The Marin County District Attorney’s Office is expected to finish presenting its case Monday afternoon against a teen accused of shooting at a romantic rival after celebrity chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri testifies about his stolen 2008 Lamborghini.
Fieri’s testimony is expected to be brief—an after-dinner mint to the evidence presented by Deputy District Attorney Yvette Martinez since Oct. 4.
Max Wade, 19, is on trial for the theft of Fieri’s car as well as two counts of attempted murder of a classmate who had rejected him romantically and her then-boyfriend.
Prosecutor Yvette Martinez told the Marin County Superior Court jury earlier this month Wade stole the the yellow $200,000 car during a “Mission Impossible” style burglary of a British Motors dealership in San Francisco on March 8, 2011, to impress Eva Dedier, now 19, with whom he was infatuated.
Dedier, however, was dating Landon Wahlstrom, one of Wade’s former classmates.
The next year Wade carried a plan to kill his romantic rival and the girl who spurned him that was sophisticated and premeditated, Martinez said.
On April 13,2012, Wade, dressed in black from head to toe, including gloves and a helmet with a Bilt visor, allegedly pulled his motorcycle alongside Wahlstrom, now 20, and Dedier in Wahlstrom’s parked Dodge truck in Mill Valley, Martinez told the jury.
Wade fired five shots at them through the driver’s window from a .38 caliber revolver, Martinez said.
The two teens ducked and were not hit by the bullets. Dedier said the shooter looked directly at her and paused before he took the gun out of his waistband and fired, Martinez said.
Wade was arrested on April 28, 2012, at a storage facility in Richmond where Marin County sheriff’s detectives found the Lamborghini, his Honda motorcycle, the black clothing and the distinct Bilt visor
In his opening statement, defense attorney Charles Dresow told the panel Wade’s DNA was not on or in the clothing in the storage facility, and there was no gunshot residue on the clothes or the gloves.
Dresow disputed the prosecution’s assertion the shootings were premeditated. He said Dedier and Wahlstrom said Wade could not have known they were together at Wahlstrom’s Mill Valley home the evening before and the day of the shootings. Dresow said there is no evidence Wade followed them there the night before.
“Where is the premeditation evidence?” Dresow asked.
Dresow also said there was DNA on the revolver from “multiple contributors,” and none matched Wade’s DNA.
“This case is more about the evidence the district attorney can’t show than what they can show,” Dresow said.
Both the shooting and the Lamborghini theft happened, but they weren’t committed by Wade, Dresow said.
“I will ask you to return not guilty verdicts on all counts,” Dresow said.
The defense is expected to present its witnesses Monday afternoon.
James Lanaras, Bay City News