FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Military attorneys on Thursday repeatedly objected to evidence and witness testimony in the case of a soldier accused of brutally mutilating his teenage wife, bringing to a crawl a murder trial that was expected to last only five days.
The government in the past four days has presented more than 10 witnesses – evidence specialists, family and mental health workers – as its builds its case against Spc. Brandon Bare, accused in the death of Nabila Bare, 18, at this Army post south of Tacoma.
The young woman was found in the couple’s kitchen on July 12, 2005, a pentagram carved into her stomach and stabbed at least 71 times, including with a meat cleaver that remained in her neck.
Bare, 20, of Wilkesboro, N.C., is charged with premeditated murder and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors contend Bare planned to kill his wife and had been scanning Web sites for pentagrams. On Thursday, the government attempted to show a military jury Internet sites it said he visited before the killing in search of such diagrams.
Lead prosecutor Capt. Scott DiRocco was allowed to submit what the government says was Bare’s page on MySpace.com, a social networking Web site where users can chat with friends and list their interests.
The page shows serial killers Richard Ramirez and Charles Manson as people the user would like to meet.
In interviews with investigators, Bare said he’d thought about strangling Nabila Bare, and had thought of Ramirez, the Los Angeles “Night Stalker” convicted of 13 murders.
Army special agent Patrick Rasmussen testified that only a person with Bare’s username and password would have been able to enter information under his MySpace profile.
Bare apparently last visited the site July 11, 2005, one day before the killing.
Surprisingly his MySpace is still up. And sure enough, he describes himself as a Dark Neo-Pagan Witch and anti-social. His favorite books are The Satanic Bible, Nocturnal WitchCraft, Gothic Grimoire, A-Z encyclopedia of Serial Killers, and oddly enough The Bible. And in fact, he does list Richard Ramirez and Charles Manson as his heroes.
If that isn’t relative evidence I don’t know what is.