Friday, January 29, 2010

3rd trial for dad accused of murdering 4-year-old daughter to avoid child support (Los Angeles, California)

Dad CAMERON BROWN is now facing a 3rd trial on charges that he murdered his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her off a cliff. It is alleged that he did so to avoid child support. We have previously reported on this case here:

3rd trial expected in SoCal cliff death case
The Associated Press
Posted: 01/28/2010 01:28:23 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2010 01:28:23 PM PST

LOS ANGELES—A father is facing a third trial on charges he murdered his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her off a cliff in Los Angeles County.

A Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected a defense motion to dismiss a murder charge against 48-year-old Cameron Brown.

Brown's attorney, Pat Harris, says he will appeal the decision.

Two juries have deadlocked over whether Brown, a former airport baggage handler, tossed his daughter Lauren Sarene Key into the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes in November 2000.

Prosecutors say Brown killed her to avoid paying about $1,000 in monthly child support. Harris argues the girl slipped and fell 120 feet from Inspiration Point.

Brown was tried in 2006 and 2009. He remains in jail and is due back in court March 2.