Sunday, August 1, 2010
Observations on the Luttrell murder
Mrs. Luttrell’s attorney, Michael Vergis, said that his client is ‘scared and alone and a little bit confused’. Vergis believes that she was being taken advantage of by someone close to her.
In this KSLA video, a neighbor tells about a couple of earlier incidents involving the housekeeper, Tina VanMoerkerque, who lived on the Luttrells' land and did odd jobs for them. VanMoerkerque arranged with Erick Crain to do the actual shooting.
The story took a very strange twist when Crain confessed on a speakerphone to a former co-worker while Channel 12 video and audio captured the consversation.
Mrs. Luttrell’s daughter says that her mother suffers from Alzheimers, and judging by watching her in the first video, she does seem to be very frail and confused for a 70 year old woman.
It seems to me that if she is under treatment for Alzheimers, her medical records and doctors testimony could exempt her from being tried, or at least offer a credible defense.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts.