Prosecutors, Defense Sifting Through Evidence in Leila Fowler Murder Case

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CALAVERAS COUNTY–

12-year-old homicide suspect Isiah Fowler, draped in a jacket covering his face, was led into the Calaveras County courtroom today. His father and brother continued to show support for the preteen, accused of killing his younger sister, 8-year-old Leila.

“The family has been through hell, it’s hard to imagine it could get worse for them. The more I get to know them, the more respect I have for them, for the grace their showing in this unimaginable situation,” says Isiah’s defense lawyer, Steve Plesser.

Today’s goal was to look ahead, and work to set a trial date.

“Our client is twelve, we want to get to trial as soon as possible,” says Plesser.

Both prosecutors and Fowler’s defense team say they’ll spend the next seven weeks sifting through evidence. Some of that discovery evidence, Isiah’s attorney’s say, they’ve yet to see.

“We were told two-thousand hours of law enforcement resources was spent on this case. We know that hundreds of those hours were spent by the FBI agents; we have yet to see a single document generated by the FBI,” says Plesser.

And as for what the defense is calling “the true suspect”? Plesser says his investigative team is tracking what prosecutors have missed.

“Law enforcement has generated some suspects We are aware of most of those suspects that they’ve looked at. We have additional suspects that we are looking at,” says Plesser.

Isiah Fowler is set to be back in court on September 18.

Both sides say they are working hard to make sure this case does go to trial before the end 2013.

Katie Hackett filed this report.

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