In the rain we see their tears
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat
The death penalty was taken off the table before Lee's trial began on Oct. 11, 2016. Erin Corwin's mother, Lore Heavilin, is expected to be present at the sentencing."State laws require a sentence of life imprisonment without parole or death for homicides involving special circumstances set by the California Penal Code."
"The courtroom was completely quiet as the foreman read the verdict. Lee sat silently in the defendant’s chair as behind him, in the audience, his mother began to cry.
"His wife, Nichole Lee, was not in the room."
"State laws require a sentence of life imprisonment without parole or death for homicides involving special circumstances set by the California Penal Code."
"This was a terrible crime that showed absolutely no regard for the value of human life," District Attorney Mike Ramos said. "Erin Corwin was just a young girl with her entire life ahead of her. And now, all that's left is her memory. While justice was served today, it can only be a small consolation to her family and friends who will have to suffer a lifetime of pain knowing she died such a senseless death.""The murder of Erin Corwin was solved by solid investigative work and devoted volunteers committing thousands of hours during the eight-week search," said Sheriff John McMahon. "We can't erase the pain felt by Erin's loved ones, but we will do everything in our power to imprison the criminal responsible for her murder."
|Erin Corwin and her mom, Lore Heavilin/Facebook|
|Jon and Erin Corwin|
"She was a secret who didn't want to be a secret anymore."
"It (his testimony) was scripted, it was rehearsed, it was meant to con you."
"This NEVER happened."He then asked the jury the rhetorical question:
"If a man who crafts lies to suit his own needs and to everyone important in his life, what do you think he's going to do to you?"
"I made the decision to kill her, I did."
"To me it was an instant and an eternity in the same moment."
"Physically I could have stopped."
"I didn't lose my mind, Mr. Daugherty, I just wasn't able to stop."
"It was something I had to do."
"I was controlled by the anger, the hate I felt that day."
"The hate commanded me."
"Anger and hate and that's what moved me forward."
"She had no idea what was coming."
"Like it or not you still hold a part of my heart
Ready or not we were gonna get caught
Don't give up and I won't too
Hopefully like me, you still think 'I love you'"
"In fact, it was a surprise trip for her, but not in the way she thought."
"I thought I was in love with her, but it was a make-believe life I was in love with."
"If I didn't have Liberty, I might have."
"We thought we were perfect together."
"Part of my life I wanted to move past."
"I didn't meet her on Saturday."
|Dr. Frank Sheridan/The Southern California Medical Museum|
|Erin Corwin Missing Poster/Pinterest|
|Erin Corwin's horse, Cassy|
"I really want to help you guys find her, because as much as she lied to me, I really cared about her."
"It didn't seem pertinent at the time."
"I was indifferent about life."
"She was a secret, so I could tell her my secrets."
"She was my happy place."
"It wasn't supposed to be there."She said she kept her distance from the Corolla:
"I didn't get too close because I didn't know if anyone was inside."Valek said the car remained in the same place for a couple of days.
"I was going to report it to the police, but I just didn't."
"Whenever they needed it, they drove it."Important to remember all the evidence, like the homemade garrote, that was found in the Suburban by Detective Woods.
"My husband bought that piece of trash."She explained she hid it in her bedroom:
"I didn't want Liberty to see it. I was appalled."I will post what happened after the lunch break either later this evening or tomorrow morning.
|Erin and Jon Corwin/Facebook|