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American criminal Dana Ewell orchestrated the murder of his parents and sister in order to become the executor of his grandmother's $400,000 trust account.
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Superior Court Judge Frank J. Creede, Jr. banned television cameras from the trial, but did allow a radio station to cover court proceedings. The court case was a sensational affair due to the nature of the crime, its wealthy suspects and the fact that it had taken so long to bring the criminals to justice.
Deputy District Attorney Jim Oppliger of the prosecution stated to the jury that Dana Ewell hired former roommate Joel Radovcich to kill Ewell’s family at their home while Ewell, the planner and operator, vacationed in Morgan with his girlfriend and her father in order to acquire alibis.
Oppliger said he would need 2 hours to describe the complex evidence gathered in the more than five years since the killings of Dale Ewell, his wife and their 24-year-old daughter, Tiffany. His witness, Ponce, told the court that Radovcich put on several layers of latex gloves and sat on plastic sheets waiting for the Ewells to come home from a weekend trip. Using a silencer, he first shot Tiffany. Glee was then shot four times. Dale was shot just once from behind, as he walked into the house from the garage 30 minutes later.
Also called to testify during the trial were Dana's uncles, who recounted how their nephew had become upset when he learned his parents' will was structured to release half of the estate when he was 30 and the remainder when he turned 35.
Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Juan Corona and other convicted murderers who need to be protected from the general prison population. All appeals for Ewell’s release were denied.
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