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Pamela Vitale Murder-1.


From: Solitairea1
Date: October 30, 2005
Time: 02:44 AM


http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/12915152.htm Saturday, Oct 29, 2005   email this     print this    Posted on Sun, Oct. 16, 2005       R E L A T E D   L I N K S      Forum: The Pamela Vitale slaying     Forum: The Susan Polk case   Wife of attorney representing homicide defendant Polk killed LAFAYETTE - The wife of the attorney representing homicide defendant Susan Polk was found dead in her home Saturday night, presenting a new twist in a case that has already attracted national attention. Pamela Vitale, a 52-year-old woman who had worked as a high-tech executive, was found dead at 6 p.m. by her husband, Daniel Horowitz, in their home at 1901 Hunsaker Canyon Road in Lafayette, said sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. Investigators would not comment on the cause of death, although they called it "violent." The home where she died sits at the end of a mile-long driveway near the top of the hills between Lafayette and Walnut Creek in a neighborhood with large, private estates. Early Sunday morning, two police cars were posted at the bottom of the dark driveway but no activity could be seen beyond the 6-foot-tall iron gates. Lee said authorities were looking for suspects and a motive. Horowitz, 50, is representing Polk, who is accused of murder in the October 2002 stabbing death of her husband in the poolhouse of their Orinda home. He took Polk's case in August on what was supposed to be the first day of trial when she was attempting to represent herself in Contra Costa County Superior Court. The Polk case is only the most recent of homicide cases taken on by Horowitz, an Oakland-based criminal defense attorney with 14 death penalty cases behind him. Polk's trial began Tuesday as Horowitz told the jury that the 47-year-old Orinda woman was defending herself and had no intention of killing her 70-year-old husband when she stabbed him to death. Prosecutors allege she attacked her husband, whom she had met decades earlier when he was her therapist, in a planned slaying to get money. The couple's divorce was pending. It's unclear what will happen with the Polk case given the death of Horowitz's wife Saturday. Colleagues were stunned by the news but reticent to comment. "Our thoughts are with Dan," said Valerie Harris, a defense investigator for the Polk case who has been working with Horowitz. Reached by cell phone Saturday evening, Horowitz declined to comment. Reporter Bruce Gerstman covers courts and has been following the Polk trial. Reach him at 925-952-2670 or bgerstman@cctimes.com.      email this     print this   

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