Penny Lucia said her stepdaughter told her that Folden served her papers Monday seeking to annul his adoption of the three oldest children in order to reduce his child support payments. In her right mind, she would never do them harm," Waco said Monday. Her son, David, who was 14 at the time, survived. A year later, Mary Ellen Samuels was sent to death row by a Van Nuys judge for orchestrating the murders of her husband and the hit man she had hired to kill him. Outside San Fernando Superior Court, some jurors hugged before going their separate ways.
I don't mean to mislead you in any way," Waco said, at one point.
They described Sandi Nieves as a good parent, close to her children and a devout Mormon. Also notable Monday was how frequently and successfully prosecutors objected to Waco's arguments. She broke down crying after she was led out of the courtroom, her lawyer said. Folden was seeking greater access to his children, but Nieves said in court papers that she feared for their safety because of alleged drug problems and violent behavior by Folden's son from a previous marriage. Waco accused prosecutors of bias and contended that Nieves was not legally conscious at the time of the deadly blaze.