View Full Version : Female corpse,possibly Brianna Denison, found in Nevada field
February 16th, 2008, 12:47 AM
RENO, Nev. - Police cordoned off a field where the body of a woman was
found Friday but declined to speculate whether the body was that of missing
19-year-old college student Brianna Denison.
The body was found about noon in the brush-covered field on the city's south
side near a light industrial area, Reno police spokesman Steve Frady said.
Police are *assuming* its her
February 16th, 2008, 12:52 AM
February 21st, 2008, 05:00 PM
RENO, Nev. — A pair of women's underwear found with the body of a college student who had been kidnapped and strangled may have been left behind to taunt authorities searching for a serial rapist, police said Tuesday.
The underwear contained the DNA of two people _ the same man who committed at least two sexually motivated crimes against other young college women in the area in the past four months, and an unknown woman, police said.
"Our belief is the suspect in this case left these panties there either to taunt the police, to taunt the community, or somehow didn't realize he had them and dropped them in that regard," Chief Michael Poehlman told KKOH Radio.
The black thong underwear, emblazoned with the head of the cartoon character the Pink Panther, found with the body Friday did not belong to 19-year-old strangling victim Brianna Denison, police said.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the unknown DNA belonged to another woman who might have been assaulted.
Denison, a sophomore at Santa Barbara City College in California, was visiting her hometown over winter break when she was abducted Jan. 20 while she slept on a couch in a friend's home near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Police suspect her killer is the same man who committed the sex crimes, and their search has plagued much of the area around the university with fear.
"What is critical to us is there was DNA on these panties, not Brianna's or anyone else in the house," Poehlman said.
The underwear also may have been stolen in a burglary or perhaps belonged to a woman who had dated someone and later noticed the garment missing, police Lt. Robert McDonald said.
It's important the woman who owns the underwear come forward because any information she has may lead police to Denison's killer, McDonald said.
February 22nd, 2008, 06:02 PM
In this article (http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080220/NEWS01/802200439/1016/NEWS&theme=DENISON) police seem to be narrowing it down. A pair of panties no one will claim and this obscure condom brand;
Police also said that DNA evidence links the suspect to an unopened package of Trojan condoms that was found at the scene during the November attempted sexual assault of a college woman who was able to kick and scream, causing her attacker to flee. McDonald asked for tips from people who know someone who uses that brand.
I told my bro-in-law that based on what I learned of him from cleaning my guest room the last time they stayed the weekend I'm going to have to contact Reno police about his penchant for Trojans.
November 26th, 2008, 01:57 PM
James Michael Biela
Police say James Michael Biela, 27, of Sparks, was arrested Tuesday night and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, murder and sexual assault.
Biela provided a DNA sample that matched evidence found at the scene where Brianna Denison's body was found in February, a Denison family member said Wednesday.
Denison was abducted before dawn on Jan. 20 as she slept on the couch at a home near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Investigators said DNA evidence gathered from the scene linked Denison's killer to at least two other sexual attacks on women at or near the university from October to December 2007.
November 26th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Oh, I hope it's the guy! No word in that article on how they came to acquire his DNA for matching. Was he arrested for another crime, I wonder??
November 26th, 2008, 02:16 PM
thanks for the update cat. This has been going on almost a year now and its time this girl got some justice.
November 26th, 2008, 05:59 PM
Looks like someone left a tip about this puss bucket with the cops, so they went and asked him for a DNA sample, he said fuck off , so they just went to the the mother of his 4 year old child and got one from his kid instead, Bing , bang , boom, Ass Hat goes to jail. Once the police tag you its only a matter of time before they get DNA from you, you leave it every were you go. They dont need a warent to get trash from your garbage can or to pick up a ciggy off the street after you toss it down.
someone left an anonymous tip that Biela might have been involved in the murder. After getting the tip Reno police met with Biela, who declined to give a DNA sample. Remember this morning when I said that they had gotten a sample of DNA from Biela? It was actually a DNA sample from his 4-year-old son. Reno detectives also interviewed Biela's girlfriend at the time of Brianna's disappearance, Carleen Harmon. Carleen had a son by Biela and although Biela said that Harmon would give him an alibi for the time when Brianna disappeared she could not account for him during the times in question, December 16th 2007 or January 20th 2008.
Currently Washoe County sheriff's detectives are digging in the backyard of the house where James lived at one point. Although they won't release the details of the search there are only a few things they could be searching for. More dead bodies or hidden evidence such as clothing or murder weapons.
Biela has a bit of a violent history as well. Back in 2002 he was arrested for threatening his ex-girlfriend's neighbor with a knife. His girlfriend at the time filed a restraining order against him but he was never served with it and the original charge of assault with a deadly weapon was downgraded to simple assault, which is a misdemeanor.
James Michael Biela is a former United States Marine. This sullies the reputation of the Marine Corps just as badly as some of the active duty scumbags that have recently committed heinous crimes.
November 26th, 2008, 07:55 PM
OMG! I feel so sorry for his son!!
"my Daddy's a murderer and rapist, what's yours?"
As if its perfectly normal. I hope the mum is able to give him a lot of support and love. Given that she didn't object to the DNA she sounds like a pretty descent person who perhaps just got pregnant to the wrong guy.
November 26th, 2008, 08:17 PM
OMG! I feel so sorry for his son!!
"my Daddy's a murderer and rapist, what's yours?"
As if its perfectly normal. I hope the mum is able to give him a lot of support and love. Given that she didn't object to the DNA she sounds like a pretty descent person who perhaps just got pregnant to the wrong guy.
She was suppose to be his alibi, but she told the cops he wasnt around at the time Brianna was kiddnaped and she also told them about some thong panties she saw in his truck. So I would guess she is going to be a witness to a bunch of stuff. Help put this FuckTard in jail were he belongs.
November 28th, 2008, 06:39 AM
Joseph Biela, Father of James Michael Biela
Channel 4 interviewed James father, about his son James today. Uhh how to put this nicely, hmm , If Joseph was a box of 12 Crayola Crayons, he would be missing 11 1/2 of them.
News 4 spoke with Joseph Biela Wednesday morning. He is James Biela's father. Joseph said he knew nothing of his son's arrest until he saw it on television this morning. He said he has not spoken with his son in about a year.
Joseph says he's sorry for Denison's family, and shared some information about his son's past. He said James was kicked out of the Marine Corps for drug use and an ongoing drug problem.
The father said he told James, "You have screwed up your life by being thrown out of the Marines."
Joseph Biela interview.
January 3rd, 2009, 02:30 PM
(CNN) -- A former Marine and suspected serial rapist pleaded not guilty this week to raping and murdering 19-year-old college student Brianna Denison.
The family of Brianna Denison launched a Web site dedicated to her memory after her death in 2008.
James Biela, 27, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the disappearance of Denison, who was last seen alive on her friend's sofa in Reno, Nevada, January 20, 2008.
The construction worker entered his plea in Washoe County District Court on Wednesday. Judge Robert Perry set a tentative trial date for February 22, 2010, according to online court records.
Denison, a sophomore at Santa Barbara City College in California, was visiting friends in her hometown of Reno when she disappeared. Three weeks later, her body was found in a field near her friend's home, partially covered with snow. An autopsy determined she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
A pair of panties that were not hers also were found near the body, in what police said was a "calling card" that helped them connect Biela not only to Denison, but also to another sexual assault.
In a press conference after Biela's arrest in December, police said they were able to connect the former Marine's DNA with a sample on the panties. Police also found DNA matching Biela's on the rear door of the off-campus house where Denison was staying with friends.
The sample also matched DNA found at the scene of a December 16 sexual assault, police said. The victim, a student at the University of Nevada , was able to escape her attacker and describe him in detail, police say.
Both crimes bear a striking resemblance to several other sexual assaults in the area, leading police to believe that Biela is a serial rapist. They are asking other possible victims to come forward.
The case went unsolved for almost 10 months until an anonymous tip from a friend of Biela's former girlfriend broke this cold case wide open, police said.
Investigators had established that the killer was from the Reno area and had an unusual fetish of collecting one victim's underwear and leaving it at the next victim's crime scene.
The tipster caught investigators' attention by telling them that Biela's former girlfriend had found two pairs of thong panties in his truck.
Detectives immediately followed up on the tip and, with permission from the former girlfriend, took DNA samples from Biela's 4-year-old son.
Lab tests showed that the boy's father -- Biela -- was almost certainly a match for the DNA found on the doorknob and at the crime scene, police said.
The finding was confirmed when Biela was arrested and ordered to submit DNA samples. An overnight session at the crime lab confirmed the match, and charges were filed, police said.
Investigators said they since have learned that Biela was familiar with the grounds of the university, having worked there on a construction job last year. Police say his work on campus put him in a position to easily target women.
When first questioned about the Denison case in early November, Biela refused to submit DNA samples and provided an alibi to police, saying he'd been with his girlfriend. The girlfriend denies that he was with her the night Denison disappeared, investigators said.
Calls to Biela's public defenders Friday were not answered.
March 16th, 2010, 07:00 PM
DNA taken from the young son of a man accused of killing a college student and raping two other women can be used as evidence in his upcoming trial to try to link the suspect to the crimes, a judge ruled.
Washoe District Judge Robert Perry on Monday denied a motion by defense lawyers for James Biela to suppress the evidence.
Investigators said Biela declined to provide a voluntary DNA sample, so officers received permission from his girlfriend to test the couple's son.
From that, forensic experts determined the child's biological father could not be ruled out as the source of DNA evidence gathered from crime scenes.
"The defendant cites absolutely no authority for the proposition that the child's mother could not consent to the taking of the boy's DNA or that defendant has standing to object," Perry wrote in his decision.
Biela, a Sparks construction worker, is charged with the murder of 19-year-old Brianna Denison, who vanished while sleeping on a friend's couch in January 2008 near the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Her body was found about three weeks later.
He's also charged with raping two other women near the university. Biela has pleaded not guilty. He could face the death penalty if convicted. His trial is scheduled to begin in May.
Separately, Perry delayed ruling on a request to block a jury from learning about Biela's use of pornography, indications of sexual fetishes and material on his computer containing sexual material, items of women's underwear and references to Denison.
Before Monday's ruling, Maizie Pusich, a chief deputy public defender, said the jury should decide Biela's guilt or innocence based on the evidence of the crimes, not "because they think he has some odd interests."
Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler argued that the information gathered from Biela's computers, including the discovery of such key words as "choke," "rapist" and "stalking," shows his behavior at the time Denison was raped and murdered and should be allowed as evidence.http://www.rgj.com/article/20100316/NEWS/3160347/1321/news/Judge-rules-DNA-from-Biela-s-son-can-be-used-in-Denison-trial
He's also was charged with for 2007 crimes of raping a UNR student in a university parking garage and with kidnapping and sexually assaulting another UNR student.
May 9th, 2010, 01:57 AM
James Biela trial: Jury selection begins Monday morning
More than two years after the sexual assaults, kidnappings and slaying occurred, and a year and a half after an arrest, the time has come for trial.
About 75 prospective jurors will file Monday into a courtroom and answer questions to determine whether they can be fair and impartial while deciding the fate of James Biela, who is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder.
The trial before Washoe District Judge Robert Perry is expected to last three weeks. Biela could face the death penalty if convicted.
Biela's lawyers have asked the judge to move the trial out of Reno, arguing that the Denison case has been highly publicized since she was first reported missing Jan. 20, 2008.
The intense media coverage would make it difficult for jurors to set aside what they heard or read and give Biela's case a fair review, the lawyers argued.
But in Nevada, a judge must first try to seat a jury and fail before a change of venue can be granted.
During hearings, Perry acknowledged that the case had drawn attention but hoped it could be overcome.
"The court believes that it is pure fantasy to imagine that it is probable that any juror in any location in the state of Nevada will not have heard of this case, particularly by the time the case come to trial in any venue," Perry said.
The focus while seating the jury will be to find people who will set aside "preconceived notions and opinions of others" and render verdicts based on the evidence presented at trial.
Perry denied a motion by Biela's lawyers to not exclude automatically any prospective juror who "believes in the sanctity of life" and therefore would have a problem imposing a death sentence. He said he would only dismiss them if they said they could not follow the law or find in favor of the death penalty if appropriate.
Times A photo of Brianna Denison at the memorial erected where her body was found. oooo A photo Brianna Denison at the memorial erected where her body was found.
May 9th, 2010, 02:00 AM
this one is a full story from beginning until now with all the twists and turns
May 17th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Death Penalty Focus In Denison Murder Trial May 11, 2010
RENO, Nev. -- Jury selection continued Tuesday in the trial of a Nevada man accused of killing a college student, with lawyers questioning prospective jurors on whether they would consider sentencing James Biela to death if he's found guilty.
Biela is charged with kidnapping and killing 19-year-old Brianna Denison and sexually assaulting two other young women more than two years ago.
At the urging of prosecutors, Washoe District Judge Robert Perry dismissed three more jurors on Tuesday who said they could not vote to execute anyone under any circumstances.
Public defender Jim Leslie is trying to find jurors who are open to alternatives, such as a life sentence with or without the possibility of parole. Several said they would be.
Save the money and just take him out back and put a bullet in his forehead
Jury Set In Denison Murder Trial
Biela Could Face Death Penalty If ConvictedMay 12 2010
RENO, Nev. -- A jury has been seated and the trial will begin in Reno Wednesday for the man accused of kidnapping and killing a college student and sexually assaulting two other women more than two years ago.
Lawyers took two days to weed out prospective jurors with the strongest views on the death penalty before settling on a panel that will decide if James Biela is the serial rapist responsible for the string of attacks that had the city on edge for nearly a year.
First Witness Testifies In Biela Trial
Student Says She Was AssaultedMay 13 2010
RENO, Nev. -- The first witness called Wednesday in James Biela's murder trial was an exchange student who said the defendant assaulted her and forced her to perform sexual acts.
Prosecutors said Biela’s crimes escalated from rape to murder, with the sexual assaults of the exchange student and another woman in 2007 near the University of Nevada, Reno leading to the death of college student Brianna Denison in 2008.
Biela is facing three counts of sexual assault and one count each of kidnapping and murder.
Denison, a 19-year-old who grew up in Reno, was visiting family and friends during the winter break when she disappeared in January 2008. Her body was found three weeks later in a vacant lot.
Testimony Continues In Denison Murder TrialMay 14 2010
RENO, Nev. -- Crime scene and DNA experts could be next to testify in the trial of the man charged with abducting and killing a 19-year-old college student and sexually assaulting two other women near the University of Nevada, Reno.
Trial resumes Friday in the James Biela murder and sexual assault trial in Washoe County District Court.
A Washoe County crime lab investigator testified Thursday about evidence collected from a December 2007 sexual assault victim.
A Reno police detective also testified investigators believed the same man who attacked that woman abducted Brianna Denison.
Denison was 19 when she disappeared in January 2008. Her body was found 26 days later. Authorities say she had been raped and strangled.
Denison Murder Trial Continues In RenoMay 17 2010
RENO, Nev. -- Week two of the Brianna Denison murder trial began with a Reno jury expecting to hear about the young college student’s abduction, rape and killing, which prosecutors said happened at the hands of defendant James Biela.
Two women who claim Biela assaulted them in late 2007 testified last week.
With testimony resuming Monday in Washoe County District Court, the focus is on the January 2008 disappearance of the 19-year-old Denison from a friend's house near the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
Her body was found almost four weeks later. Authorities said she'd been raped and strangled.
K this should catch everyone up to date
May 19th, 2010, 10:44 PM
Video: Biela Apologized to Girlfriend After Arrest
James Biela cried and told his girlfriend, "I am sorry for everything I've done," after he was arrested on charges of rape and murder, according to a videotaped meeting shown Wednesday to jurors.RENO, Nev. (AP) - James Biela cried and told his girlfriend, "I am sorry for everything I've done," after he was arrested on charges of rape and murder, according to a videotaped meeting shown Wednesday to jurors.
The woman - the mother of Biela's child - cried hysterically at times during the encounter, which was arranged and taped by police investigators shortly after Biela's arrest in 2008.
Biela, 28, a former Marine and pipe fitter, is charged with raping and killing 19-year-old Brianna Denison in 2008 and sexually assaulting two other women in 2007 near the University of Nevada, Reno. He faces a possible death penalty if convicted of murder.
Denison was sleeping on a friend's couch when she was abducted in the early hours of Jan. 20, 2008. Her body was found about a month later in a vacant lot in a south Reno business district. Police said she had been raped and strangled.
Earlier Wednesday, Scott Ferris, a manager at EE Technologies, testified that a "pale and shaking" co-worker came across Denison's body in a vacant lot about a month after she vanished while sleeping on a couch at a friend's house.
Ferris said he went with that co-worker, Alberto Jimenez, back to the scene and then called 911.
Authorities said Biela, who was trained in martial arts, had worked briefly at EE Technologies and was familiar with the area where Denison's body was found lying in a shallow ditch and covered by a discarded Christmas tree.
Tucked beneath one of her legs were two pairs of intertwined thong underwear, one of which belonged to K.T. Hunter, the friend Denison was staying with when she disappeared, and which contained DNA from Hunter, Denison, and Biela.
Their big break came 10 months later from an anonymous tipster who said Biela's girlfriend confided in her of finding women's thong underwear in Biela's truck when she went to visit him in Washington state. Biela had left town shortly after Denison's body was found.
Jenkins said Biela was kept under surveillance, and investigators interviewed his girlfriend, who consented to allowing a DNA sample be taken from their son.
From that, forensic experts determined the child's biological father could not be ruled out as the source of the DNA evidence gathered from the Denison and sex attack crime scenes.
Investigators then obtained a seizure order from a judge to take a sample from Biela. An arrest warrant was issued when his DNA matched samples from the crime scenes, Jenkins said.
VIDEO AT LINK
May 21st, 2010, 10:25 PM
from trial today
Witness: Biela told coworker Denison 'probably had it coming'
On the day that Brianna Denison’s body was found, James Biela told a coworker that she “probably had it coming” and asked to be laid off from his job.
Biela took his last paycheck, moved to a small town in Washington and traded his 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck for a 2008 Chevy Silverado.
Biela had been complaining about being frustrated with his girlfriend and their son, Latham said of Biela’s move. And of his comment, Latham said: “He always had that sense of humor.”
Biela is charged with raping and killing Denison in early 2008 and sexually assaulting two other women in late 2007. The second week of his trial ended Friday, and the prosecutor is expected to finish presenting his case Monday.
iela was linked to the Denison killing through DNA found on her body, at the house from which she was abducted. DNA also linked him to the victim of the December 2007 kidnapping and sexual assault, a DNA analyst testified Friday.
Jeffrey Rolands, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations who worked at the Washoe County crime lab, said he compared Biela’s DNA with a sample taken from Denison’s body, from one taken for a doorknob at the house she was in, and one from the December 2007 sexual assault. They all matched, he said.
Statistically, the match between Biela’s DNA and a sperm sample from Denison’s body was one in more than 125 quadrillion, 300 trillion, Rolands said.
Biela’s lawyer, Jay Slocom, questioned Rolands’ claims, saying it was not possible to say whether two people did not have the same DNA. He also said Rolands violated lab policy by consuming all the DNA samples so they could not be retested for accuracy.
A GOOD WORKER
Latham praised Biela as a good worker - one of his best.
“He performed on my job like he was my top guy,” Latham said of Biela, a union pipefitter. “No complaints whatsoever about Jimmy.”
But in the fall of 2007, Biela’s temperament changed, Latham said.
He seemed frustrated and maybe a little upset,” Latham said. “If I came up to say hi, he seemed frustrated. He had a scowl on his face.”
Biela asked to be laid off in early February 2008, but Latham talked him out of it. But at about 10 or 11 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2008 - the day the Denison body was found -- Beila went to Latham and said he was “tired of all the drama” and insisted he be let go.
Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler asked Latham if they had heard about the finding of the Denison body by then, and he said yes.
When Latham asked Biela what he thought about Denison’s murder, Biela allegedly said: “(expletive) that (expletive). She probably had it coming,” Latham said, adding Biela then “cracked a smile.”
When later questioned by police, Latham said he remembers seeing a child’s shoe in Biela’s truck. The woman who was kidnapped from her apartment and sexually assaulted in December 2007 testified that she saw a child’s shoe in her attacker’s truck.
Reno police Det. Adam Wygnanski said he was at the police station when he received a phone call Jan. 20, 2008, saying a college student had disappeared.
He began fielding phone calls from people who had children attending the University of Nevada, Reno, started collecting DNA samples and reviewed Secret witness tips. On Feb. 15, 2008, a report came in that a body was found, he said. When he arrived, he said he knew it was Denison.
“Based on the physical description of the decedent, I believe it was the same person” he said. Police upped their investigation, he said, adding, “We had some sleepless nights. It was a very intense investigation.”
As Wygnanski testified about finding Denison, her mother, Bridgette Denison began crying softly in the courtroom. A man sitting next to her comforted her as she wiped away tears. She did not attend the afternoon session.
Wygnanski said in early November, a Secret Witness tip caught his eye. The person said she had a friend who had “located some panties in the console of a motor vehicle.” The friend’s husband was looking on porn sites and they had a 4 to 5 year old child in common. They were not certain of the first name, but the last name was Biela.
Wygnanski said he checked Biela’s driver’s license photo against the sketch of a rape suspect in an October 2007 attack and they looked “remarkably similar.” Biela also matched the physical description: 6 feet, 200 pounds.
“He asked if this was about his dad,” Wygnanski said. “He had concerns about his dad because his dad had some problems. I said no it is not.”
Biela’s demeanor changed with the detective said he was investigating the Denison murder.
“He went silent and looked straight out the window and tried to avoid eye contact,” Wygnanski said. “And then he said who reported it? The jovial start changed immediately to nervousness. He was starting to sweat.”
“That heightened my suspicion,” Wygnanski said. “Why would someone lie about a vehicle he had just traded in.”
Wgnanski also asked Biela if he had left the Reno area recently and he said he had not.
“I asked him how can you convince me he was not involved in murder of Brianna Denison, and he said you can call my girlfriend. She’s my alibi,” Wygnanski said.
Wygnanski met with Carleen Harmon at her mother’s residence.
Harmon met with police, did not support Biela’s alibi, and allowed the police to take a DNA sample from the son she shared with Biela. It matched DNA from the crime scene, Beila was arrested Nov. 25, 2008 as he approached a daycare center to pick up his son.
Biela told the detectives that their evidence against him was either “bull..” or “horse…,” Wygnanski said.
Harmon also gave the police Biela’s black sweatshirt that had “brownish stain” and his muddy gym shoes.
“Mud was important because the area Denison was found was muddy,” Wygnanski said.
May 24th, 2010, 10:55 PM
Biela's lawyers called a DNA and paternity expert as their first witness
The prosecution finished presenting its case this afternoon and James Biela’s lawyers called a DNA and paternity expert as their first witness.
Roger Vincent Miller, with Chromosomal Laboratories in Phoenix said he reviewed the test done by the Washoe County crime lab on DNA evidence in the Biela case and was critical of their decision to use all the swabs used to develop DNA profiles.
e said it was important for the defense to retest the DNA profiles, but there was not enough left to test.
He said he saw “the same types of consumption issues” in both the Brianna Denison case and the December 2007 sexual assault case.
“A better way of doing this would be to split it in half,” Miller said. The crime lab analysts could have tried to use half, and if that was not enough they could have added the rest, he said.
“The question is was there a justification for doing this and I’m not sure there was,” he said. National standards require using only a portion of samples so that the other side can retest, he said.
“They could have proceeded if they had not used the entire sample,” he said.
Update at 3:35 p.m
Prosecutors in the James Biela murder and sexual assault trial have rested their case. The defense will begin presenting its side at 3:40 p.m.
Update at 3:25 p.m.
Carleen Harmon said she was not aware that Biela had met with a Reno police detective until afterward.
Biela called her, crying and upset after the meeting, she said. He told her he needed to meet with her right away. They agreed to meet at their house.
“He was upstairs in the bedroom and he was pacing back and forth,” she said.
He said he was a suspect in the Denison case, and told her she was his alibi.
“He told me that he told the detective I could tell him exactly where he was,” she said. “He was so upset, I was just trying to calm him down.
She said he shouldn’t worry, and told him a lot of people were being investigated in the case.
The rest is here all 7 pages from todays trial http://www.rgj.com/article/20100524/NEWS01/100524004/1005/NEWS02/Biela-s-lawyers-called-a-DNA-and-paternity-expert-as-their-first-witness
James Biela smiles as he enters the courtroom after lunch Monday May 24, 2010 escorted by Washoe County deputies John Saybo, Scott Thomas and Dan Wheeler. Biela is on trial for the 2008 rape and murder of Brianna DenisonThe cock is SMILING!!
May 27th, 2010, 10:02 PM
The man accused of raping and killing a former Mendocino County student was found guilty of all charges Thursday in a Reno courtroom. Jurors began hearing arguments in the penalty phase trying to determine if James Biela, a 28-year-old pipe fitter from Sparks, Nev., deserves the death penalty or life in prison.
Biela was found guilty in the murder of Brianna Denison, a Santa Barabara City College student who was on a visit home to Reno when she was attacked and killed by Biela.
Biela was also found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault tied to attacks on two other young women.
June 1st, 2010, 07:35 PM
Biela update: Biela's lawyer says his violent childhood should spare him the death penalty
Update at 3:10 p.m. James Biela’s traumatic childhood should be a factor when deciding his punishment, his lawyer told the jury in his closing argument.
It’s pretty clear that Mr. Biela’s dad has mental illness, has alcohol abuse, and that was the reason for a lot of the abuse,” James Leslie said.
psychiatrist who interviewed James Biela said he showed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, Leslie said. And his father, grandfather and brother have struggled with psychological problems, he said.
“What we’re saying is he had multiple childhood issues,” Leslie said. “He witnessed acts of violence. It is a mitigating factor. The state wants to shrink down the time frame, but he suffered more than the average child.”
“He sees his mother brutalized, mistreated on almost a nightly basis,” he said. “It is common sense that this is not a normal upbringing. These are valid reasons for jurors to latch on to, and say this is not normal.”
Biela tried to overcome his childhood poverty by working hard, Leslie said, and he tried to overcome his family issues by being a good father.
Biela has been a model inmate while in the jail, and will likely be a stable inmate in prison, he said.
Update at 2:43 p.m. Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler told the jury in his closing argument that James Biela’s horrible upbringing was not an excuse for murder.
“His life as a child was not pleasant,” Sattler said. “I am not going to suggest the life of the defendant and his siblings and his mother was a good life. There is no question Joe Biela was an atrocious man.”
“But should the defendant be able to fall back on the fact that his father was a bad person as some sort of mitigation for taking the life of Brianna Denison?”
Although all of the Biela children testified that their home life was a violent, horrifying experience, his mother, Kathy Lovell, “said it wasn’t that bad,” Sattler said.
[...]The rest is at the link its 7 pages all from todays court proceedings
June 1st, 2010, 08:10 PM
I blame this guys actions on internet porn.I watched a choke fuck video yesterday and am having strange thoughts today.Yeah,not funny.........
June 2nd, 2010, 08:12 PM
He got the DP in 3 hours of deliberation. http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/02/nevada.biela.sentenced/index.html:
June 2nd, 2010, 09:17 PM
ty for the uopdate I hadnt made it here yet lol
I am so happy they didnt fall for his cjhildhood stories
These fucking pricks murder these kids/teens/anyone and yet whine and cry when they have to be held accountable for it
June 2nd, 2010, 10:51 PM
The District Attorney says it gave him heartburn as the jury listed mitigating circumstances, like James Biela's troubled childhood.
But Richard Gammick he says he was optimistic the jury would make the right decision.
Brianna Denison’s family say they will continue their mission to protect women, including trying to pass a law mandating that DNA be collected from felons. Brianna’s aunt says the sentence is what the family hoped for.
Biela's death sentence is automatically appealed in Nevada.
The District Attorney says it's impossible to know how long Biela could sit on death row.
Gammick says because what higher courts will do is not known, he'll also seek maximum consecutive sentences on the other counts.http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/95471199.html
Jurors sentenced convicted murderer and rapist James Biela to death by lethal injection for his crimes. Biela will likely see an automatic appeal.
In the meantime, 2006 was the last time a person was executed by the state of Nevada.
All executions happen in Carson City, at the Nevada State Prison. They are by lethal injection.
There have been 12 inmates put to death since capital punishment was reinstated in Nevada in 1976. Eleven of those have been voluntary, meaning the convicts gave up their appeals.
According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, 73 inmates have been executed since the first hanging in 1905. At this time, there are at least 77 people on death row in Ely, NV.
Kathy Lovell said when jury deliberations passed 8 hours, she thought her son’s life would be spared.
Instead, the jury sentenced James Biela to death for the murder of Brianna Denison, a 19-year-old college student from Reno.
“I was hopeful,” said Lovell, who with sister Liz O’Brien and husband Ron Lovell read a statement to news media shortly after the verdict was returned Wednesday afternoon.
“Our hearts go out to all the families involved this tragedy,” said O’Brien at the courthouse. “This tragedy has robbed several families of their children and grandchildren and a son of his father. We pray for forgiveness where forgiveness is needed. We also pray that God will ultimately bring something good out of this whole situation.”
Family members said they were shocked when the defense presented only one witness, to challenge DNA evidence, after more than 50 witnesses were called by the prosecution.
“We were as shocked as everyone,” said Ron Lovell, Biela’s stepfather. “We were told there were more witnesses. It wasn’t a defense at all.”
The family said they will continue to support Biela during the appeals process.
“Whatever it takes, we aren’t done,” Kathy Lovell said.
As Biela was led from the courtroom he said to his mom, “Don’t cry. I love you.”
His mom and sister both said, “We love you Jimmy.”
In the courtroom during sentencing were Biela’s aunt and two nieces from Reno and his sister Kristi Jackson, stepfather and mother, all of Spokane, Wash. Brother Jeff Biela of Florida and sister Kim Eastman of Utah, both in Reno for most of the trial, had left town.http://www.rgj.com/article/20100602/NEWS01/100602046/1321/news
November 10th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Everthing you could ever want to know about Brianna,pics etc,etc
Brianna Denison: 1988-2008
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