TRUELOVE: “She said she was ready to proceed but she said she had blown off calls from our office and that she wasn't ready to deal with it she wanted justice but she wasn't ready to go forward at that time."
The victim was called to the stand and claimed that Investigator Dominic told her about the DNA match for the first time in March 2011. She was asked under oath if "from 2006 to 2011 were you contacted by anyone from the District Attorney's office?" and said “no."
She admits not attending a June 2011 meeting at the D.A.’s Office following her meeting with Investigator Dominic but she also stated under oath that she would have “cooperated" with the prosecution and "testified" at trial.
"I was lucky, I got in contact with her and she was ready to go forward at that time,” A.D.A. Truelove said of her first dealings with the victim in January 2012. “C.J. Dominic from our office began working on it and luckily we got a conviction and there's justice years later but, although she wanted justice, it took her years to be prepared to go forward with what was going to be ahead of her."
What About The CODIS (DNA) Hit?
When asked if she knew why this case sat in the office since 2006 with a CODIS hit on it, A.D.A. Truelove told 13WHAM News that “it was a sealed case, investigation, it got into my hands in January and we began working it in the spring of last year.”
QUESTION: "But despite this CODIS hit you don't know why it sat for five years?”
TRUELOVE: “But a CODIS hit you also need to have the victim's cooperation and you need to have a comparison and we didn't have that until last spring.”
QUESTION: “Right and there were no efforts to go get that comparison?”
TRUELOVE: “In regards to that comparison I don't know. I took over in January. But I know that without having a cooperating victim you can't do anything."
Where Was Ronell McFadden between 2006 & 2012?