We’re a full 10 days into the investigation, and the lips at the Sheriff’s Department remain laced up tighter than a Victorian corset.
From what we can gather, the 15-year-old from Santa Maria fell in with the wrong crowd at some point in the last year or so and underwent a significant change in look and personality — away from the image of a church-going Girl Scout and toward one of a trash-talking, hard-partying tough.
Still, whatever dark turn Dystiny chose, it will never justify or rationalize the taking of her life.
In the same way a rape victim is never in any shred to blame because she may have dressed provocatively, so also is a homicide victim never to blame for merely associating with a particular group of people, especially when that victim is a teenaged girl who may not have the wisdom to know better.
Not that we know whether she associated with the suspects or whether she even is in fact a homicide victim, two of many rather critical details that remain a mystery thanks to the hyper level of secrecy Pat Hedges and Co. are taking with this case.
Five people have been arrested and charged with murder, but that is all we’ve been told so far.
Those sketchy-looking 19- and 20-year-old dudes could have been her best pals as far as we know, partying with a girl whose MySpace page claimed she was 17.
It would be no far stretch to conjure a scenario of drinking and drugs that somehow ended in an accidental overdose followed by the crew’s freaked-out/strung-out attempt to dispose of the body in a ridiculously incompetent way.
Or, they may have been complete strangers who raped and killed Dystiny in cold blood.
What is the sheriff waiting for? Is it too much to ask for a news conference or two to answer some of the questions surrounding this gruesome case?
It sure didn’t take SLOPD very long to lay out the story against the kid accused of busting in and raping that Cal Poly student.
What was Dystiny’s cause of death? What did the initial coroner’s report show? Was she killed in Nipomo or Santa Margarita?
Did she know these guys? Where was she and what was she doing that night?
How did they catch the five suspects so fast? Why does one look like the subject of a blanket party?
In other words, what the hell happened? Or at least, what do you think happened?
I can’t recall a another similar high-profile case anywhere in the county in which we’ve known so little for so long.
And if the excuse is trying to protect the jury pool from undue publicity, that’s a stupid reason. Better to have a cohesive case released officially once, than a mish-mash of hearsay cobbled together from a range of sources over days or weeks.
With the election to pick his successor him less than a month away, the sheriff has a chance to wrap up his tenure on a solid note, and I’m sure there is plenty of laudable police work backing up this case.
But when will we know about it?
What do you think? Share your thoughts now?
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