Mar 11, 1975 Judy Rivera
Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram photo Alan Greenspan with reporters Child death case may go to jury By ALAN ASHBY Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Slatt Writer SAN BERNARDINO Whether three-year-old three-year-old three-year-old three-year-old three-year-old Judy Rivera was a murder victim or was abandoned in San Francisco was the issue as the prosecution and defense attorneys argued their case to the jury yesterday. . Deliberations will probably begin today into murder charges against Antonio Rivera, 38, and his ex-wife, ex-wife, ex-wife, Mrs. Merla Walpole, 35, whose daughter disappeared from their Riverside County home in 1965. The prosection has contended that a child's bones discovered in the Jurupa Hills south of Fontana are those of the missing Judy, and that she was slain by her parents. The defense has contended that Judy was not murdered, but abandoned in a San Francisco service station rest room. Arguing yesterday was Dep. Dist. Atty. Betty Dyke and Mrs. Walpole's attorney, David Call. Larry Freeman was to argue this morning on behalf of Rivera, Mrs. Dyke will have a second opportunity opportunity to address the jury, and the case will go to the jury. Mrs. Dyke asserted yesterday that expert medical testimony showed that the bones found in the Jurupa Hills are Judy Rivera's. Other experts had shown that the San Francisco child was not Judy Rivera, she said. Circumstantial evidence surrounding surrounding the child's disappearance pointed to their guilt, she said. Call described the "high water mark" of the prosecution's case, testimony by an anthropologist that he was 95 per cent certain the bones found in the Jurupa Hills were Judy Rivera's. No experts experts had offered an opinion as to cause of death, Call said. Call Claimed prosecution testimony testimony failed to meet the requirement requirement that the prosecution's case has to be proven beyond- beyond- a reasonable doubt. Call also listed a series of similarities between Judy Rivera and the girl found in San Francisco, contending' they showed showed the two were one and the same.