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Saturday, July 18, 1998
Zamora's mother testifies
By CHIP BROWN / Associated Press Writer
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -- The mother of former Naval Academy
midshipman Diane Zamora testified Friday that her daughter never
discussed the events surrounding the murder of Adrianne Jones
prior to her daughter's arrest.
Speaking in a soft, timid voice, Gloria Zamora described her
daughter -- now sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 death
of Miss Jones -- as "real quiet" but someone who "worked
hard at what she wanted and she achieved it."
Mrs. Zamora broke into tears when prosecutor Mike Parrish showed
her a photograph of her daughter with former Air Force Academy
cadet David Graham, 20, who is now on trial for capital murder
in the death of Miss Jones.
Graham's attorney, Dan Cogdell, says he intends to prove that
Miss Zamora acted alone in the shooting and bludgeoning of Miss
Jones, 16, because she was jealous and considered her a romantic
rival for Graham's affection.
Both Graham and Zamora, who were once engaged to be married,
have confessed to the killing and since recanted.
Cogdell says Graham confessed because he "worshipped"
Miss Zamora, his first love, and had agreed to help cover up the
crime with her if she ever got caught.
When Parrish asked Mrs. Zamora if Graham had ever purchased
a handgun for her daughter, she replied, "No, sir, not to
the best of my knowledge."
"Did you ever see your daughter with a handgun?"
"No," said Mrs. Zamora, who was called as a prosecution
Mrs. Zamora testified about the months leading up to the night
of the murder in December 1995, including a car wreck that left
her daughter with severe injuries to three fingers on her left
Prosecutors have attempted to show that scars found on Miss
Jones neck were from the left hand of an attacker and that Miss
Zamora's hand was too damaged and weak to leave such scars.
On cross examination, however, Mrs. Zamora agreed with Cogdell
that by the time of the murder, Miss Zamora's left hand was free
of an immobilizing cast and of bandages and that she was in physical
therapy with some movement in the fingers.
Earlier, Jennifer McKearney, the former Naval Academy roommate
of Miss Zamora testified that the cadet said her fiancee shot
and killed Miss Jones.
"She told me that she and her boyfriend, David, had killed
a girl while they were in high school," Ms. McKearney said.
"She said the girl had slept with David and she said in order
to make up for it, he had to kill her."
The prosecution contends that Graham killed Miss Jones at the
urging of Miss Zamora.
When asked on re-direct examination who shot Miss Jones, Ms.
McKearney said, "She clearly stated that David pulled the
Ms. McKearney testified that she and another roommate turned
in Miss Zamora to authorities after a conversation in the early
morning of Aug. 25, 1996, in which Miss Zamora confessed that
she and Graham killed Miss Jones.
The two were arrested in September 1996 after both had left
the Fort Worth area to go to the military academies. Miss Zamora,
20, was convicted in February after attempting to blame Graham
for the killing.
Jeff Alcorn, a Naval paralegal who helped search Miss Zamora's
room at the academy, testified to finding a day calendar in which
an arrow pointing to the date of Miss Jones' murder had been drawn
with a notation that read, "Adrianne 1:38 a.m."
Alcorn said he seized dozens of letters that Graham had written
to Miss Zamora.
In an attempt to show Graham's obsession with Miss Zamora,
Cogdell asked Alcorn, "It appears every day David Graham
was writing Miss Zamora, isn't that right?"
Alcorn replied, "Yes, sir."
Also Friday, Grand Prairie police Officer Don Swanz testified
to finding a 9 millimeter handgun wrapped in a T shirt, duct tape
and three plastic grocery bags in the attic of Graham's father's
home. Prosecutors have alleged that the gun was the murder weapon.
Swanz testified that the easiest way to access the attic where
the gun was found was through David Graham's bedroom.
Under direct examination by Parrish, Swanz deviated from prior
testimony and said he was wearing gloves when he opened the bundle
containing the gun.
He previously had testified that he wasn't wearing gloves.
Cogdell attempted to show that Swanz, who is 56 years old,
had a history of memory problems and that nothing he said could
be relied upon.
Swanz testified that a datebook separate from the one found
in Miss Zamora's room at the Naval Academy was also found in the
Graham residence. It too had a notation reading "1:38 a.m."
on the date Miss Jones was murdered.
Cogdell attempted to show that the datebook and the writing
of the notation belonged to Miss Zamora. Cogdell also attempted
show that a listing under the letter "J" in the datebook
with Adrianne Jones' name and addresss was written by Miss Zamora.
Graham could get a life prison sentence if convicted of the
capital murder charge against him. The state is not seeking the
Testimony was to resume Monday.
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