Here is a brief overview of what happened in court this past Monday and Tuesday. The past few days have been such a blur, and I’m not going to go over every little detail. Just the main points.
(If you are unfamiliar with the case you can read about it here; Olympia man charged with decapitation murders of two women. In the end he admitted to remembering everything about that night and exactly what he had done to Theresa and to my daughter Mary. There are recordings of people visiting him in jail and not once did he ever say he was sorry or appear to be remorseful. In fact this idiot truly believes he is one of the 144 thousand of Jehovah’s chosen few to go to heaven. At this time there is not enough evidence to prove that Lindsey and Dallas held those girls down while Matthew murdered them. We all know that they did, we just cannot prove it.)
Dallas’s statements were a joke. All he would say is “I don’t remember”, “I was too high on drugs, I don’t remember”, and “I lied to the detectives”. It was very apparent to the judge and to the jury that Dallas was lying to protect his uncle.
Every time the prosecution would begin to question Dallas, Matthew’s lawyer kept objecting. The kind of objections he was making kept the jurors out of the courtroom. The jury kept having to leave, come back, leave, come back, leave, come back. (the jury could not listen to the reasons for the objections because it would have tainted their verdict.) At any rate, this was pissing off the jury and Judge Nevin. He sat with his face in his hands on several occasions…. it was clear that he was not happy with Matthews lawyer.
On Tuesday Dallas was supposed to get back up on the stand again. And again Matthew’s lawyer started his stall tactics by objecting and sending the jury out of the courtroom. The judge was having no more of this and he finally said something. They weren’t getting anywhere with Dallas so they called Lindsey to the stand.
The prosecution said something to her about that night in the house and she said “I was in the house?”. Lindsey said she didn’t remember being at the house. At another time he asked her about the night she was arrested and she said “I was arrested?”. She did the same thing as Dallas and kept saying she didn’t remember. Not only did the judge see through this bullshit but so did the jury. Things were not looking good for them. At all. So we broke for lunch.
While at lunch I received a call asking if I could come back from lunch early to meet with the prosecution (Greg Greer and Jesse Williams) so off I went. Matthews lawyer offered a plea deal, something obscene like 1 count of second degree murder and 20 years. That was flatly refused. They went back and forth but the prosecution stood their ground. The defense knew how badly things were going for them so that’s why a plea deal was made. This was out of the blue and completely unexpected.
Matthew Leopold was sentenced to 60 years. He will not get out early for good behavior. He gave up his rights to any appeals when he signed the plea deal. He will be dead many years before he is eligible to be released. Before you say that 60 years isn’t enough remember that he isn’t getting out. If he were to live long enough he’d be 94 years old when released. He’s not going anywhere. In my eyes he was sentenced to life in prison. I am happy with that.
A piece of advice from someone in-the-know; if you get into any kind of legal trouble do not hire Leslie Tolzin to get you out of it. He’s an idiot.
If you’ve made it this far and read everything I wrote, know that I am currently in contact with Facebook to have Mary’s last name changed on her account. I left it there in case the jury needed to see it. Mary was very close to Matthew Leupold, his sister Lindsey Leupold, and Lindsey’s son Dallas. She considered them family and had even called Lindsey her second mom. She trusted Lindsey and loved her deeply. I knew from the moment I saw them that they were scummy, but any parent will tell you that sometimes you cannot say anything against people that your adult child is friends with. Not unless you want to create a rift in your own relationship with them.