys’ foster parents, Trezell Phillip West35 and Jacqueline Gabrielle WestThe 32-year-old was indicted by a Kern County grand jury after presenting evidence that lasted three months, the DA said. The couple from the City of California, California, were arrested by the Bakersfield Police Department last night and are being held without bail.
The accused are accused with two counts of second-degree murder and willful cruelty to a child, Law & Crime previously reported. Both were charged with one count of making false reports about the emergency.
During the press conference, the DA repeatedly said that she was prohibited from discussing the circumstances of the case, citing her own interpretation of California’s legal code of ethics.
“I can’t say anything like that,” Zimmer said at one point when asked about the circumstances of the alleged deaths. “We are prohibited from discussing the details of the case.”
The presentation was mostly concluding, but Zimmer explained the indictment and jury process while defending the decision to go to trial without the brothers’ bodies being found.
The adoptive parents have repeatedly said that they last saw Orrin West and Orson West play ball outdoors on the afternoon of December 21, 2020. The false accusations brought by law enforcement today appear to be would seriously damage that long advertised timeline.
“The search for the boys began after the real tragedy,” Bakersfield Sheriff Greg Terry said in the press conference. “This is not the solution in this case. And there will be no resolution in this case – not quite – until these boys are sent home. “
“The bottom line is we have two young boys who we believe are no longer here, are dead, and that’s horrible,” said California City Sheriff Jon Walkerwho will resign at the end of the month, added.
During the Q&A section of the press conference, two reporters asked two different questions about the three-month gap between the brothers’ alleged murders and Officially reported the disappearance. After allegedly searching for the brothers that night, the defendants called the police and asked the missing to report.
A reporter asked how the murder charges could be proven without a body but were shut down by the DA, who reverted to a previous defense she offered about revolving trials. around “no murder” success.
Another reporter asked if it was because of that three-month timeline that Orrin West and Orson West had been in California City in the first place. The DA did not respond but said it was a “good question.”
Other reporters asked various questions and had similar bad luck getting concrete factual answers from Zimmer on Wednesday.
At one point, the DA was agitated by the question of the placement process of Golden State child welfare agencies. Orrin West and Orson West are named Classic Pettus and Cincere Pettus birth stick. Their biological father, Charles Pettus, raised concerns about the adoption process and filed a lawsuit against Kern County officials. The father also expressed disappointment at the way the boy’s immediate relatives were made aware of the children’s disappearance and presumed death. Law & Crime has properly acknowledge concerns in a previous report.
Some of those concerns were echoed by reporters.
“We’ve reached out to the family,” Zimmer said in response to a question about law enforcement’s efforts to provide answers to the brothers’ biological parents. But again, she didn’t go into detail.
“It’s called a jury trial, sir,” said Zimmer, again sounding agitated, when asked how news of the boys’ presumed deaths would be made available. provided to the immediate family. “I think last night’s news did it.”
Keeping the mother all but transparent, the DA also declined to explain why it charges the defendants with second-degree murder, if any additional arrests are planned or provides details. details about four other children formerly in the Western family.
Generally, the Golden State second-degree murder charge alleges that a criminal defendant acted with malice and intent but without forethought or forethought.
The defendants are scheduled to be heard on March 3, 2022.
Law & Crime called and emailed the local court clerk’s office to seek copies of the case files that are currently amassing against both defendants. The office referred us to the Bakersfield Police Department for a number of documents and said others, including the indictment itself, have yet to be released to the public.
[image via screengrab/Kern County District Attorney’s Office]
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