As Hilarie bled out, Ray said, the suspects went downstairs, pulled their car to the front of the apartment and began stealing the dead man's Xbox, i Phone and TVs -- valuables Bustos had spotted the night before.
A witness told investigators that Bustos had been involved in at least one similar robbery before, Ray told The Post.
"She is not going to be convicted by science." Prosecutors alleged Leavell-Keaton poisoned Natalie with anti-freeze in December 2009 after Natalie had given her "the cold shoulder." Leavell-Keaton disapproved of John De Blase's grandmother referring to Natalie as "princess," Rich said.So, she severed their relationship, which caused Natalie to ignore her.Leavell-Keaton and John De Blase put the child in the bathtub with a pillow and a tarp and then in the closet, Rich said.The day Natalie died, March 20, 2010, she was "screaming like she was stabbed with a knife," and John De Blase came home to find her unresponsive.Hagan testified that Leavell-Keaton told her in a police interview John De Blase punches walls and didn't let her leave the house.
"If he couldn't have her, no one would," Keaton said, citing what Leavell-Keaton told her.
Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.
"When it came to sports, he was always the number one pick," Jackson said. We don't put our kids in them." Nobody was more important to Hilarie than his daughter, Lajaya, he said. "That was his world." Jackson said he didn't know how long his brother and Bustos had been talking on Plenty Of Fish.
"Well, we know where sissy was," Rich said." She was in the woods.
She was dead." Leavell-Keaton, who was pregnant with John De Blaze's child at the time, dosed Chase with the anti-freeze, Rich said.
"He said he did have two children, he said they were still back in Alabama, and that he was going to go get them," she said.