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      Angela Darlene McAnulty - Oregon Death Row

      The death penalty murder trial of Angela Darlene McAnulty will begin as scheduled Feb. 1, a judge decided Thursday after a brief hearing on a defense motion to postpone the case.

      The 42-year-old north Eugene woman is accused of fatally starving, maiming and torturing her 15-year-old daughter, Jeanette Maples, who reportedly weighed only 50 pounds when she died in December 2009.

      Jeanette’s stepfather also faces aggravated murder charges in her death. Prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty for Richard Anthony McAnulty because the facts don’t justify it in his case. The couple are being tried separately. Richard McAnulty’s case is scheduled for trial May 3.

      Angela McAnulty appeared in court Thursday as her attorney, Ken Hadley, asked Lane County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Bearden to postpone the trial until May 1.

      Hadley cited four reasons. He told Bearden that his co-counsel, Steven Krasik, needed more time to prepare because a Marion County bank bomb case in which he participated lasted a month longer than anticipated, ending Dec. 22. Krasik then flew to California because of a family member’s medical crisis, he said.

      Hadley also cited the defense team’s trouble working with Angela McAnulty “because of her crying and her moods.”

      A defense psychiatrist prescribed medication that improved her condition, Hadley said, but the doctor still needs “considerable time” to probe McAnulty’s mental state over the past few years.

      The psychiatrist has warned that doing so would most likely cause “a serious mental decline” that could make McAnulty psychotic and unable to assist in her defense, Hadley said.

      Angela McAnulty ap-peared composed Thursday, sitting erect at the defense table in a black jacket and pants.

      The defense also needs more time to review more than 3,000 pages of prosecution evidence it received in late November, Hadley told Bearden.

      Finally, he said, postponement would give the defense time to use “important information” it believes could lead to settlement of the case.

      But Lane County Dis-trict Attorney Alex Gardner and prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman told Bearden that they had made clear “from day one” that they did not intend to settle the case. Gardner said the facts in the case “cried out” for a jury to consider the death penalty.

      Hasselman also said the prosecution provided the bulk of its evidence to the defense last spring. The documents provided this fall were “almost entirely” records from California child protective services detailing that state’s efforts to terminate her parental rights. A court there did so for Jeanette’s two older siblings, but returned the girl to her mother’s custody.

      The deputy district attorney said all attorneys in the case have “extremely busy trial schedules,” and that the defense in November told the judge in the case, Lane County Senior Circuit Judge Kip Leonard, that they didn’t have a mental incapacity defense for McAnulty.

      Bearden swiftly ruled that the trial would proceed Feb. 1.

      It is expected to last as long as six weeks, Hasselman said in an interview after the ruling.

      Some of that time will be consumed with an unusually careful jury selection process because of the potential death penalty, he said. That process will begin Jan. 31, when a panel of 150 prospective jurors are convened for preliminary screening — most likely in the Lane County Public Service Building’s Harris Hall.

      Those who pass that process will then appear in a court one by one to answer questions from Leonard and prosecution and defense attorneys.

      Once a jury is seated, the guilt phase of the trial is expected to last more than two weeks. If McAnulty is convicted, the jury will then be asked to decide her sentence, Hasselman said.


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      McAnulty waived rights

      Jurors in Angela McAnulty’s upcoming aggravated murder trial will hear statements she made to sheriff’s deputies in the hours following her 15-year-old daughter’s death from abuse, a judge decided Thursday.

      After reviewing interview videotapes and police reports, Lane County Circuit Senior Judge Kip Leonard ruled that the north Eugene woman voluntarily waived her rights to remain silent and have an attorney present when she talked to detectives between midnight of Dec. 9, 2009, and noon the following day.

      Prosecutors want jurors to be able to consider imposing the death penalty on the 42-year-old mother for allegedly beating, starving and torturing her daughter to death. Leonard said he would issue a written ruling before her Feb. 1 trial on a defense challenge of capital punishment as an option in the case.

      Leonard also said he would rule later on defense objections to prosecutors’ plans to show jurors photographs of Jeanette Maples’ battered and emaciated body. Defense attorney Ken Hadley of Baker City argued that such photos would unfairly prejudice the jurors against his client. But Prosecutor JoAnn Miller said the state needed to show jurors 10 to 20 of the admittedly gruesome images in order to prove that McAnulty intentionally maimed and tortured her home-schooled daughter.

      Jeanette’s stepfather, Richard McAnulty, also faces aggravated murder charges in her death, but the state is not seeking the death penalty for him, saying evidence does not support doing so.

      Angela McAnulty spent much of Thursday morning and part of the afternoon in the courtroom, sitting at the defense table between Hadley and her other attorney, Steven Krasik of Salem. She used a marking pen and legal pad to ask them questions during the pretrial hearing. When she spoke to them during breaks in the proceeding, she did so in a girlish voice that seemed at odds with the gray streaks in her dark hair.

      Hadley had urged Leonard to rule inadmissible McAnulty’s statements to detectives, particularly anything she said after telling investigators “I’m done” on multiple occasions.

      “When someone says they’re finished, that should be it,” he said. He added that she made the statements while sleep-deprived and in the aftermath of a “very emotional event.”

      But Prosecutor Erik Hasselman argued that the jury should hear the statements, noting that the detectives repeatedly advised McAnulty of her rights and made no threats or promises to get her to talk.

      “From the state’s perspective, this is a very clean interview,” he said.

      The judge agreed, telling Hadley that each time his client said she was finished talking, detectives simply sat silently. And each time, it was McAnulty who broke the silence and began talking again, Leonard said.

      Neither side played the videotapes in court, and the lawyers made only general references to their contents. But Hasselman said they showed the accused woman “trying to redirect attention elsewhere, to mitigate or minimize her own conduct” in Jeanette’s death.

      The hearing’s only witness, Lane County Sheriff’s Detective Aaron Hoberg, said McAnulty was “pretty quiet” as he drove her from the hospital where Jeanette was declared dead to the sheriff’s office, where both she and her husband voluntarily agreed to go for questioning.

      “The only thing she asked about was (her) other two kids, if they were home alone,” Hoberg said. “I told her we had deputies there with them.”

      She had become agitated by the last time he questioned her in a jail interview room about 10 a.m. Dec. 10, after she knew she was a suspect in a murder case.

      “She was acting kind of hyper,” Hoberg said. “She was really moving around a lot, with a lot of exaggerated movements. But there was no crying or anything like that.”

      Leonard also said he would also rule later on news media requests for television and still cameras in the courtroom during McAnulty’s trial, though he permitted both at Thursday’s proceeding. In a hearing on the issue, Hadley objected to cameras during the trial, saying they could intimate witnesses.

      Leonard said he expected at a minimum to prohibit cameras when minors testified. Lawyers for both sides said they expected testimony from young friends of the victim, and possibly from her younger half-siblings.


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      Angela McAnulty pleads guilty

      Although she still could receive the death penalty, Angela McAnulty pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to aggravated murder for killing her 15-year-old daughter in late 2009.

      The 42-year-old north Eugene woman began her murder trial by pleading guilty to causing Jeanette Marie Maples’ death by neglect and maltreatment “in the course of and as a result of intentional maiming and torture.”

      A Lane County jury being selected this week will still decide her punishment, however.

      McAnulty also pleaded guilty to destroying or altering physical evidence in the case.

      Her husband, Richard McAnulty, is also charged with aggravated murder in the case, but prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty for him based on their investigation of his role in the case.


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      Jury selection to conclude

      Jury selection is expected to continue through next Tuesday or Wednesday in Angela Darlene Mc*Anulty’s death penalty murder case.

      The North Eugene woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to the December 2009 murder of her 15-year-old daughter Jeanette Marie Maples by neglect, maiming and torture.

      McAnulty’s defense attorneys and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office are examining potential jurors for a panel that will hear evidence and decide her fate.

      The process takes longer than for other types of cases because jurors must be willing to consider imposing one of three penalties: death; life in prison with no possibility of parole; and life in prison with the chance to seek parole after 30 years.


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      Testimony begins Thursday in woman’s sentencing for torture death of child

      After a week of painstaking jury selection, the state will begin presenting evidence today to the panel of citizens who will decide whether Angela McAnulty gets the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her 15-year-old daughter.

      The 42-year-old north Eugene woman began her trial Feb. 1 by pleading guilty to aggravated murder in the 2009 abuse and torture death of Jeanette Marie Maples.

      Her defense attorneys and two Lane County prosecutors spent the next week quizzing nearly 100 potential jurors one-by-one before selecting the seven men and five women who will determine McAnulty’s fate. Three alternate jurors — all men — were also selected.


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      Paramedics describe finding girl's lifeless body

      WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of a crime scene involving the death of a teen girl.

      EUGENE, Ore. - Firefighters found Jeanette Maples on her back in the dimly lit living room without her shirt on.

      "Help my baby," her mother, Angela McAnulty, told the first responders to a 911 call reporting Maples had stopped breathing.

      The girl's body looked small for a 15 year old - so small, the fire captain at the scene, Sven Wahlroos, asked Angela McAnulty several times about the girl's age.

      Maples had no pulse. Paramedics tried CPR and put a tube into her lungs in an effort to make her breathe.

      Angela McAnulty appeared agitated, then quiet, then hysterical. Then she laughed a couple of times.

      “I just remember it was an odd response," Wahlroos told the jury weighing whether Angela McAnulty, who pleaded guilty to her daughter's murder, should spend life in prison, have a chance for parole after 30 years - or, as Lane County prosecutors contend, face the death penalty.

      “Very odd," Wahlroos told the court, recalling the feeling in the "hair on the back of my neck. I have never had that feeling in 18 years. All I wanted to do was run.”

      He called his supervisor. And he called police.

      “In 18 years, I have never cried about a call," he said. "I cried about this call.”


      Ryan Sheridan was the lead paramedic on scene in December 2009. He met Angela McAnulty in the driveway and told the jury he remembers her talking very fast, saying Maples fell down and last seemed well about an hour before the 911 call.

      He doesn't recall Richard McAnulty, Angela's husband, saying a word.

      Child Abuse: How does Oregon investigate reports?Inside the house off River Road, Sheridan knew something wasn't right when he found Maples, he told the court.

      No shirt. Wet hiar. Bruises on her face, and cuts above her eye.

      The girl's body was skinny, small and frail, so emaciated, you could see her bones.

      "It was a hard call," he said.

      Sheridan was there when Maples died in the emergency room.


      Dr. Elizabeth Hilton treated Maples when she arrived at the ER.

      She could find no signs of life in the girls petite, emaciated body. Doctors pronounced Maples dead at 8:42 p.m.

      Dr. Hilton was told Maples had no previous medical problems, but said cuts and wounds on the girl's lips were old - and appeared never to have received any medical care.

      The girl's front teeth were broken, and there were severe wounds on her legs and back.

      Hilton met with the family, and Angela told the doctor Maples had been eating but had gotten very skinny lately.

      The charge nurse asked Angela where Maples went to school.

      She told the hospital staff Maples was homeschooled.


      Angela McAnulty entered the courtroom sobbing Thursday morning, saying she knew what she did was wrong.

      A member of her defense team consoled her.

      She continued to cry, wiping away tears with a tissue - and putting her head on the table sobbing during opening arguments about whether she should spend her life in prison or die for the murder of her daughter, Jeanette Maples.

      In front of a packed courtroom with deputies and detectives who investigated the case looking on, McAnulty entered the penalty phase of her murder trial, having already admitted causing her daughter's death.

      Prosecutors want the death penalty, but the 12-person jury could also condemn McAnulty to prison for life - or for 30 years with a possibility of parole.


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      Teen’s life of abuse detailed to jurors
      Angela McAnulty’s sentencing phase includes videos of her interviews with officers

      Jurors weighing the death penalty for Angela McAnulty saw a new side of the admitted murderer Friday as they watched videotapes of her interviews with detectives after her 15-year-old daughter’s 2009 death from starvation and abuse.

      McAnulty, a small, round-faced woman, has appeared meek and weepy in court. But on videotape, in the hours after her daughter died, she was agitated and combative as she lied about who “spanked,” starved and deprived her daughter of medical care, turning Jeanette Marie Maples from a seemingly healthy teen to a battered, infected and skeletal corpse.

      At turns apologetic and indignant in the videotape, McAnulty started out blaming her husband and Jeanette herself for the teen’s hundreds of injuries. Richard McAnulty also is charged with aggravated murder in Jeanette’s death, apparently for failing to protect his stepdaughter.

      But on the videotape, Angela McAnulty changed her story over the next few hours as Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives Aaron Hoberg and Kelly Fenley revealed that her husband and their 5-year-old son both had said she inflicted Jeanette’s injuries.

      In forceful, sometimes rapid-fire declarations on the videotape, McAnulty first denied and then acknowledged hitting her eldest daughter with a leather belt, with tree branch switches, and with a wooden yardstick.

      “I spanked my daughter,” she told detectives. “I don’t know how many times. But only on the bottom.”

      After more questioning, she admitted that infected sores extending to the bone of Jeanette’s hips had started when McAnulty broke the skin with a leather belt.

      “I did wrong. It was horrible of me. I am very sorry. I wish I could take it back,” the 42-year-old mother shouted, but insisted: “I didn’t do the injury on the head. I know she probably died from that.”

      She said an open wound, which the prosecution called “a hole” in the back of Jeanette’s skull, occurred when the teen fell and struck her head. “There is no yardstick mark on my kid’s head!” she shouted on tape. “I swear to God.”

      McAnulty also admitted on videotape to turning off the water supply to the kitchen tap, leaving Jeanette to drink from the dog’s water dish and even the toilet. She said she didn’t want her daughter “up at night drinking all kinds of water.”

      On the tape she denied starving the teen, though the jury later saw a videotape of Richard McAnulty telling detectives that his wife padlocked the family’s pantry to keep Jeanette from “stealing food.” He said Angela had long singled out Jeanette for mistreatment, feeding her peanut butter sandwiches while the rest of the family ate Thanksgiving dinner.

      While the family’s two younger children slept in beds, Jeanette slept on the floor, a piece of cardboard beneath her to keep her bleeding wounds from soiling the carpet.

      Richard McAnulty said on tape that his wife considered it misbehavior when Jeanette begged her to stop a beating. Besides what he also called “spankings,” he said on videotape that Angela McAnulty punished the teen by making her stand hours at a time with her arms raised over her shoulders — even when she could not put weight on one foot because her mother had stomped and injured it. She also made the girl kneel with her hands behind her back, as if handcuffed, he told detectives.

      He told detectives he did not seek help for Jeanette because he was ailing from complications of a heart attack and was afraid of his wife. Though he’s “a big guy” and she’s “a little guy,” she had hit him in the past and controlled their home to the point he had to ask her to use the bathroom because she kept the door locked from the outside and carried the only key, he told detectives.

      An Oregon State Police crime scene analyst led off Friday’s testimony, telling jurors that she found a bowl containing bloody water and a sponge in the bedroom where McAnulty reportedly whipped and beat her daughter.

      Despite someone’s apparent attempt to clean up the room, forensic investigator Traci Rose reported that blood was still all over the bedroom, spattered “floor to ceiling” on two walls and between tiles of parquet wood on the floor. The droplets were so dense on the walls that she could see blank rectangles where something once hung. Later, Rose said, she found hidden away blood-*spattered coloring book pages and framed pictures that had occupied the spots.

      The blood was Jeanette’s, a state police crime lab supervisor testified later.

      Hoberg cited the bowl of bloody water when he pressed McAnulty during his final interview the morning after Jeanette was pronounced dead.

      McAnulty discovered her daughter cold to the touch and impossible to rouse the morning of Dec. 9, 2009, he said. But instead of calling 911 then, he charged, she set about cleaning up Jeanette’s blood and other evidence before medics were summoned late that afternoon.

      “She died because she didn’t get help,” he said. “That’s your job as her mother.”


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      McAnulty Would Be First Woman On Death Row

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Prosecutors on Tuesday will continue their push for the death penalty for Angela McAnulty, the 42-year old mother who admits to beating, starving and torturing her daughter until the girl died.

      But the death penalty hasn't been carried out in Oregon for 14-years.

      To date, in Oregon there are 36 inmates on death row -- five of them for crimes committed in Lane County.

      If prosecutors get their way -- and a jury agrees -- Angela McAnulty could join that exclusive group.

      "Once the guilt phase is reached, the person is guilty. And the question is, what's the penalty?" Elizabeth Baker, Eugene Attorney At Law.

      Could 42-year old Angela McAnulty be the first woman executed in the State of Oregon?

      Prosecutors have "death by lethal injection" on the table for this Eugene mother, who now admits to starving and maiming her own daughter until 15-year old Jeanette Maples died in December 2009.

      That question will soon be asked of jurors in the McAnulty case.

      Since 1904, 60 men have been executed in Oregon -- the first 40 by hanging, the next 18 by lethal gassing, and the most recent two -- in 1996 and 97 -- by lethal injection.

      The two people that have been executed in Oregon in recent history chose to forego their appeals.

      Thirty-six people are awaiting a death sentence right now.

      Many are in the midst of a lengthy and costly appeals process -- something the Lane County District Attorney has steered away from in recent years because of financial constraints.

      "Every aspect of a litigation, of a trial, would be reviewed and re-reviewed and re-reviewed," Baker said.

      The McAnulty case and every conviction that ends here on death row stems from a specific type of charge -- aggravated murder.

      As defense attorneys ply jurors with reasons why Angela McAnulty should stay alive, prosecutors continue their push.

      This mother could soon join a very notorious group of men.

      "It's really not about the sex of the defendant," Baker said. "The subject matter is really the victim and type of death that the victim experienced."

      Angela McAnulty's court proceedings continue tomorrow.

      The victim's stepfather, Richard McAnulty, is also charged with aggravated murder, but prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty for him when he appears in court in May.

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      Death Row Inmates Convicted in Lane County: Who Are They?

      LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The penalty phase for Angela McAnulty marks one of the few capital murder cases in Lane County in the last decade.

      But there are five men currently on death row convicted of committing heinous crimes in Lane County.

      Michael James Hayward has been on death row since 1996. Hayward was convicted in the brutal beating death of store clerk Fran Wall at a west Eugene Dari-Mart in 1994. During the penalty phase, Hayward testified that he read the Bible in prison, that he believed in God and that he cared about his victim's families. It made little difference. Hayward is now Lane County's longest-serving death row inmate.

      Jesse Caleb Compton was convicted and sentenced to death in 1998. Compton was convicted of murdering three-year-old Tesslynn O'Cull in 1997 with help from the girl's mother Stella Kiser. O'Cull's lifeless body was discovered in a shallow grave near Sweet Home.

      Conan Wayne Hale was arrested in the shooting deaths of three Springfield teenagers. Hale has been on death row awaiting his fate since 1998.

      Tried for the 1993 killing of James Salmu of Springfield, Jeffery Dale Tiner was finally convicted and sentenced to the death penalty in 2000. Investigators say 18 months after Salmu was shot to death, his remains were found in the woods.

      Convicted and sentenced to die in 2001, Travis Lee Gibson was one of four suspects involved in a drug-related robbery north of Eugene in 2000.

      After an Oregon jury hands down a death sentence to someone convicted of aggravated murder, that sentence is automatically appealed to the state supreme court. Several other appeals can follow in different state and federal courts, so that process can take years or even decades.


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      Judge rejects request for mistrial over alleged escape plot

      EUGENE, Ore. - Attorneys for a woman facing the death penalty for her daughter's murder asked a judge for a mistrial, claiming prosecutors had cut a deal with the woman's husband not to prosecute him for an escape plot in exchange for his testimony.

      Judge Kip Leonard denied the request from attorneys for Angela McAnulty on Thursday morning after an hour and a half of arguments regarding an alleged escape plot involving Richard McAnulty and three other inmates.

      Angela McAnulty's lawyers claimed the state promised to not prosecute Richard McAnulty for the alleged plot in exchange for his help in prosecuting McAnulty's wife for the death of 15-year-old Jeanette Maples in December 2009.

      A federal inmate reportedly told jail guards that Richard and three others planned to take a guard hostage during a Bible study and use a sock with a bar of soap as a weapon.

      They were going to make demands and try to escape from jail. After escaping, court documents show the inmates and their hostages would take a car and find somewhere to hangout "until the heat died down." After that, the group would drive to Mexico.

      According to court documents, McAnulty was going to make demands, including to be armed with weapons and seeing his wife. The inmates would take hostages. They would dress the hostages in inmate uniforms so rescuers would not know who was an inmate and who was a jail worker or volunteer. The inmates would put blankets on the windows to block snipers from seeing in.

      Deputy Karl Wilkerson testified he interviewed the federal informant before the planned attack.

      Wilkerson told prosecutor Erik Hasselman. Hasselman advised him to allow Richard McAnulty to leave his cell and start going to Bible study. Wilkerson said Hasselman told him they would prosecute if they found soap on or near Richard's body.

      Deputies stopped Richard en route to Bible study. They searched him and didn't find anything.

      Wilkerson told the court that deputies did not find any weapons in Richard's cell. They did find an "escape supply list." It included 12 throwing knives, a pair of flippers, seven mini airtanks and a choke rope.

      "It's a long list," Wilkerson said.

      The defense asked Richard McAnulty about the plot on Thursday. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid self incrimination.

      Hasselman said Richard McAnulty will not face the death penalty, citing they will not be able to prove Richard McAnulty's actions caused Jeanette Maple's death.

      Richard McAnulty will resume testifying shortly in the penalty phase of his wife's trial. Hasselman said Angela McAnulty's younger daughter will testify next.

      Angela McAnulty pleaded guilty to murdering her daughter on the first day of her criminal trial, switching the proceedings to the penalty phase.

      A jury must decide whether McAnulty should spend the rest of her life in prison, have an opportunity for parole after 30 years, or face a death sentence.


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