Cameron Brown looks smug in this 2009 photo, while in court during the second trial for the murder of his daughter.
*It’s been almost 15 years (and two deadlocked jury trials) since the murder of little Lauren Sarene Key, who was literally hurled off of a 120-foot cliff by her father; who didn’t want her anyway, and was in the midst of a bitter custody and child support battle with the child’s mother.
But the third time is indeed a charm, and it took this jury a little over a day to come back with a guilty verdict.
Now, with that said, let me ask you this: Aren’t you f**king tired of hearing about how easily parents kill their children?
These stories used to be few-and-far between; now they appear to be almost daily.
How in the world can this be happening? What kind of monsters are these people?
Events such as these seriously contribute to why people lose faith!
OK, soapbox speech over.
But make no mistake, this writer is still fuming…
Sarah Key-Marer, the child’s mother, has been waiting all of this time for her daughter’s father to take responsibility for his actions. And although he has been behind bars since the death of the child, in November 2000, he still has not.
At the time of Lauren’s death, Cameron Brown, the father, told police she had tripped and fell while running towards the edge of the Inspiration Point cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes .
Brown, 53, is a former airline bagger. He had wanted Lauren’s mother, who is from Britain, to have an abortion. And when she refused, he tried to have her deported.
When the verdict was read, he just stared straight ahead, showing no emotion.
According to Brown’s attorney, Aron Laub, the verdict was unjust. While Laub acknowledged that his client was “a bad dad,” he added that “He is not a murderer.”
“I sincerely believe that is what happened in this case,” Laub said after the verdict. “I have great confidence in our jury system, but I cannot agree that this was a just verdict.”
And I’ll bet he said this with a straight face!
It is always interesting to learn what the deciding factor was that turned a case –that had stifled two previous juries–around.
According to Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum, Los Angeles sheriff’s detective, Jeffrey Leslie found proof of a financial motive in the form of a witness who testified that Brown said it would be “nice to get rid of Lauren” to avoid paying $1,000 a month in child support.
Hum, who had warned jurors that Brown’s statements were “riddled with lies,” said,
“That witness made a significant difference. Obviously, the financial motive was a factor, but it was primarily his hatred of Sarah, Lauren’s mother, that propelled this.”
Foreman, Greg Apodaca, said jurors were unanimous from their first discussions, and it was a “relatively simple decision to make” after hearing nearly six weeks of evidence and visiting the scenic bluff about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
After the jury reached its verdict, a shocked and overwhelmed Key-Marer breathed a heavy sigh of relief. She later told the media,
“Lauren was our gift from God, the best thing that ever happened to us. We just learned to live with the pain.”
Brown faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole on June 19, when he is set to be sentenced, for the killing and special circumstances that he lay in wait and killed the girl for financial gain.
Read more at Huffington Post.