Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, CA 31 Dec 1980, page 1

maryluhudson Member Photo

Clipped by maryluhudson

Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, CA 31 Dec 1980, page 1 - Final testimony heard in murcl/er case By...
Final testimony heard in murcl/er case By EVELYN SIMPSON Journal Staff Writer The final witness took the stand yesterday in the murder trial of a Hum boldt County man accused of stabbing his drug-dealing former girlfriend seven times, slashing her throat then burning down her house around her nude body to destroy evidence. Randal David Creekmore, 24, a thin pale unemployed coal miner from For tuna, is accused of the grisly slaying of 30-year-old Karen McVicar at her home in Loleta. Firefighters, responding to a blaze there on Dec. 18, 1979, discovered her badly charred body which had to be identified through dental records. Creekmore himself testified yesterday yesterday that he was drinking wine and inhaling inhaling amphetamine (speed) with McVicar on the evening of her death but denied murdering her. The prosecution was able to present only circumstantial Evidence to establish Creekmore as the killer. Humboldt County District Attorney Michael Morrison showed the nine- man, three-woman jury spots of blood on Creekmore's clothing, shoes and belt which he tried to prove were of the same blood type as that belonging to McVicar However. Creekmore's attorney William Ferroggiaro tried to convince the panel that the blood could have come from numerous other possible sources Extensive testimony focused on a partially burned T-shirt found near McVicar's body in her bedroom. Two witnesses, including the mother of Creekmore's latest girlfriend, said the shirt appeared similar to one Creekmore was wearing before the killing killing But Denise Roose, Creekmore's fiance said he was wearing a different T-shirt which she gave to investigators. Creekmore and another witness testified that they frequently bought cocaine cocaine from McVicar but Creekmore said she didn't have any to sell or "share'' on the evening she died The prosecutor, trying to refute the defense attorney's contention that Creekmore is a nonviolent person, asked asked him if it were true he once intentionally intentionally burned one of his female acquaintances acquaintances with a cigarette "Yes," Creekmore replied calmly. But when the prosecutor asked him if he sometimes physically abused Denise causing her'to cry in pain. Creekmore / denied such behavior. Throughout the three weeks o: testimony and detailed presentations o: evidence, the prosecution nev established a motive for the killing All the evidence has been presented! now and closing arguments will bef heard/Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the Cour -j thouse Annex Conference Room. j The trial was moved from Humboldt; to Mendocino County because of exten sive publicity about an earlier mistrial in Eureka. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict to convict Creekmore and was "hung" on a vote of eight to four. First baby to harvest prizes galore By Journal Staff Writer More than a dozen Ukiah area merchants are joining with the Ukiah Daily Journal in providing a gift-laden welcome for the First

Clipped from
  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 31 Dec 1980, Wed,
  3. Page 1

maryluhudson Member Photo
  • Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, CA 31 Dec 1980, page 1

    maryluhudson – 25 Jan 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in