Matthew Lickona 4:30 p.m., Aug. 20
Sad Testimony of a Woman's Last Days
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.