Nov 22, 1975 Judy Rivera: Missouri
Daughter back from 'dead,' couple freed of murder charge SAN BERNARDINO, Calif (AP) - Eight month! ago a San Bernardino woman and her former husband were convicted of murdering their 3-year-old daughter in IMS A month later, Judge Thomas M Haktorsen let aside that conviction and ordered a new trial And on Friday, Merla Wai- pole. Â», and Antonio Rivera, U. Hood age* In eÂ«wl Tnej heard the charges against them dismissed, and made plans for a Christmas visit from a San Francisco teen-ager whom they, their attorneys, and a district district attorney's Investigator are convinced Is the daughter they were accused of killing Throughout their trial, Mrs Walpole, her name since remarrying remarrying after a divorce from Rivera, and Rivera had IntMed that they had abandoned their girl Judy in a ban Francisco gas station because she was seriously seriously ill, they were desperately desperately poor, and they believed Judy's only chance tor life was to be found and cared for by someone else But In 1973, eight years after Judy's disappearance, bones of a girl were found In a crude grave some 10 miles from where the couple lived In 1MB And in March this year, Rivera and Mrs Walpole, by then di vorced and she remarried, were brought to trial and convicted convicted by a San Bernardino jury Among the defense exhibits at the trial was a San Francisco Francisco Chronicle newspaper story story about a 1-year-old girl found abandoned In a San Francisco gasoline station on January 1C, 1*Â»J, the tune Rivera and Mrs Walpole testified they hid abandoned their daughter Superior Court Judge Thomas M Haldoreen, who presided over the trial, set aside the verdict verdict on a trial technicality, ordered ordered a new trial, and ordered further Investigation - but the murder charges still stool against Judy's parents Timothy Martin, anlnvtstiga- tor for the Sen Bernardino County district attorney's office, office, took up the search for the missing child -- given the name Judy Gasse because of the gasoline station angle Martin found "Judy Gasse" last month, living near San Francisco with the woman who adopted her after the child had spent two yean In a Sin Francisco Francisco hospital Neither Martin, defemeattor- neys Larry Freeman and David Oil, court official., nor Rivera and Mrs Walpole would give the name or address of the adoptive mother But Freeman and Call said a series of blood tests and certain physical similarities. Including cranial and hip bone forma lions, made It appear likely Judy Rivera and "Judy Oasse" were the same After that, the attorneys said, they arranged a meeting be- tween Judy, her adoptive mother, mother, Mrs Walpole and Rivera Reported Freeman of that meeting "Not only are Rivera and Mrs Walpole convinced that Judy Gasse Is their daughter daughter So are the girl and her adoptive mother -- and so Judy and her adoptive mother are planning a Christmas to the homes of the cMM's natural parents"