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« Reply #15 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 09:07am »

GUEVARA FREE ON ALL COUNTS//BUT ACQUITTAL LEAVES QUESTIONS ABOUT ABDUCTION UNANSWERED

Source: Jim George, Staff Writer
In a stunning rejection of the prosecution's case, a Dakota County jury acquitted Robert Joseph Guevara on all counts in connection with the June 1, 1992, disappearance of Corrine Erstad. The eight-woman, four-man jury wrestled with eight criminal counts facing Guevara for about 52 hours over a six-day period before returning not guilty verdicts on all counts at 9:15 p.m. Monday night. The verdict marked the second time in Minnesota history that murder charges had been brought

Published on April 6, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DOUBT BLOCKED PROSECUTION FIREPOWER

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
What the state had considered a complete arsenal of forensic firepower against Robert Guevara ultimately proved to be blank cartridges in the eyes of a hard-working jury. The state didn't have a corpus delicti - because 5-year-old Corrine Erstad hasn't been seen since June 1 - but it had what it thought was very persuasive physical evidence that Guevara had kidnapped, raped and murdered the little girl. The prosecution had items of clothing stained with what it claimed was

Published on April 6, 1993, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ROBERT GUEVARA ACQUITTED ON ALL COUNTS AFTER 6 DAYS

Source: Jim George, Staff Writer
In a stunning rejection of the prosecution's case, a Dakota County jury acquitted Robert Joseph Guevara of all counts in connection with the June 1, 1992 disappearance of Corrine Erstad. The eight-woman, four-man jury wrestled with eight criminal counts facing Guevara for about 52 hours over a six-day period before returning not guilty verdicts on all counts. The verdict marked the second time in Minnesota history that murder charges had been brought against a suspect without

Published on April 6, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FRIENDS, FAMILY, STRANGERS SHOCKED, PUZZLED BY VERDICT

Source: BYLINE: Tim Nelson, Staff Writer
Lori Brusoe leaned on her rake Tuesday, looked over the yard that Corrine Erstad disappeared from last summer and shook her head. "We're shocked, just like everybody else,'' Brusoe said of a Dakota County jury's decision on Monday to acquit Robert Guevara, the prime suspect in the case. "You just don't know how the judicial system works,'' said Brusoe, who lives in the house next to where Corrine's mother, Mona Williams, was virtually in

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 6A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA JURORS SAY DECISION TOUGH, BUT PROSECUTION DIDN'T PROVE ITS CASE

Source: BYLINE: Michele Cook, Staff Writer
Several jurors said Tuesday that deciding to free Robert Guevara was the toughest decision of their lives, but the prosecution did not prove its claim that the 25-year-old man kidnapped, raped and killed 5-year-old Corrine Erstad. "The problem is, the public didn't sit there like we did - there just wasn't enough there,'' said juror Kari L. Greenfield."Given the evidence, how it was presented, that was the decision we made,'' said juror Jeanne M.

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CORRINE'S CASE CLOSED, POLICE SAY//A HOUSEHOLD IS SUBTLY UNSETTLED BY `THE VERDICT'

Source: BYLINE: Joe Soucheray, Staff Columnist
After the verdict came in Monday evening, a shocking, seemingly unbelievable verdict, the house finally settled down about 11 p.m. It is a measure of the public drama conducted over the last six weeks in a Dakota County courtroom that it might be known simply as "the verdict,'' meaning, of course, the acquittal of Robert Guevara on all eight counts in connection with the June 1, 1992, disappearance of Corrine Erstad. In any house where the occupants believe themselves to be

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CORRINE'S CASE CLOSED, POLICE SAY//HOT LINE STILL OPEN, BUT NEW ACTION UNLIKELY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
With Robert Guevara's acquittal, police say they will reopen the investigation into Corrine Erstad's disappearance only if someone finds the child or compelling evidence of her presumed murder surfaces. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said there are no plans otherwise to reopen an investigation into the child's disappearance."We hope that someday Corrine will be found,'' the prosecutor said on Tuesday. "But in terms of starting an investigation,

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TORRES BECOMES TALK OF THE TOWN AFTER SUCCESSFUL GUEVARA DEFENSE//ATTORNEY WINS PRAISE

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Three months ago, J. Anthony Torres was a successful, yet relatively obscure local criminal defense attorney. Today, he's the talk of the town.TorresMove over Doug Thomson, Ron Meshbesher and Phillip Resnick - three of the most high-profile defense lawyers in the Twin Cities legal circle. A new star may have been born in Torres, who'll probably have a batch of newfound clients on the doorstep of his Richfield law office sometime soon.Torres' successful defense of

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 6A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FREED GUEVARA PLANS NEW LIFE IN ANOTHER STATE//FAMILY FEARS REPRISAL DESPITE SON'S ACQUITTAL

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Robert Joseph Guevara will be starting a new life outside the state of Minnesota, his attorney J. Anthony Torres said Tuesday.While Guevara is a free man, Torres says his client knows not everyone thinks he's an innocent man. For that reason, Torres said Guevara fears for his safety and soon will relocate and start anew. "I think that's the most obvious conclusion: Bob should start his life over somewhere else other than Minnesota,'' Torres said. "For no other

Published on April 7, 1993, Page 6A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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A YOUNG MOTHER WAS ON TRIAL HERE

Source: BYLINE: Katherine Lanpher, Staff Columnist
Well, I hope we all learned our lesson from the Robert Guevara trial. If you are a young mother and your daughter has disappeared and the helicopters are overhead and the largest search in the state's history is underway for your 5-year-old, your little girl with brown curls and silly songs, please remember what's really important: Don't wear a halter top. While you're at it, don't wear makeup, don't wear cut-off shorts. If you are in shock and find it

Published on April 8, 1993, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 09:16am »

After this judical tragedy new legislation was passed in MN allowing attornies and witnesses to explain the accuracy of DNA evidence.
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UNLESS GUEVARA CAST CLEANS UP ACT, MORE TRAGEDY TO FOLLOW

Source: BYLINE: Nick Coleman, Columnist
Driving home on the day after the verdict in the Guevara trial, I had a chilling thought: Somewhere out there, Robert Guevara is a free man. Free to come and go as he pleases, free to walk the streets. And free to drive them. For the first time since I heard that Guevara had been acquitted of kidnap, rape and murder in the disappearance of Corrine Erstad, I was worried for the safety of my children. But I wasn't worried that Robert Guevara might kidnap my kids. I was worried that he

Published on April 8, 1993, Page 11A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JUSTICE WASN'T SERVED, MONA WILLIAMS SAYS MISSING GIRL'S MOTHER HAD PLANNED TO SUE GUEVARA'S LAWYER FOR SLANDER

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Mona Williams, who Friday chastised the jury that acquitted Robert Guevara in her daughter's disappearance, had planned to sue Guevara's attorney, J. Anthony Torres, for slander had there been a conviction.Jim Lord, the Wayzata attorney who has been the Williams' family counsel, confirmed Friday that the family had given him approval to "shop around'' for a defamation specialist prior to Monday's jury verdict. "We had contracted with an expert to bring

Published on April 10, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA FAMILY SAY THEY STILL FACE SIEGE FATHER CONTENDS PHONES ARE TAPPED, ASSAILS MEDIA FOR 'FEEDING FRENZY'

Source: BYLINE: Julio Ojeda-Zapata and Theresa Monsour, Staff Writers
The family of Robert Joseph Guevara said Friday they have been under siege from law enforcement officials and the media since a Dakota County jury acquitted him of rape, kidnapping and murder charges. They also criticized Mona Williams, mother of the missing 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, for her "continued allegations of (Guevara's) guilt. ''Williams chastised the jury in a news conference earlier Friday. "We have forgotten very quickly that he has been tried by his

Published on April 10, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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OPEN DOORS, REACH OUT TO HEAL, READER URGES COMMUNITIES OF FAITH

These thoughts came after I read, once again, the ongoing saga of Corrine Erstad's ordeal and the mystery and pain that have followed. I also read about a small boy beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, and about the two young boys killed in an Irish Republican Army bombing.In the midst of this Easter Vigil and Passover time, I am aching inside for all the children who suffer. It is difficult to find any peace. I tried to think of how a God could witness these

Published on April 10, 1993, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CORRINE'S CASE IS CLOSED, BUT THE MEDIA BAND PLAYS ON

Source: BYLINE: Katherine Lanpher, Staff Columnist
In case you missed the 15 minutes of your favorite soap opera that didn't make it to the screen Friday afternoon, Dominique was rushed to the hospital, Karen lost her college scholarship and Ned struggled to convince Julia that he no longer loves Jenny.That was on "General Hospital.'' Meanwhile, back on "As the Press Conferences Turn,'' Robert headed for Disneyworld after his dramatic acquittal, Mona said she still believes Robert killed her child, and Jerry

Published on April 11, 1993, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) _________________________________________
PUBLIC'S RUSH TO JUDGE THE GUEVARA JURY SIGN OF GROWING DISDAIN FOR LEGAL SYSTEM

Source: BYLINE: D.J. Tice, Editorial Writer
Of all the signs of decay in American culture, none is more unsettling than the erosion of respect for our courts and our fastidiously fair process of justice. Enraged by crime, divided by race and class, confused by the politicization of the judiciary over abortion and other matters in recent years, the American public is seized today by a distrust of the courts that almost amounts to what Linco ln called "the mobocratic spirit.''It is the one genuine threat, Lincoln said,

Published on April 14, 1993, Page 12A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HOUSE PROPOSAL MAKES STATISTICS ABOUT DNA TESTING ADMISSIBLE

Source: BYLINE: Associated Press
Lawyers could use statistics about the accuracy of DNA evidence, a controversial issue at the recent Robert Guevara murder trial, under a measure passed by a House committee Wednesday. "A jury is entitled to see the whole picture,'' said co-sponsor Rep. Charlie Weaver, IR-Anoka. Weaver said the measure is not a response to Guevara's acquittal in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad.Prosecutors in that case argued that DNA evidence in blood

Published on April 15, 1993, Page 3D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DNA ISSUE CAUSES LEGAL RIFT//COURTS, LEGISLATURE BATTLE OVER CONSTITUTIONAL JURISDICTION

Source: BYLINE: Virginia Rybin, Staff Writer
A constitutional fight over who determines what evidence is admissible in Minnesota courts could be looming as prosecutors seek legislative approval to expand the use of DNA statistics.Prosecutors say such evidence is vitally important in getting convictions in some rape, murder and other felony cases. Defense lawyers contend that mind-boggling "one in 20 million'' types of statistical evidence overwhelms juries and leads to unfair guilty verdicts. State law now says

Published on April 19, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 17th, 2005, 06:48am »

Thinking of Corrine today on her birthday. May her family, friends and those searching for her find answers for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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« Reply #18 on: May 29th, 2005, 11:14pm »

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS - Corrine Erstad would be an 18-year-old woman now, but her father can only imagine what might have been.

Jim Erstad continues to be haunted by his little girl's mysterious disappearance 13 years ago. "I'd like to be with her. I'd like to see her. I know she would have been beautiful," he said.

In a highly publicized case, Corrine was abducted from her Inver Grove Heights home on June 1, 1992, when she was 5 years old. She is presumed to be dead, but her body has never been found and nobody has been convicted of the crime.

Former family friend Robert Guevara was acquitted in a sensational trial, and the lack of closure has eaten away at the girl's family.

Jim Erstad can't bear to have pictures of Corrine at his home in Savage and rarely talks about her with his two sons.

Corrine's mother, Mona Williams, called 911 on that fateful day to report that her daughter was missing. A massive search and $500,000 investigation turned up a bloodstained sun dress in a storage locker rented by Guevara, but no body.

A jury in 1993 acquitted Guevara of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges, largely because Corrine's body was not found.

Corrine's family has struggled to deal with the grief.

Her parents were divorced long before Corrine was abducted. Jim Erstad has multiple sclerosis and lives on Social Security disability payments. Williams lives out of state with her husband and rarely talks to Erstad.

Corrine's older brothers, 21-year-old Jacob and 19-year-old Danny, have been in and out of trouble. Both lived with their father for a while before leaving after clashes over house rules. Danny lives with friends in Oregon and Jacob, his father said, "is basically homeless. Sometimes he sleeps in my car if I leave the garage unlocked."

When the Erstad men do get together, talk rarely turns toward Corrine.

"Part of the reason we don't bring her up a lot is we don't need the pain," Jim Erstad said. "We've got enough."

Corrine's family members aren't the only ones still pained by the case. Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Chuck Kleckner was a sergeant at the time of the disappearance and said he wants the case closed "before I leave the department."

"It was a tough thing to go through, for the officers, for the family and the whole city, for that matter," Kleckner said. "Periodically, we'll get tips. They are generally few and far between at this point. If we get any tips or leads, we're going to follow up on it."

That's all Jim Erstad can ask as he hopes to one day find out what really happened to his little girl. Meanwhile, the struggle to deal with the grief continues.

"Grief is grief," he said. "If you've got a chunk out of your leg, you might not think about it all the time. But you're going to walk funny. You're going to limp."

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« Reply #19 on: May 31st, 2005, 11:17pm »

Thinking of Corrine today on this unforunate anniversary of her disappearance. Hoping they can loacte her soon. I know she is loved and missed by many.

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« Reply #20 on: Feb 17th, 2006, 6:29pm »

Happy birthday to Corrine Erstad. May she be found soon. She's still missing but not forgotten.

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« Reply #21 on: Sep 13th, 2013, 8:12pm »

may justice be served soon!!!! This story will live on forever! I feel bad for Corrine's two older brothers who continue to live this nightmare ever day of their lives. cry cry
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