SANTA CRUZ -- On the evening a 28-year-old pregnant woman went missing, she'd told her college friend she planned to ask the man she believed was the father of her child for a paternity test, a witness testified Wednesday in the murder trial of a former Ben Lomond man.I have read dozens of stories about this case, but this is the first that I have read that the real father was the victim's husband:
Michael McClish, 42, is charged with killing Joanna "Asha" Veil and her unborn baby. The two worked together at the Ben Lomond Market. Prosecutor Jeff Rosell has said the two also had a personal relationship and Veil believed McClish was the father of her child.
Experts have determined that Richard Veil was the father of the unborn baby, but Rosell maintains that McClish thought the baby could be his.This is going to be a long trial:
McClish's ex-wife is expected to be one of the 140 witnesses who will testify in McClish's trial, which will last until at least December.This murder took place 5 years ago. I assume that the evidence is very weak, or McClish would have been tried years ago. I don't think that they have any proof that McClish was having an affair with Asha, or was at the scene of the crime, or had the murder weapon, or anything like that. They mainly have this theory that Asha falsely accused McClish of paternity, so he killed her.
I commented before that McClish was convicted on a rape charge. It appeared to be that he was framed on the rape charge because the authorities believed that he was a murderer, but could not prove it.
I guess that we will finally get to see the evidence against McClish. I don't know why everyone has considered him a murderer for 5 years. He should be innocent until proven guilty.