Shelli DeRobertis 2 p.m., July 30
Potts Booked for Strangulating Ex- and Son
18 months later, the long arm of the law reaches out in Bonita.
4500 Bonita Road, Bonita Homicide on July 26, 2006; arrest on January 16, 2008, 9:05 a.m.
Tori Vienneau and her 10-month-old son, Dean Springstube, were brutally murdered on July, 2006.
Tori and her son were living in a Mountain View apartment at the time of their deaths. A roommate found both mother and baby strangled to death; little Dean was hanging from a noose in his crib.
Homicide Team III investigated the case for the past 18 months and coordinated the investigation with the Family Protection Unit of the District Attorney’s Office.
Detectives obtained search arrest warrants charging Dennis Potts, 23, with two counts of murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Max Corn, 23, was arrested on a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge as well.
Corn was arrested at an ATM machine on Bonita Road, and Potts arrested while driving down the same road.
Potts was Tori’s ex-boyfriend and she claims was the father of her child. A working theory is that Potts did not want to take responsibility for child support, and the night of the murder Tori had planned to meet with Potts and inform him she was going to file a paternity suit in court.