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The Trial of "Sandy" (in absentia)


The People of the State of California, Plaintiff,
vs.
J. C. Reed, Jr., James Coleman, and John Doe aka "Sandy", Defendants



This is the actual transcript of the trial in 1963 which technically included "Sandy" as one of the defendants,
so this transcript has been dubbed The Trial of "Sandy" (in absentia).


According to Reed and Coleman, "Sandy" murdered Vern C. Smith who died on Monday, June 3, 1963.


The next day, Robert George Domingos and Linda Faye Edwards were killed by an unknown perpetrator.


"Sandy" was immediately considered to be the prime suspect by the investigators and a statewide search was launched,
but "Sandy" was never apprehended.


Years later, in 1972, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department announced that there was
"considerable evidence" that the Zodiac may have been the killer of Domingos and Edwards.


Was the individual who was known as "Sandy" in 1963 the same person who later became known as the Zodiac?


Whether or not "Sandy" is the Zodiac, the identity of "Sandy" is an unsolved true crime mystery.



To begin reading the transcript, click here


"Sandy" (Clark version) or "Sandy" (Straub version)


To skip to a specific page of the transcript,
select one of the following choices:


indictment - page 1


indictment - page 2


indictment - page 3


indictment - page 4


bench warrant for J. C. Reed, Jr. and James Coleman


return on bench warrant for J. C. Reed, Jr. and James Coleman
(served on Wednesday, July 3, 1963)


reporter´s transcript of the testimony taken and proceedings had before the Grand Jury - Wednesday, July 3, 1963


index of witnesses and list of exhibits - page 1


index of witnesses and list of exhibits - page 2


reporter´s transcript - page 1


reporter´s transcript - page 2


reporter´s transcript - page 3
examination of Junior Gene Smith (son of Vern Charles Smith)


reporter´s transcript - page 4


reporter´s transcript - page 5
examination of John Putnam Blanchard (doctor who performed autopsy of Vern Charles Smith)


reporter´s transcript - page 6


reporter´s transcript - page 7


reporter´s transcript - page 8
examination of Idell Bud Olsen (deputy sheriff)


reporter´s transcript - page 9


reporter´s transcript - page 10


reporter´s transcript - page 11


reporter´s transcript - page 12
examination of Peter Signorelli, Jr. (acquaintance of Vern Charles Smith)


reporter´s transcript - page 13
examination of Careth Sampson (waitress at Rickshaw Restaurant)


reporter´s transcript - page 14


reporter´s transcript - page 15


reporter´s transcript - page 16
examination of Mabel Keener (owner of Royal Motel)
(Note: Mabel Keener was the last person who is known to have seen "Sandy".)


reporter´s transcript - page 17


reporter´s transcript - page 18


reporter´s transcript - page 19


reporter´s transcript - page 20
examination of Careth Sampson (recalled as a witness)


reporter´s transcript - page 21
examination of Harry F. Looney (detective)


reporter´s transcript - page 22


reporter´s transcript - page 23


reporter´s transcript - page 24


reporter´s transcript - page 25


reporter´s transcript - page 26


reporter´s transcript - page 27


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reporter´s transcript - page 45


reporter´s transcript - page 46


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reporter´s transcript - page 48


reporter´s transcript - page 49


reporter´s transcript - page 50


affidavit for temporary release of Exhibit #10 - page 1


affidavit for temporary release of Exhibit #10 - page 2


instructions requested by defendant for Reed - page 1


instructions requested by defendant for Reed - page 2


abstract of judgment for Reed - page 1


abstract of judgment for Reed - page 2


abstract of judgment for Reed - page 3


abstract of judgment for Reed - page 4


abstract of judgment for Coleman - page 1


abstract of judgment for Coleman - page 2


abstract of judgment for Coleman - page 3


abstract of judgment for Coleman - page 4


list of exhibits - page 1


list of exhibits - page 2


change of plea, sentence to state prison - page 1


change of plea, sentence to state prison - page 2


declaration of attorney for Reed - page 1


declaration of attorney for Reed - page 2


statement by judge and district attorney for Reed


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 1


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 2


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 3


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 4


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 5


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 6


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 7


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 8


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 9


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 10


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 11


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 12


reporter´s transcript for Reed - page 13


declaration of attorney for Coleman - page 1


declaration of attorney for Coleman - page 2


statement by judge and district attorney for Coleman


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 1


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 2


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 3


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 4


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 5


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 6


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 7


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 8


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 9


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 10


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 11


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 12


reporter´s transcript for Coleman - page 13


affidavit and order for release of Exhibits #14 and #15 - page 1


affidavit and order for release of Exhibits #14 and #15 - page 2


affidavit and order for release of Exhibits #14 and #15 - page 3


Exhibit #14


Exhibit #15


receipts


Superior Court, Santa Barbara County - notes


bench warrant for John Doe aka "Sandy"


return on bench warrant for John Doe aka "Sandy" (front)
(not served and returned to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department on Friday, September 28, 1973)


return on bench warrant for John Doe aka "Sandy" (back)
(not served and returned to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department on Friday, September 28, 1973)




"Sandy" (Clark version) "Sandy" (Straub version)




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