Prosecution rests in Lashuan Harris triple-murder
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 1, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The prosecution rested its case
yesterday morning in the guilt phase of the Lashuan Harris triple-murder
trial in San Francisco Superior Court after calling five witnesses
and showing hours of an interview with homicide inspectors.
Testimony took less than three days as Assistant District Attorney
Linda Allen laid out a scenario in which Harris took her three
children from Oakland to the San Francisco waterfront, treated
them to a nice day, took them to the end of Pier 7 and, one by
one, undressed them and threw them into the water.
Harris quietly watched the proceedings, but at times she sat
with her eyes closed and her chin buried in her chest.
Allen called to the stand a father who said he watched Harris
throw the first child into the water before he called the police
The jury also heard from officers who investigated the scene
and a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary member who found the body of
2-year-old Taronta Greely on the rocks near a yacht club.
But the crux of the prosecution's argument was the videotaped
interview between Harris and homicide inspectors Daniel Everson
and Dennis Maffei, taken the night of Oct. 19, hours after the
The videotape shows a woman at times distraught and at times
confused over the events of the night.
Allen contends that Harris was lucid enough to spell her name,
to recall being arrested and to realize she had committed murder.
Near the end of the interview, Harris asked Everson, "Are
you all going to kill me?''
When Everson asked her why he would do such a thing, she replied,
"I guess it's murder.''
Harris' attorney, Teresa Caffese, has maintained that Harris
has a history of mental illness and doesn't have the capacity
to commit first-degree murder.
Upon cross-examination, Everson confirmed that Harris never used
the word "kill'' throughout the interview. Caffese also pointed
out that Harris repeatedly expressed her love for the children.
Caffese called her first witness this morning, Mary Ann Ramirez,
who used to be the social services director at the East Oakland
shelter where Harris and her children lived.
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