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Gina Sund was once much more definite, announcing she was once “90 percentage yes” that the hoop was once her sister's. of Dykes's different confidants, together with female friend Maria Ledbetter, reportedly corroborated a part of Cathy Clay's testimony. An stated meth addict and 24-year-old mom of 3, Ledbetter defined how she spent a lot of February with Dykes, getting excessive and having intercourse. Rufus had lots to conceal, she instructed the inside track media. “He got here in and stated to close the home windows and lock the doors,” Ledbetter acknowledged, recalling the day police got here for Dykes, weapons drawn, on his March five parole violation. “He passed me his gun and his knife. I went into my room and concealed them in a pillowcase within the closet. i used to be so paranoid. We have been either excessive. ” in the course of the two-and-a-half-hour standoff that as Dykes got here down from his excessive, he phoned his father for suggestion on how he may still hand over to police. “I advised him to head out genuine slow,” recalled 67-year-old Burel Dykes, himself an ex-con. “No unexpected strikes. ” earlier than surrendering, Rufus transferred his gun from the pillowcase to a backpack, which gurus seized after arresting Dykes, yet they did not get the switchblade which used to be nonetheless within the pillowcase, until eventually they got here again later with the FBI in tow. “They waited all day to get that knife,” Ledbetter stated, explaining how her sister had given the knife to a chum and needed to name him to get it again prior to they can flip it over to the FBI. She stated brokers have been additionally attracted to even if she had noticeable Dykes with an ax or observed blades. Dykes frequently carried one other knife as well as a gun, she instructed them, yet not anything so bulky nor so grotesque as an ax or observed. “They're attempting to take our clique down,” stated Angelia Dale, 24, one other girlfriend of Dykes and Larwick who used to be arrested for meth ownership and testified basically simply because she was once threatened with reformatory. “They're going after us. we have all identified one another for years. all of us grew up on welfare. a few of us do medicinal drugs. they are attempting to holiday us up. ” She flipped newshounds and photographers the fowl as she entered the courthouse numerous weeks later to provide her testimony. She flipped them off back as she used to be leaving, including: “You're all a host of liars. ” “They've gotten lots of people shaken up here,” stated one other lady who emerged after one-and-a-half-hours of testimony ahead of the grand jury, yet refused to bare her identification. “We all need to know what occurred. those have been 3 blameless humans. ” One strength witness who didn't testify was once 38-year-old Terry Ray, whose grey, waterlogged corpse used to be fished out of the Tuolumne River on April 6. An obvious drowning sufferer, he were within the water 3 or 4 weeks, in accordance with Stanislaus County coroner's deputies. yet inside hours of opting for him, questions started surfacing approximately Terry Ray's operating pals. “Our research exhibits Terry Ray was once linked to the forged of characters within the Sund case,” Stanislaus County Sheriff 's Detective Sergeant Jim Silva admitted upon a few prodding from newshounds.

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