Feb 26, 1975 Judy Rivera
Man charged in killing of his daughter testifies SAN BERNARDINO A man accused of murdering his three-year-old daughter ten years ago testified yesterday, in his own defense, that he abandoned the child at a San Francisco gas station. Testimony of Antonio Rivera, 38, came after 22 prosecution witnesses appeared before a Superior Court jury to support the prosecution's contention that bones of a child found in the Jurupa Hills south of Fontana in 1973 were those of Judy Rivera, and that the girl had been killed by her parents. Rivera, of Colton, and his ex-wife, Merla Walpole, 35, of San Bernardino, are charged with murdering Judy. Bone specialists Dr. Judy Suchy and Dr. Stewart Shermis described their studies, noting a rare bone formation in the skull and other peculiarities. Dr. Shermis testified that there was a 95 per cent likelihood that the bones found near Fontana were Judy's. Rivera testified that Judy was chronically ill and did not seem to be responding to medical treatment. He said he and his wife took their other children to a babysitter, then drove her to San Francisco where she was left at a service station.