Thursday, March 18, 2004

TV ex-anchor testifies in soldier's case



The Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - During the trial of a husband charged in the death of his missing wife, a former television anchor told how she discovered a human jawbone that was mailed to her station.

Also in Tuesday's proceedings, Montgomery County Circuit Judge John Gasaway allowed dental records to be introduced into evidence to link the jawbone to Army Sgt. Laura Cecere, 25. She was last seen Dec. 6, 1996, when she left for a Wal-Mart with her husband, Max P. Roybal, 46, who is charged with first-degree murder.

Seven months later, her jawbone was found inside a Tupperware container mailed to Susanna Martinez at WKAG in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Cecere was not declared dead until Aug. 1, 1997, and the rest of her body was never found.

Roybal was not arrested until July 2001 when he was charged with the deaths of both his wife and fiancee Karen Anderson, who died in 1994. The trials were split, and Roybal was acquitted in Anderson's death in March 2002.

Prosecutors have said they cannot prove where or how Cecere died, so they are basing their case against Roybal on motive.

Cecere's mother, Sandra, testified that Roybal received insurance payoffs, which also were split with family members.




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