Los Angeles, CA — On Wednesday, a jury at the courthouse downtown voted to convict Cameron Brown, 53, of first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old daughter in 2000. This is actually the third time the case has been presented to a jury, though as prosecutors pointed out, previous juries were divided not over the question of Brown’s guilt, but over the charge he should be convicted of.
Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum argued that Brown had deliberately thrown his daughter off of a cliff at Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes so that he would no longer have to pay child support. According to defense attorney Aaron Laub, Brown was guilty of the lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter for failing to prevent his daughter’s death when she played too close to the cliff’s edge. In 2006, 2 jurors voted to convict Brown of first-degree murder, 8 voted for second-degree murder, and 2 voted for manslaughter. In 2009, jurors split their votes between second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
According to this jury’s foreman, Greg Apodaca, one of the deciding factors was a trip to the spot where the girl, Lauren Brown, fell from the cliff. Jurors also heard expert testimony which stated that the Lauren’s injuries did not support the defense’s version of events.
Because jurors also found Brown to be guilty of the aggravating factors of lying in wait and killing for financial gain, he is likely to be sentenced to life in prison without parole when he returns to court in June. Laub, who in his closing statement described Brown as an unlikeable person and a lousy father, expressed his shock at the verdict, calling it unjust.
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Ceasar, Stephen. “Man found guilty of throwing 4-year-old daughter off cliff in 2000.” http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-cameron-brown-verdict-20150513-story.html. Los Angeles Times. 13 May 2015.