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Police say Menard changed his story in family slayings
first_imgIn the backyard, police discovered Menard’s little sister, Ashley, 16, stabbed repeatedly in the back of the neck. She wore a black tank top, stretch pants and socks, a cordless phone abandoned near her feet. Minutes earlier, at 6:03 a.m., she had called 911, pleading for an operator to help. “Please, please, my parents have been shot,” she said, according to one of three detectives who testified Tuesday. Nine minutes after that call, her brother called 911 himself to report the carnage. They brought him in for questioning and several detectives, including Terence Keyzer and Michael Oppelt, interviewed Menard. Keyzer went first. “He changed his story several times,” he testified. Menard had been out with friends and his brother at a club the night before and returned home about 5 a.m. after stopping off at the International House of Pancakes, he told Keyzer. He had a few beers and maybe a mixed drink at the club and had horsed around with friends at the restaurant. When he got home, he said, he smoked several cigarettes and about an hour later walked in to find his parents’ limp bodies on the living room floor, Keyzer said. He then called 911. It was 6:12 a.m. During intense questioning, Menard’s demeanor was alternately calm, then sarcastic. He sometimes cried. The detectives pressed him on a story they said didn’t sound believable. They pointed out the blood on his shirt and the mud on his shoes and told him they thought he was lying. What about the knife, apparently from the family’s knife collection, found in the pool, they asked him. When accused of being involved in the struggle that resulted in his parents’ death, “He would just say, `I didn’t do it,”‘ Keyzer testified. During two hours of interrogation and later questioning, Menard continued to contradict himself, mentioning the gunshots and screams he said he heard as he thumbed through a book. He told the cops he locked his door, too scared to come out. When he did emerge, he said, he found his parents, but failed to mention his dead sister. When pressed about the mud on his boots – presumably from the backyard – he said he found the young woman clinging to life. He had a good relationship with his parents, he told police, but he later admitted he had stolen thousands of dollars from them and had left the house the year before for several months. At the time of his arrest, his hair was dripping wet and he wore a shirt with a blood stain on the sleeve. At the scene, detectives discovered a bag of damp clothes stained red in a bag in his room. Eventually, he told Oppelt he knew his story sounded suspicious. He switched to the version in which his father did the killing. When David Menard confronted him, Menard said he wrestled with him and put him in a head lock, Oppelt testified. His dad then grabbed him, and Brandon stabbed him. Still holding the knife, he ran out to the backyard and saw his sister on the ground. Covered in blood, he jumped in the pool, where detectives later found a 13-inch kitchen knife, believed to be one of the murder weapons. Detectives pushed him further, saying his story just didn’t add up. Menard then told Oppelt “he could have accidentally stabbed his sister.” [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – Brandon Menard sat in the police interrogation room face to face with detectives a few hours after his family was slaughtered inside their Northridge home. First, he said he came home from a night of partying, smoked some cigarettes outside for an hour, then went inside and found his family dead, according to detectives who testified Tuesday in his preliminary hearing. Later, he said he went inside, disrobed and read a book. A half-hour later, he heard screams and gunshots. Finally, he said he walked in on his dad standing over his mother with a knife, struggled with him and stabbed him in the process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The detectives confronted him with the evidence: blood on his shirt, mud on his boots that likely came from the backyard where his sister was found stabbed to death, a knife in the pool. By the end of the interview, Menard was the key suspect in the triple homicide. Details of the interview emerged during the first day of a preliminary hearing in San Fernando Superior Court, which continues today. After hearing testimony, a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to have Menard, 22, stand trial in the Aug. 4, 2006, killings. During a day of testimony in which only the prosecution called witnesses, three Los Angeles police homicide detectives recalled the horrific scene of a blood-splattered house in the 17000 block of Stare Street. Menard’s adoptive parents, David, 56, and Toni, 55, were found just inside the front door in their pajamas. Both had been stabbed in the chest several times, and David Menard had also been shot. last_img
Mayor’s up to the test

first_imgEven as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa faces a lengthy battle for control of Los Angeles public schools, he has launched more immediate efforts to propel broad change in the district. Moving to fulfill a campaign vow to improve education, he has expanded the after-school LA’s BEST program, created a council of education advisers to recommend reform, pledged to raise $35 million privately to provide health care for district children, and has begun efforts to boost student safety. And while his push for mayoral control of the Los Angeles Unified School District has antagonized many school officials, his broader efforts in his first five months in office have been welcomed as more aggressive than those of his predecessors. “From what I’m seeing, it’s a much broader base of support,” school board member Mike Lansing said. “I think he’s picked up the mantle and is trying to take it to a new level.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Much of Villaraigosa’s focus on education is rooted in his own experiences dropping out of a parochial school and, as he has described it, being given a second chance at Roosevelt High School. But improving the environment for Los Angeles’ 727,000 students also has become a linchpin in his vision for vast improvements in the city, including public safety, transportation, housing and jobs. “We must give our children the skills they need to compete and succeed in a global economy,” Villaraigosa said. “Reforming Los Angeles’ schools is about our children, our economy and the future of our city.” Toward that end, he is pushing for broad cooperation between the city and district. “Most cities look at school districts as a separate political entity that occupies the same space but is separate from city government,” Deputy Mayor Carolyn Webb de Macias said. “We are trying to change that.” Acting on a top recommendation last month from the council of education advisers, Villaraigosa has appealed to the business community to raise $35 million to fill the gap of health care for all children in the LAUSD. “What we found is that one of the biggest reasons for absences by students was health care, particularly dental care, if you can believe that,” Webb de Macias said. “Even parents who have health insurance often don’t have dental insurance for their children. And, the more a child is absent, the poorer their performance.” Los Angeles Unified officials estimate as many as 33 percent of district students do not have health and dental insurance. A 2003 California Health Interview Survey estimated that 191,000 children ages 6 to 18 in Los Angeles County are uninsured. The issue hits close to home for Villaraigosa, who said he never visited a dentist when he was young. “Many kids miss school up to 20 days a year primarily because they have no dental care,” he said at a press conference last week announcing a grant that would provide health care coverage for more than 2,000 Los Angeles children. Villaraigosa also is working with state legislators to try to find $300 million to $400 million that would be needed for an annual statewide health care program for all children. He also has met with Southern California Grantmakers, representing 2,500 foundations based in the city, to seek funding for school needs. “In the past, these foundations have come to us and said, ‘These are the programs we have money for. Why don’t you apply for some of it?’ What we are saying to them is that, ‘Here is a list of needs the city has. What can you do to help?”‘ Webb de Macias said. “It’s a completely different strategy.” She also said Villaraigosa was given a list of major corporations in the city that could be approached for funding to help the schools. “In the 1980s, we had more corporations and their executives based here, and there was a culture of giving,” Webb de Macias said. “Because of mergers and other factors, we don’t have that anymore. The mayor is trying to rebuild that.” Efforts to rebuild began even with his inaugural eve fundraiser, which increased funding for the after-school LA’s BEST program by $7 million and allowed it to be expanded to 17 additional schools. LA’s BEST now operates at 147 elementary schools in the district. The Mayor’s Office is also moving ahead with creating safe passages for children to and from schools. The city has identified more than 1,000 sites – from libraries and community centers to police and fire stations – that will be networked in the coming months to serve as safe havens for children. And the city has taken aim at addressing violence and racial tensions on campuses, working with UCLA and a mediation training program to teach high school students how to deal with campus problems. “We’ve done some of this at a high school and it’s proven effective,” Webb de Macias said. “What we want to do is bring together about 400 students from different schools to train them and they will train other students, so this concept can spread.” Lansing said the support is welcome, although he believes the city always should have been responsible for some of the efforts. “I’m very supportive of them coming out and doing support programs, but the reality is after-school and school safety programs should be things cities are responsible for,” Lansing said. “We’ve pretty much taken up after-school programs because the city of Los Angeles has abdicated it. If they want to step up and help out, that’s great.” Lansing said the cooperation, however, highlights the collaboration between schools and cities that is needed. “I think that’s exactly where it’s supposed to be – the city needs to be supportive of the students and the educational system – and any way we can work together, I’m all for,” Lansing said. “But, governance and instruction are a much more involved and a much greater task … and I have yet to hear anything about how the mayor and the city taking over the governance of the school district is going to improve student learning.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] Here are some of the proposals being studied by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he works with the Los Angeles Unified School District on immediate solutions: Develop a “safe passages” program for students traveling to and from schools. Develop student-to-student mediation programs to help reduce campus violence. Provide more funding for LA’s BEST pre- and after-school programs. Raise $35 million from private donors to provide health and dental care for students. Develop more joint-use sites of schools, libraries and parks. Work with corporations and private foundations to develop volunteer and fundraising programs for schools. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more