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— Begovich also offered alternative death scenarios to the one offered by the prosecution. He stressed that Lupe was simultaneously sexually involved with three men other than Dailey, two of whom were roommates, all of whom thought they were dating her exclusively. He also brought out that Lupe had confessed to a coworker the night before she disappeared that she thought she might be pregnant with Thompson's baby and that, if she were, she would have to go out of town to have the baby. "How interesting," Begovich says. "She also had several family members throughout Mexico. She was born in Tijuana and had family in Tijuana and Guadalajara, and she could have easily gone down below the border to get away from it all."

Begovich's efforts were to no avail. The prosecution sent investigators to interview Lupe's family in Mexico. They cross-referenced the names of two women who had used Lupe's Social Security number with Department of Motor Vehicle records, and the pictures didn't match Lupe's. They explained that the phone call placed from Lupe's apartment after her disappearance was to Victorville, which happened to be where the man painting her apartment was from, though he denied making it. And, as for the witness who said she saw Lupe, Goldstein says, "She was completely unbelievable. You always have that...in high-profile murder cases, you have Elvis witnesses."

In the end it boiled down to Lupe's checkbook and Dailey's big mouth and maternal instinct. "The thing that was most powerful in the minds of the jury," Begovich says, "and I spoke to nine of them right after the verdict, were: number one, he made numerous threats; number two was the fact that there was a checkbook of hers found in his boat 12 days after she had disappeared. And, three, they felt she wouldn't have abandoned her children. Even though they didn't know when he killed her, where he killed her, and how he killed her, they felt that those things were proof beyond a reasonable doubt."

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