The Prosecution


TIMELINE FOR INJUSTICE FOR SIX CALIFORNIA WOMEN

 

Robbin Brandley

ANDREW URDIALES MURDERED EIGHT YOUNG WOMEN; FIVE IN CALIFORNIA AND THREE ILLINOIS. HE ATTEMPTED TO MURDER ANOTHER CALIFORNIA WOMAN BUT SHE ESCAPED. URDIALES CONFESSED FREELY TO ALL THE MURDERS AND CRIMES. URDIALES IS A SOCIOPATH WHO SCOFFS AT LAW AND SOCIETY.

TODAY URDIALES SITS IN AN ILLINOIS PRISON. HE HAS LAWYERS, FAMILY, FOOD, CLOTHES, A WARM, DRY PLACE TO SLEEP, MEDICAL TREATMENT AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, NO FEAR OF EVER RECEIVING CALIFORNIA JUSTICE FOR HIS HENIOUS MURDERS AND CRIMES.

1986       ROBBIN BRANDLEY                       MURDERED
1988       MARY ANN WELLS                          RAPED & MURDERED
1988       JULIE MCGHEE                               RAPED & MURDERED
1989       TAMMY ERWIN                                 RAPED & MURDERED
1992       JENNIFER ASBENSON                  BEATEN, RAPED, ATTEMPTED MURDER
1995       DENISE MANEY                               RAPED & MURDERED
                                 ALL ABOVE CALIFORNIA VICTIMS

1996       LAURA UYLAKI                                 RAPED & MURDERED
                CASSANDRA CORUM                     RAPED & MURDERED
                LYNN HUBER                                   RAPED & MURDERED
                                 ALL ABOVE ILLINOIS VICTIMS

1997 URDIALES ARRESTED AND FREELY CONFESSES TO ALL MURDERS
2002 URDIALES RECEIVES ILLINOIS DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDERS OF LYNN HUBER AND LAURA UYLAKI
2003 ILLINOIS GOV. RYAN ISSUES MASS COMMUTATION FOR ALL MURDERERS ON ILLINOIS DEATH ROW. URDIALES SAVED
2004 URDIALES RECEIVES SECOND ILLINOIS DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF CASSANDRA CORUM
2008 A CALIF. SENIOR ASST ATTORNEY GENERAL STATES URDIALES MUST GO THROUGH THE ILLINOIS APPEALS PROCESS BEFORE CALIFORNIA WILL EXTRADITE HIM TO CALIFORNIA – EXPECT 10 YEARS MINIMUM
  HE ALSO STATES THAT IT WILL TAKE 20+ YEARS FOR CALIFORNIA TO COMPLETE TRIALS AND APPEALS
2018 CALIFORNIA EXTRADITES URDIALES – (SPECULATION)
2038 URDIALES APPEALS END – (SPECULATION)

52 YEARS FROM ROBBIN’S MURDER TO END OF URDIALES’ CALIFORNIA APPEALS
41 YEARS FROM URDIALES’ CONFESSION TO END OF HIS CALIFORNIA APPEALS

JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
FOR ALL SIX CALIFORNIA WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES
THIS IS A LEGAL CRIME AGAINST VICTIMS

 

The Confession and Prosecution

  • Finally, in 1997, Andrew Urdiales unexpectedly confessed to murdering Robbin and four other California women. This was a total surprise to the Sheriff. Law enforcement was caught flat footed, and the confession created a problem for the cover-up. The Sheriff and District Attorney Offices now had to follow up and act interested.
  • Sheriff Gates told us that Robbin’s murder was a “robbery gone wrong.” This statement falls into the category of “s..t happens,” --- unexplainable fate, there is nothing you can do about it. Gates was attempting to short circuit any questioning of the crime or suspects to keep the cover-up intact. The facts do not support the lie:
    • Urdiales clearly states in his confession that robbery was not the reason for the crime – Robbin was the target.
    • Urdiales was a cautious murderer. His method of operation was to kidnap his victims, take them to an isolated place, rape and rob them, then murder them with a gun.
    • It is highly unlikely Urdiales could passionately stab Robbin, a stranger, over 40 times, a strenuous effort, while she struggled.
    • It is highly unlikely a cautious Urdiales would commit a murder that took some time, within a short distance of an auditorium where concert attendees were walking to their cars in the parking lot.
    • Robbin was murdered by her car which was parked with other cars. Her car was not parked in an isolated location on the parking lot.

 

  • Urdiales uses the word “we” while describing Robbin’s murder. He does not use “we” in any of his seven other confessions. Although the Sheriff and District Attorney offices know of the confession, they do not follow up on who “we” refers to --- Urdiales says exactly what he means, the “we” is not a delusional reference.
  • We believe Urdiales participated in the murder. He held Robbin while another assailant, probably the female student, stabbed Robbin repeatedly. Recall, Urdiales, a small man, preferred and used a gun in all this other murders; a gun is an impersonal weapon that does not have the danger and uncertainty of a knife attack.
  • Urdiales was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. He was questioned by the MP gate guards about the blood on his clothes. He said he hurt himself fixing his car. He was sent to the infirmary.
  • Robbin’s murder was a headline story in So. Calif. newspapers, radio and television. We think the Marine police made inquiries with the Sheriff and/or DA, but received no positive response or a follow-up.
  • Brad Gates, then Sheriff, told us that Orange County would file first to get Urdiales first.
  • About two weeks after Sheriff Gates’ visit with us, two of his detectives, Moreno and Blackburn, visited our home. They had questioned Urdiales in Chicago and brought back blood samples from him.
  • Obtaining blood samples was a surprise to us since Detective Moreno, the detective replacing Stephany, told us previously that there was no physical evidence of the murderer at the crime scene. Over 40 stab wounds while Robbin fought to defend herself – no blood, no skin, no fingernail scrapings, no hair, no spittle or fluids … nothing? Improbable if not impossible. And the detectives let the water sprinklers come on --- unbelievable!
  • Moreno noticed Genelle’s surprise and stated that all the different blood at the scene would be tested soon. We asked to be appraised of the results, Moreno agreed. We wanted to know whose blood was at the scene. We never heard from her again.
  • In 1998, during a DA’s meeting with then-prosecutor, Carolyn Kirkwood, we asked if Urdiales was a suspect during the 1986 investigation, ten years prior. Had the Sheriff or DA been tipped off by the Marines? We also asked if other blood, besides Robbin’s and Urdiales’ was at the scene; we were following up on Moreno’s comment about all the different blood at the scene.
  • Kirkwood became very flustered and agitated, crossing her arms across her chest defensively, her voice changing pitch, she exclaimed, “Oh, we can’t give out that information!” Her associates looked at her with surprise and bewilderment.
  • We believe we hit a raw nerve, something was wrong with the investigation. Something was seriously wrong with the physical evidence. Our suspicions of a cover-up began to harden.
  • In 2003, Jack Reilley traveled to Chicago to testify during the penalty phase of the Urdiales trial for two murders. Urdiales received the death sentence. His sentence was commutated to life without parole by Governor Ryan as part of a cynical mass commutation of all death row prisoners.
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  • Prior to the sentence phase of the first trial, the defense attorney asked Genelle to plead for Urdiales’ life. If she did, he would tell us all he knew about Robbin’s murder. His inference was that there was more to the crime. Unfortunately, we refused.
  • When we told Gundy about the Chicago defense offer, he became agitated, shouting, “he told you that” while rising from his chair. He then said that “maybe he will be murdered,” we think he was referring to Urdiales.
  • We explained our murder theory to prosecutor Gundy. His response: “you may just be right, Mrs. Reilley, you may just be right.”
  • Urdiales was tried for a third murder in downstate Illinois and again received a death sentence. He is now in the appeals process.
  • In 2003, while talking to Gundy, Genelle was told that Urdiales would not be tried for Robbin’s murder. Gundy said: “we are not trying him for your daughter’s murder!” Genelle said in disbelief and shock: “what did you say?” Gundy repeated: “we are not trying him for your daughter’s murder.” Genelle said: “you are not trying him for Robbin’s murder?” Gundy said: “NO.” Genelle asked why. Gundy said: “because the physical evidence at the scene of the crime is not Urdiales’. He will be tried in San Diego for the other four murders.” Genelle said: “send Robbin’s case down there, we will go anywhere.” Gundy said he would get back with us. Seventeen years after Robbin’s murder, we discover that the Sheriff and District Attorney had lied to us for six years; they led us to believe that they had the evidence, the confession, everything needed for a successful prosecution.
  • Gundy said Urdiales would be tried in San Diego County for the four other California murders.
  • We concluded from the lack of Urdiales evidence at the scene that Urdiales did not wield the knife; therefore his blood may not be at the scene. Question: whose blood, or other DNA evidence, is at the scene? Why the big secret about evidence? The conclusion is that the facts of the murder were being covered-up.
  • Some time later, Genelle was called by an assistant for a downstate Illinois state’s attorney trying Urdiales for a third murder in that state. She asked if we would testify at the sentence hearing. Genelle refused, stating that Gundy did not believe Urdiales was at Robbin’s murder scene.
  • The assistant was dumbfounded. Genelle told her that we were going to the media. The assistant said she would contact Gundy for an explanation.
  • Gundy called Genelle a couple of days later. He said we had misunderstood him. Genelle said no we didn’t because she had Gundy state twice that Urdiales would not be prosecuted by Orange County and Genelle repeated it back to him once.
  • After this, we began to notice unmistakable evidence that we were being harassed  to make us back off, to be quite.
  • Orange County immediately consolidated all five California murders into one prosecution. Gundy now effectively controlled the non-prosecution of Robbin’s murder.
  • During a meeting with Gundy, he assured us that Urdiales would be extradited as soon as possible, he actually stated in an LA Times article “within three years,” and, he told us that the governors of California and Illinois would agree that Urdiales would not return to Illinois, he would receive his punishment in California. This was a lie.
  • Gundy stated in a 2007 Orange County newspaper article that extraditing Urdiales is “more trouble than it is worth.” He disparaged victims in general, calling them “poor folks” who deny reality. He said victims do not understand how hard it is for prosecutors.
  • As it now stands, three District Attorneys refuse to extradite Urdiales. The Senior Assistant State Attorney General agrees with them. Final California justice for Robbin and four other young women, if it ever comes, will take fifty-two years after Robbin’s murder.
  • The original purpose for the cover-up in no longer appropriate 23 years after Robbin’s murder. It is time to end the harassment of the Reilleys. It is time to prosecute Urdiales.
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