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Monday, Jan 07 2013 06:04 PM

Retrial begins for defendant in Dorothy Session beating death case

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

The retrial of 19-year-old Angelique Nash on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the beating death of an elderly woman began Monday morning.

A jury in November deadlocked 10-2, with 10 voting Nash guilty of the crime.

Nash's sister, Katila Nash, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. And David Deshawn Moses, who actually hit 81-year-old Dorothy Session, was given life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Session's death shocked local residents after she was found badly beaten in her east Bakersfield home April 14, 2010. The coroner's office found that Session died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Moses was 20 years old at sentencing, and Katila Nash was 17.

Prosecutors have said the three were looking for an empty home to burglarize and thought they had found one when they came upon Session's residence in the 1500 block of Camino Sierra. Prosecutors said they unexpectedly found Session home, and Moses beat her because they didn't want to leave a witness.

- The Californian

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