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BREAKING NEWS: West Wendover Mayor Explains Veto, Council Choice Not Most Qualified

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

The long torturous search for a new West Wendover City Chief Financial officer took two more twists this week with the majority city council opting for a  less qualified local candidate over a more qualified out of state candidate and Mayor Donnie Andersen’s veto of the decision.

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In a special session Tuesday West Wendover Councilmen Emily Carter, Roy Briggs, Johnny Gorum and Bryant Blake voted to offer the CFO position to the local applicant over an out of state candidate, despite the fact that the other applicant for the post was more qualified according to the lone dissenting councilman Ismael Gutierrez.

“I looked at the information everyone else looked at,” Gutierrez said Tuesday. “The local had no experience in public government the other guy did. Not only that but what he did in his current position when faced with budget cuts like our city was and is was praised by everyone there. He was able to fix the budget without any furloughs or layoffs.”

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In an earlier interview Andersen agreed with Gutierrez’ assessment and added that it appeared the majority on the council was going against its reasoning behind searching for the best candidate.

The four councilmen who for the CFO usually vote in lock step with each other and often in opposition to Andersen.

“It made no sense to me then and makes even less sense to me now,” Andersen said early Tuesday morning. “We spent $24,000 with a head hunter group to find a new CFO on a nationwide search, then we upped the salary and then the council votes to hire someone in town with fewer qualifications than the other candidate but at the same high salary. Just what is going on? I know they will override my veto but this is ridiculous. I don’t think they realize how bad this looks.”

The most recent clash was over the decision to increase the salary offered for the CFO’s position, a vote Andersen also vetoed and was overridden this August.

The same majority of the West Wendover City Council overrode 4-1 Mayor Donnie Andersen’s veto and perhaps more importantly disregarded appeals from the city employees union to increase the starting pay of the now vacant Chief Financial officer position by 15 percent in an emergency meeting Tuesday

According to city records the previous CFO, Sondra Schmidt, had been making about $90,000 a year in salary and benefits. When faced with a 10 to 15 pay cut earlier this year, Schmidt resigned and took a post as the Chief Financial Officer for Humboldt County in Winnemucca.

Shortly after she left, the West Wendover city council approved spending $24,000 to a professional employment search agency to recruit her replacement.

Representatives from both the City Employees’ Union and the Policemen’s Union argued strenuously against the raise. Union reps told the council that the raise was grossly unfair considering the fact that the entire West Wendover workforce was forced to take a 10 to 15 percent pay cut just last month.

While it was almost a foregone conclusion that the council would override the Mayor’s veto the confrontation between the majority council and the city employees was a first.

Until the August showdown the city employees unions and the majority on the council were allies in local politics. In last year’s election city employee support was crucial to the reelection of Emily Carter and Roy Briggs who make up half of the veto proof majority along with Johnny Gorum and Bryant Blake.

Six months after the election when faced with the choice of either raising taxes or cutting salaries the council chose the pay cuts without any tax hike.

A reason for the total reliance on pay cuts could have been because of the influence of the Peppermill Corporation who employs three of the four veto proof majority; Carter, Briggs and Gorum.

Allegations of cronyism could even increase, the newly hired yet vetoed CFO is said to be another employee of the Peppermill Corporation or its sister property the Montego Bay.

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Exclusive Video Penny Bartlett Gets 15 Years for Murder Of Lesbian Drug Dealer Girlfriend

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

Following  testimony that the woman she killed was a drug dealer, Penny Bartlett was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the second degree murder of Teresa Gamboa Friday in White Pine District Court.

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Bartlett was found guilty of second degree murder this August and could have faced life in prison without parole.

During Friday’s hearing it was Gamboa who was portrayed as a violent drug dealer with aspirations of becoming Ely’s Scar Face.

Bartlett’s lawyers called five witnesses during the nearly three-hour sentencing hearing including Summer Hauser of Ely.

Hauser said she had been a friend of both Bartlett and Gamboa and that not only did Gamboa support herself by selling drugs but was known to carry a knife on her person.

Hauser also testified that Gamboa wanted to be the “top dog” in Ely’s small drug trade.

It was a bloody and bleeding Bartlett who flagged down a passing motorist late last month two miles south of the Lages Junction in August 2009. The traveler who was not identified by police called 911 and reported what appeared to be a one car accident. A trooper from the Nevada highway Patrol was dispatched and when he arrived on scene found Bartlett and the body of Gamboa half way out of the vehicle.

According to the NHP report Gamboa appeared to have been the driver of the vehicle and Bartlett the passenger.

Earlier that year Bartlett was arrested on March 31 for driving under the influence and was sentenced to one month in the White Pine County jail. She began her sentence on July 28 and was released two days later.

The two women, who shared the same house and life in Ely were scheduled to be arraigned the next morning in Elko District Court on three counts each of drug possession and use.

They never made it.

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BREAKING NEWS COUNCIL SETS EMERGENCY MEETING TO OVERRIDE CFO VETO

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

The West Wendover City Council will hold an emergency meeting this Thursday to override Mayor Donnie Andersen’s veto of the hiring of a new CFO.

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Mayor Vetoes CFO Hire City Council Picks Local After National Search

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

The long torturous search for a new West Wendover City Chief Financial officer took two more twists this week with the majority city council opting for a  less qualified local candidate over a more qualified out of state candidate and Mayor Donnie Andersen’s veto of the decision.

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In a special session Tuesday West Wendover Councilmen Emily Carter, Roy Briggs, Johnny Gorum and Bryant Blake voted to offer the CFO position to the local applicant over an out of state candidate, despite the fact that the other applicant for the post was more qualified according to the lone dissenting councilman Ismael Gutierrez.

“I looked at the information everyone else looked at,” Gutierrez said Tuesday. “The local had no experience in public government the other guy did. Not only that but what he did in his current position when faced with budget cuts like our city was and is was praised by everyone there. He was able to fix the budget without any furloughs or layoffs.”

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In an earlier interview Andersen agreed with Gutierrez’ assessment and added that it appeared the majority on the council was going against its reasoning behind searching for the best candidate.

The four councilmen who for the CFO usually vote in lock step with each other and often in opposition to Andersen.

“It made no sense to me then and makes even less sense to me now,” Andersen said early Tuesday morning. “We spent $24,000 with a head hunter group to find a new CFO on a nationwide search, then we upped the salary and then the council votes to hire someone in town with fewer qualifications than the other candidate but at the same high salary. Just what is going on? I know they will override my veto but this is ridiculous. I don’t think they realize how bad this looks.”

The most recent clash was over the decision to increase the salary offered for the CFO’s position, a vote Andersen also vetoed and was overridden this August.

The same majority of the West Wendover City Council overrode 4-1 Mayor Donnie Andersen’s veto and perhaps more importantly disregarded appeals from the city employees union to increase the starting pay of the now vacant Chief Financial officer position by 15 percent in an emergency meeting Tuesday

According to city records the previous CFO, Sondra Schmidt, had been making about $90,000 a year in salary and benefits. When faced with a 10 to 15 pay cut earlier this year, Schmidt resigned and took a post as the Chief Financial Officer for Humboldt County in Winnemucca.

Shortly after she left, the West Wendover city council approved spending $24,000 to a professional employment search agency to recruit her replacement.

Representatives from both the City Employees’ Union and the Policemen’s Union argued strenuously against the raise. Union reps told the council that the raise was grossly unfair considering the fact that the entire West Wendover workforce was forced to take a 10 to 15 percent pay cut just last month.

While it was almost a foregone conclusion that the council would override the Mayor’s veto the confrontation between the majority council and the city employees was a first.

Until the August showdown the city employees unions and the majority on the council were allies in local politics. In last year’s election city employee support was crucial to the reelection of Emily Carter and Roy Briggs who make up half of the veto proof majority along with Johnny Gorum and Bryant Blake.

Six months after the election when faced with the choice of either raising taxes or cutting salaries the council chose the pay cuts without any tax hike.

A reason for the total reliance on pay cuts could have been because of the influence of the Peppermill Corporation who employs three of the four veto proof majority; Carter, Briggs and Gorum.

Allegations of cronyism could even increase, the newly hired yet vetoed CFO is said to be another employee of the Peppermill Corporation or its sister property the Montego Bay.

 

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DA Never Returned My Calls, Says Wife Of Shooting Victim James Taylor

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

While most people are looking forward to Thanksgiving Day Kanisha Taylor is dreading it.

Absent from the table will be her husband James and adding insult to this most grievous injury is the knowledge that the man who killed him was given a pass by an Elko County Coroner’s inquest.

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In an exclusive interview with the High Desert Advocate, Kanisha Taylor recounted just what it means to be made a widow at the age of 20 and watching her husband’s killer go scot free with a ruling of justifiable homicide.

“It was so unfair,” the young woman said Monday. “James was killed only in September and by mid- October Glen Mead walks free. How can that be?”

Last month Mead’s killing of 23 year old James Taylor was ruled a justifiable homicide in an Elko County Coroner’s inquest. The finding shocked and outraged the Taylor family.

“It was an absolute miscarriage of justice from the moment deputies arrived,” James’ father Glenn Taylor said. “ With my son laying dead with five bullet holes in him, they didn’t even charge him (Mead with murder) with murder that night. The Sheriff’s office and the DA’s office did virtually no investigation in the three weeks between James’ killing and the inquest and the evidence and the testimony given in the inquest was a joke. There was no study done on the angle of the bullets. I could go on and on. They even ignored Mead’s own statements that he didn’t feel threatened and that he should not have shot James a third time.”

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Taylor was referring to the statement Mead gave to elko Detective Kevin McKinney less the same night as the killing where Mead admitted to standing over a prone writhing in pain James Taylor and then shooting him a third time.

That part of the transcript of the statement:

KM: What about — now, so the first time you shot him — 

GM: He was in the door. 

KM: He was in the door. 

GM: He fell back. He went back down the step. 

KM: Uh-huh. 

GM: I don’t know where I hit him. He went back and he went, 

“You son of a bitch.” And he came back up the steps. I 

went, “f***.” And I shot him again and then he fell. 

KM: Uh-huh. Okay. 

GM: And then he started talking s*** and saying stuff. And I 

think I shot him again (indiscernible) and I went, “f***.” 

And I shot him again. 

KM: Hm. 

GM: God damn it. 

KM: So you shot him at least three times that you remember? 

GM: That I remember. I know I shot him twice, and then he was 

going to get up and I said, “f***.” And then I thought, 

you know, I don’t know what I was thinking. And then, you 

know, f*** him (indiscernible).

KM: Could you have shot him more than three? 

GM: (Indiscernible). 

KM: Now, the second and third time, where were you standing? 

GM: First time I was sitting in the thing. 

KM: Uh-huh. 

GM: And he goes back outside. And I got up and he comes back 

up the steps and he goes, “You son of a bitch.” And he’s 

holding his side or wherever and I went boom, and shot him 

again and he fell out. And I walked up to the door and I 

go, “God damn it, James.” And he just said something and I 

went, “f***.” And I shot him again. 

KM: Now, is that a semi auto or a bolt or? 

GM: No, no, it’s bolt, man. It’s a bolt. I had to cock the 

f***er, man. 

KM: So the first time you shot him and — 

GM: I shot him both and then he came back in the door. It was, 

like, I don’t know, I hadn’t seen where I hit him. I don’t 

know. 

KM: Uh-huh. 

GM: You know, he came back in and I went, “James, come on.” 

Boom. And he fell back out. 

KM: Hm. 

GM: And then he said something and I shot him again. 

KM: So then the third time? 

GM: The third time he was laying down. The third time he was

laying down. By the third time there was no need to shoot 

him, man. That was stupid, man. 

KM: So were you standing outside or inside? 

GM: No, I was inside. 

KM: You were still inside? 

GM: I was still inside, man. I never came outside until I came 

out, and I put the rifle right there and I went and called 

the police. The rifle never came out, man. 

KM: But there’s a couple shell casings just outside the steps. 

GM: Well, I was inside. I wasn’t out. 

KM: Uh-huh. Were you standing in the doorway? 

GM: Yeah. I mean, I shot him, he came in. 

KM: Uh-huh. 

GM: Boom, he goes back out. He comes back in, I shot him. He 

came back down. He started to get up and I walked to 

the — I wasn’t out, but I was in the door, boom. 

KM: Uh-huh. 

GM: I shot him again. 

KM: Okay. Now, um — 

GM: I shot him, you know. I killed — I mean, he didn’t have a 

gun in his hand, okay? I mean, I’m sick about it. You 

know, he attacked me and stuff, but he’s a f***in’ 

24-year-old kid. He could have beat the s*** out of me. I 

shouldn’t have shot him, man. 

The inquest jury evidently chose to ignore those statements and instead go on the principle of Mead’s mindset that he thought he was in danger for his life.

But while state of mind is a valid defense jurors did not hear other evidence that as little as two weeks before the killing Mead openly talked about shooting someone as a kind of retirement plan.

In an exclusive interview with the High Desert Advocate, Perette and Everett Rhodes of Cherry Creek said they were present at a barbecue two week before the killing when Mead threatened the lives of James and Glenn Taylor.

“Glenn was coming in from Salt Lake,” said Perette Rhodes. “ And Mead said that if he didn’t get money from Glenn, bullets would be flying. I said something like you got to be kidding and he said no, three hots and a cot were better than nothing.”

The coroner’s panel never heard from the Rhodes.

“We didn’t contact the police or the DA because who ever heard of a man shooting another man five times walking free?,” said Perette Rhodes

“I don’t blame the panel,” Taylor added. “After the instructions of the judge there was hardly a way for them not to get the verdict they delivered on the other hand I have know doubt in my mind that had this case been charged and investigated properly Mead would have been found guilty in a criminal trial. What the Rhodes said to me was completely voluntary and came out of the blue, who knows what a real police investigation might turn up.?”

“After the night I lost James no one contacted me,” Kanisha Taylor said. “Nobody from the Sheriff’s office and nobody from the District Attorney. I tried calling the DA but he wouldn’t return my calls and then we get notified they are going to have this thing and all of a sudden Glen Mead walks out a free man. I am sick about it.”

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Mickie Costanzo Fingernail DNA Results This Week

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

DNA results from a speck of blood found under the fingernail of murder teen Mickie Costanzo are expected this week.

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And the fate of two confessed teen murderers could rest on that minute amount of blood and skin found under the fingernail of their victim.

Last month Elko District Attorney Marc Torvinen asked District Judge Dan Papez for permission for permission to submit a tiny piece of blood  and/or skin found beneath one finger nail of Micaela Costanzo for DNA testing.

The sample is so small Torvinen cautioned the court that it would have to be destroyed without any left over for retesting.

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According to court records neither of the defense teams representing Kody Patten or Toni Fratto raised any objection to the test provided their own DNA experts be allowed to be present when the testing is done.

“Its a one off thing,” said a source close to the case. “And a lot could be resting on the results.”

Micaela “Mickey” Costanzo was murdered on March 3rd.

Toni Fratto and boyfriend Kody Patten confessed to the murder of but at different times and their statements were at least partially contradictory.

Police, prosecution and both defense teams have already commented on the tremendous lake of forensic evidence linking either Patten or Fratto to the crime scene or even the SUV.

“You don’t expect that from a so called panic murder by one or two teenagers,” said a source close to the case. “But the car was almost spotless. There was no trace of Fratto at the scene not even a footprint and very slight DNA evidence putting Patten there either. It just doesn’t fit the knocked drag out fight account in their confessions.”

“She was a 16 year old girl, she got out of the shower from track practice,” said a source close to the investigation. “She was in the car for any where from 20 minutes to two hours. It should have been full of her DNA.”

If a DNA belongs to Patten nothing much will have changed in terms of defenses strategies for either of the two confessed murderers. However if the DNA belongs to Fratto, the case becomes much more complicated.

Fratto’s attorneys have suggested that the girl was not present at all during the murder and confessed only to help her boyfriend. While not conclusive a DNA match would severely weaken that line.

It would also mean that it is Fratto’s not Patten’s time line that is correct and imply that Mickie costanzo was held captive against her will for over two hours before she was murdered. That would give weight to the additional charge of kidnapping and strengthen the states case for a death penalty verdict.

 

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High School Poster Winners

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

High School winners of the Veteran’s Day Poster Contest: Eduardo Rojas- Grand Prize; First Prize- Valiente Preito; Second Prize-Mariano Marquez; Third Prize- Jonathon Ramirez and WWHS Art Teacher Cheryl Bishop

 

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One Killed 3 Injured I-80 Fatal Crash

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

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On Saturday, November 19, 2011, at approximately 3:45am, NHP officers responded to a vehicle accident on I-80 near mile marker 300, within Elko city limits.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Jose Perez-Garcia, age 48, from Kearns, UT, was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon westbound on I-80 near mile marker 300.  Mr. Garcia lost control of the GMC on the icy/snow covered roadway.  The vehicle rotated clockwise and traveled off the right paved shoulder, down an embankment, and overturned.  Mr. Garcia was not wearing his seatbelt and sustained non life threatening injures.

The right front passenger, Brenda Aguilar, age 34, from Kerns, UT, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was not wearing her seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries at the scene.

There were two other passengers in the back seat, Mr. Jose Perez-Garcia (same name as driver), age 20, and a male juvenile, age 15.  Both were not wearing their seatbelts.  The juvenile was ejected from the vehicle.  Mr. Perez-Garcia sustained non life threatening injuries.  The juvenile sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to Salt Lake City.

Speed to fast for conditions is a contributing factor in this accident.

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SAFETY MESSAGE:

This is a reminder to everyone on how important it is to wear your seatbelt.  The national “Click it or Ticket” campaign is going on right now, and we want everyone to buckle up, day or night, when traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

 

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WOW!!!

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

About three weeks ago we lost internet at 2:00 in the morning on our deadline day. We panicked.

We checked every line every connection and tried without luck to get the connection working.

We knew that if we didn’t fix it for ourselves we would have to drive to Salt Lake and deliver the master to our printer instead of sending it electronically. We weren’t looking forward to a 240 mile round trip after an all nighter.

In a hope against hope we called our internet provider CentraCom after hours line, just to find out how long the outage was going to last.

It was the first time we called the number in the six months we switched over, we were to much in a panic to really ponder that minor miracle and all thoughts about how reliable the service was disappeared when we actually not only got a live person on the third ring but a live person from the company’s actual office in Fairfield, Utah.

The miracles didn’t end there!!!

Instead of filing a report she actually connected us to a live technician who in 15 minutes found our problem and fixed it at 3:00 in the morning!!!

And while he was working on it he assured us that if he couldn’t fix our problem at his end he would wake up the Wendover tech and get it fixed at ours.

All we can say is wow!!!

 

Wow, but not the good kind was also our reaction to our city’s council hiring of a new CFO.

A cynic would say this whole nationwide search with its $24,000 bill was just a charade for the council to go through the motions of hiring someone local at a pretty nifty salary.

We have no problem hiring local, we have no problem buying local, we do have a problem with bald faced liars.

The whole premise of going nationwide was to find the best man or woman for the job. We thought it was a dumb idea in the first place but actually it was pretty smart. Smart that is if the whole point behind that little exercise was not to find anyone.

See if the council couldn’t find anyone at the salary offered why then the solution would be to offer a higher salary.

That did get a response and the council made their choice.

Now let us be ultra cynical, let’s just say that our local girl who happens to be a work mate of three of the four councilmen happens to want the job and her coworkers on the council want to give it to her.

In fact they like her so much they want to pay her more than the new trimmed budget allowed.

Now only a cynic would truly believe the council actually lied about their intentions just to squeeze more money from the city, but cruising by the Rusty Palms, the empty moribund Rusty Palms we wonder just how naive we would have to be to still believe anything that came out of their mouths.

We do wonder how this will shake out in the next election.

Will the city employees union still support those of majority in a year from now.

Those two stalwart supporters of their union who cut their salaries by 10 percent and then turned around and gave a raise not to a well qualified professional who has good experience in municipal government but a coworker, perhaps a buddy they knew they would pick all along?

 

Our table this Thanksgiving will be smaller this year with three of our children gone off to the great wide world.

Yes we will miss their presence but the memories of passed Thanksgivings warm our hearts.

In the grand scheme of things we only have so many Thanksgivings and never was one exactly the same as the one before it.

These holidays are precious jewels and they are numbered.

As we cherish them, we also cherish this one for it too will become another memory to mull over sometime in the future perhaps over a hot toddy and a sigh of contentment.

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Detective Report On Fratto/Patten Still With DA

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Howard Copelan

Attorneys for both Kody Patten and Toni Fratto are still waiting for Elko County District Attorney to share a potentially explosive report produced by the Elko County Sheriff’s office.

 

Working on a tip that there could be a third person involved in the crime Elko County Detectives were in Wendover Friday interviewing potential witnesses about the events on the night of the murder of Micaela Costanzo, March 3.

 

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“We conducted several interviews,” said lead Detective Kevin McKinney confirmed in early September. “They are being typed up and our report will be delivered to the District Attorney’s office. It is up to them if they want to press charges.”

 

Police agencies are not the only ones interested in this supposed third suspect. Private investigators hired by Toni Fratto’s defense team are also said to be very interested if there is evidence of a third party in the crime.

 

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Fratto and boyfriend Kody Patten confessed to the murder of Mickey Costanzo but at different times and there statements were at least partially contradictory.

 

Patten confessed first, three days after the murder and just hours after the Costanzo’s body was found in a ravel pit about three miles west of Wendover.

 

Patten did not mention Fratto being involved in the crime at all and in fact in a throw away line to detectives interviewing him said he left the crime scene “to go pick up, Toni”. Fratto had been attending a meeting of the West Wendover Recreation District where her mother Cassie is a member of the board.

 

Patten may have told police that he committed the murder within 30 minutes of abducting Micaela “Mickie” Costanzo.

 

Patten’s time line of the killing is at least superficially at odds with Fratto. In her confession the 19 year old Wendover girl said Costanzo was alive and with Patten  when Patten picked up after the meeting at around 7 pm.

 

Neither of the two confessed killers admitted that Mickey Costanzo was at any time restrained or bound before they killed her.

 

Where the two confessions agree is in their portrayal of a panic murder when a verbal argument progressed into a physical shoving match that lead to the actual killing.

 

In Patten’s confession, the young man instead he dealt the killing blow, shovel blade across the neck after Costanzo went into a seizure after striking her head against a rock. In Fratto’s confession, it is she who kills Costanzo by cutting the unconscious girl’s throat with a folding knife.

 

Speculation that Patten or Patten and Fratto had help at least after the murder had long been rumored. While most reports were simply idle gossip there is some evidence that has fueled the rumor mill.

 

With the exception of tire tracks belonging to the borrowed SUV that Patten or patten and Fratto used to get to the gravel pit, there is virtually no forensic evidence linking the two to the crime and there is no forensic evidence linking Mickey Costanzo to the vehicle.

 

“She was a 16 year old girl, she got out of the shower from track practice,” said a source close to the investigation. “She was in the car for any where from 20 minutes to two hours. It should have been full of her DNA.”

 

Police, prosecution and both defense teams have already commented on the tremendous lake of forensic evidence linking either Patten or Fratto to the crime scene or even the SUV.

 

“You don’t expect that from a so called panic murder by one or two teenagers,” said a source close to the case. “But the car was almost spotless. There was no trace of Fratto at the scene not even a footprint and very slight DNA evidence putting Patten there either. It just doesn’t fit the knocked drag out fight account in their confessions.”

 

According to as yet substantiated reports the reason for the lack of evidence is that the killers may have had help after the murder but before Patten’s confession to clean up by an adult who may or may not have known about the killing three days before Micaela Costanzo’s body was found.

 

Last month the Advocate learned that there would be no new suspects named in the case by the DA’s office however copies of the report have not yet been given to the defense teams of either of the two teens.

 

Under federal and Nevada law the defense has a right to all information and evidence gathered by the prosecution in criminal prosecutions.

 

Discovery is the general process of a defendant obtaining information possessed by a prosecutor regarding the defendant’s case.  In addition, prosecutors may be allowed to obtain all information a defendant holds regarding a case as well. This inter-exchange of information is commonly known as the “discovery period”, which typically occurs prior to trial, but as evidences surfaces, may extend well into a given trial period.  Typically, discovery periods involve the exchange of any information or evidence a prosecutor intends to use against a defendant during trial, which may include:

 

Crime scene evidence such as photographs and other forensic evidence

 

Witness, law enforcement, and even defendant testimony, as well as the names, addresses of all intended witnesses at a given trial

 

Police reports, written or oral testimony from witnesses, booking reports, toxicology results from defendants, and DNA evidence offered by defendants

 

Any intended expert witness testimony intended to be used during trial

 

Virtually any other form of “raw” evidence obtained by the prosecutor’s office

 

It has been over two months since McKinney submitted his report.

 

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