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Tuesday, Apr 20 2010 06:34 PM

Reports: Teen murder suspects admit going into woman's home to steal

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Katila Nash, Angelique Nash, and David Moses, arraigned on murder charges in the beating death of Dorothy Session.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Lisa White, mother of Angelique and Katila Nash, breaks down outside the courtroom following the arraignment of her daughters and David Moses in the beating death of 81-year-old Dorothy Session.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Lisa White, mother of Angelique and Katila Nash, fights back tears as she talks to the media outside the courtroom following the arraignment of her daughters and David Moses in the beating death of 81-year-old Dorothy Session.

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BY STEVE E. SWENSON, Californian staff writer sswenson@bakersfield.com

All three teen suspects in the brutal murder of an 81-year-old east Bakersfield woman went into her home intending to steal and the male suspect repeatedly hit the victim because she kept making noises, according to sheriff's investigation reports released Tuesday.

The suspects -- David Moses, 17, Angelique Nash, 17, and Katila Nash, 15, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with the special circumstance of murder during a burglary.

The special circumstance means a conviction can put the suspects in prison for the rest of their lives, prosecutor David Wilson said.

Both Moses and Angelique admitted to two people what happened April 14 in the home of Dorothy Pauline Session, a church-going woman who liked to grow gardens and bake cookies for children and widows like herself.

The accounts by Moses and Angelique, coming as both they and Katila were crying and expressing sorrow for what happened, were made shortly after Session was brutally beaten about her head, according to a probable cause statement -- a two-page account that so far is the only public official report on the crime.

While Moses apparently was the only one who hit Session, Angelique admitted going inside with Moses and her sister to steal, and Angelique quoted Katila as saying after she came out of the house, "We didn't get anything," the reports say.

The crime of burglary can be committed if people go into a building to steal, even if nothing is stolen, according to the Penal Code.

Angelique told Nefertiti Patterson that Moses told her that he kept punching Session because she kept making sounds, the reports say. Moses told Patterson that he thought Session was "still alive" when he left.

It is unknown if Patterson is related to Moses, but the name of Moses' mother is Brinda Patterson.

On the day of the attack, all three suspects went to the home of Darontrell Gage, who lives with Nefertiti Patterson. Gage gave this account, the reports say:

Moses told him he and the girls went into the house to steal things. Once inside, they were confronted by the woman. Moses told Gage that he hit the woman and knocked her down.

At that point, Angelique went outside the house but Katila stayed with him as he hit the woman more.

As Moses told Gage what happened, he and the girls were upset and crying.

Even before investigators learned of the admissions, two people called the Secret Witness line and identified the suspects by name, the reports say. A neighbor of Session was shown photographs of the suspects and confirmed those were the people he saw in the area of Session's home that day, the reports say.

The accounts in the investigation reports were different from what other relatives have said Katila told them, according to media reports. In Katila's version, Moses had trouble breathing after smoking a "blunt" -- marijuana rolled like a cigar.

Katila said she and Moses went into Session's home to call a friend, but when Katila began calling a friend, Moses got paranoid and started hitting Session. In Katila's version, there was no intent to steal.

Lisa White, the mother of Katila and Angelique, came to court Tuesday along with the father of the girls, Floyd Nash, and other members of Nash's family. Nash left without commenting, but White broke down in tears saying that her "kids were really backed into it" and were very remorseful for what happened. She said her children were "with the wrong person at the wrong time."

Further hearings in the case were set for July 7 and 8. The suspects were ordered held in custody without bail.

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