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Stanislaus County Trial Moves

Over the past three decades, few Stanislaus County trials have used out-of-town juries. They are:

2004: SCOTT PETERSON

The trial of Peterson, a Modesto man accused of murdering his wife, Laci, and his unborn son, Conner, in 2002 was moved to Redwood City after heavy international publicity. Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to die. He's on death row at San Quentin State Prison.


1998: GEORGE SOULIOTES

San Joaquin County jurors were bused to Stanislaus County for the trial of the Modesto landlord convicted of killing a mother and her two children in a 1997 fire. Souliotes was convicted in 2000 and is serving a life sentence at Soledad State Prison.


1992: THE SALIDA MASSACRE

Four of five defendants were tried in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland on charges of killing four people in a Salida duplex by beating them, stabbing them and slashing their throats. Three defendants were sent to death row, and two went to prison for life.


1990: IVY LYNN MARTIN

San Joaquin County jurors also were bused in for the murder trial in the torture death of Martin's 3-year-old son, Jerome. The toddler was beaten to death in 1989 by Martin's lover, Teresa Ann Patterson. Martin was not home when the beating occurred, but she buried her son in a shallow grave in an abandoned orchard. Convicted of murder and child endangerment, she was sentenced to 25 years to life.


1981: MARY ALICE WRY

Wry's trial on charges she murdered housewife Bonnie Sue Gamboa and kidnapped Gamboa's 3-day-old son was moved to Solano County. Wry posed as a portrait artist to gain entry to the home. Detectives found the baby, alive, at Wry's home. His mother had been slain. The jury convicted Wry of murder, and she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


1981: GARY LEE GUZMAN

A trial was held in El Dorado County for Guzman, accused of robbing, kidnapping, raping and murdering Modesto store clerk Linda Goss Rodgers. Guzman was convicted and sent to death row, where he died in 1991 while awaiting execution.


1978: LAWRENCE SINGLETON

Singleton, accused of raping and mutilating 15-year-old hitchhiker Mary Vincent, was tried in San Diego because of widespread coverage in Stanislaus and surrounding counties. Mary was left for dead in Del Puerto Canyon, after she was raped and her arms cut off below the elbows. She survived, and Singleton served eight years of a 14-year sentence. In 2002, Singleton died in prison of cancer while waiting to be executed for killing a prostitute in Florida.

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