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Posted: 8/21/2004 11:03:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 11:04:25 AM EST by gardenWeasel]


U.S. National - AP

Hair May Link Student to SUV Vandalism

LOS ANGELES - A graduate student indicted in a series of firebombings and vandalizing of sport utility vehicles was linked to one targeted SUV dealership by DNA taken from a hair found at the scene, prosecutors say.


Billy Cottrell, 24, a physics student at the California Institute of Technology, was indicted in March in connection with the damage or destruction of about 125 vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley last August.

According to authorities, he used an alias to tell the Los Angeles Times he was involved in the SUV attacks and affiliated with the radical Earth Liberation Front.

Prosecutors have disclosed that forensics experts matched DNA from hair and saliva samples taken from Cottrell to a hair found on a headband at the dealership, the Pasadena Star News reported Friday.

Cottrell's lawyers countered that the discovery does not prove Cottrell was responsible for the vandalism.

"Mere presence (at the scene) is not sufficient to convict someone of something they've been charged with," defense attorney Michael Mayock said.

Cottrell faces one count of conspiracy to commit arson, seven counts of arson and one count of using a destructive device — a Molotov cocktail.

He is being held without bail pending a trial set for Oct. 26. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 11:07:59 AM EST
I'm going to post this on DU.

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 11:11:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 11:19:48 AM EST by gardenWeasel]
Here's a link to a whole nest of freaks that want to help
shitheads like billy.


Link Posted: 8/21/2004 11:20:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 11:21:06 AM EST by ar15bubba]
They ought to make the little bastard wash the H2s that customers by from dealerships as part of his sentence.  

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 12:21:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By ar15bubba:
They ought to make the little bastard wash the H2s that customers by from dealerships as part of his sentence.  

I think they should set him on fire. Destroying private property that someone else is using to feed his family is a very bad thing.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 3:42:14 PM EST
You would think a student at California Institute of Technology would be smart enough to realize that setting those SUVs on fire released MUCH more pollution, and harmfull chemicals into the environment...Than if the vehicles had been driven around for 30 years....at top speed....with faulty emissions systems.

Well...Then again, nobody ever accused a member of ELF of being very bright.

Fucking tree huggin, enviro-weenies.
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