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A parade of five self-described drug addicts testified today in a hearing for two men charged in the death of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found last February, off a dead-end road near Lawrence Welk Village in San Diego’s North County.

One 20-year-old witness was cuffed to the chains around her waist and escorted to the witness box by a deputy.

The witnesses gave grim descriptions of the last time they saw 20-year-old Morayma Denise Rodriguez alive. The woman known as Denise complained of being held at a “drug house” against her will and forcibly injected with “bunk dope” and being raped by men who “took turns” assaulting her over days. There was testimony that Destin Withers came and “rescued” Denise from that situation.

A passerby who had been riding his bicycle said he found a young female laying “face down in the dirt” at the end of a cul de sac, Lawrence Welk Court, about 1 p.m. February 1 2012.

One witness said she overheard Destin Withers instruct Jeffrey McCreary to clean the blood off the back seat of a white Mercedes that Withers normally drove, and Withers threw a Charger blanket onto that back seat, before this witness saw McCreary drive off.

McCreary, 42, has been charged with murder, and is accused of being the shooter in the death of Denise Rodriguez. Destin Withers, 36, is also charged with murder, and felon in possession of ammunition, and committing a new offense while out on bail for a prior.

Both men plead not guilty through their public defenders. This hearing will continue on Monday and a judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to order the men to trial.

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Visduh March 22, 2012 @ 7:34 p.m.

Eva, this news beat of yours must be about the most depressing thing imaginable. You report on one after another of these really dreary cases of murders that have no real reason and no clear resolution. I'd welcome it if you could place a piece about an Easter egg hunt at one of the local parks.

Oh, to comment on this piece, Withers (a real pug-ugly if you ever saw one) has a white MBZ as his usual ride. So, why does he get a public defender? Sounds like a perfect example of the drug trade and its denizens to me. How is it that these lowlifes are out there victimizing others when they are such things as "a felon in possession of ammunition" and is charged as "on bail for a prior?" These are the scum who need to be locked up in our county jail at all times.

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CarolynFL March 23, 2012 @ 6:24 a.m.

Visduh, I'm sure Eva would much rather report about something cheerful such as an Easter egg hunt. I very seriously doubt she has that choice. Easter egg hunts don't make her boss any money and that is the fault of us, the public. Crime sells.

As far as your comments about Withers... he gets a public defender because the court says he is entitled to one. No where in this article does it say that the car belongs to him. Simply says he has driven it. I have driven my sister's Lexus many times but I promise you I couldn't afford to purchase one.

For someone who is looking for the positive things in the news, seems a bit odd that you skipped right over the part where a witness testified that Withers had "rescued" Denise from being raped and drugged. Why would anyone step up to protect a person that they rarely know just to turn around and be a part of their murder?

For your Easter egg hunting pleasures : http://www.nctimes.com/app/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=13419

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Visduh March 24, 2012 @ 9:20 p.m.

It seems as if everything Eva writes about is misery, debauchery, abuse, suffering and death. She needs a break lest she slip into an abyss of depression. Ya' gotta have some sweet along with the bitter. Poor Eva.

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