Ken Leighton 2 p.m., Feb. 22
Jury: Daniel Hood did abuse his girlfriend’s child
Child’s father is expected to speak at sentencing next month
“The evidence was overwhelming.”
“His testimony was totally unbelievable. He blamed everybody else, everybody else was lying, it was all a conspiracy against him.”
“We know the difference 'tween right and wrong.”
Jurors made comment in a courthouse hallway after their unanimous guilty verdicts were announced against Daniel Hood, now convicted of all 11 child abuse charges. The jury of 7 men and 5 women heard evidence for one week, then deliberated a little more than one hour, before their decision yesterday afternoon, June 3, 2013.
Daniel Roger Hood, 43, faced the jury from the witness box last week to deny he was the one who took the incriminating video clips found on his cell phone. “It wasn’t easy to look at those videos,” one female juror commented late yesterday.
Prosecutor Keith Watanabe estimated that a dozen or so prospective jurors asked to be excused, immediately after learning they would be required to see video evidence of a 9-year-old girl being abused by an adult man, during jury selection.
The awful videos were taken in the mother’s rented home in Oceanside (identified by furniture in the room) in year 2011, when the woman lived there with her 9-year-old daughter and 41-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Hood.
Now 11 years old, the child currently stays with her father, who is an active-duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. The child testified for about an hour during trial, accompanied by her teddy bear.
The child’s father is expected to speak at the sentencing of the abuser, Daniel Hood, who could be sentenced to more than one hundred years prison. That hearing is set for July 1, 2013, before the Honorable Judge Blaine Bowman, in San Diego’s North County Courthouse.
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