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    MARTINEZ, Calif. — A 16-year-old male suspect was arrested in the slaying of Pamela Vitale (search), the wife of famed criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz (search), police said Thursday.

    The teenager, who lived near Vitale's and Horowitz's hilltop estate, was taken into custody Wednesday night, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee said, and authorities were investigating the motive for the slaying.

    "Although we have a suspect, the investigation is still going on," Lee said. "Much more work still needs to be done."

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a source said police believe the teenager killed Vitale by striking her with a piece of crown molding 39 times in the head — and then carved some kind of gothic signature into her back.

    The suspect had scratches on his legs and face consistent with a violent altercation when cops arrested him at a relative's house, the Chronicle reported.

    The paper, citing an anonymous law enforcement source, said the motive was related to a scheme involving stolen credit card numbers to fund a marijuana-growing operation.

    Police asked anyone with information to call 866-846-3592.

    Horowitz returned home in the upscale San Francisco suburb of Lafayette on Saturday evening and found the bloodied body of his wife in the trailer they were living in while building a 7,000-square-foot home on the property.

    The source said the boy had ordered equipment for the pot-growing operation and mistakenly thought the supplies were delivered to Horowitz's and Vitale's home.

    The source said the suspect went there Saturday to look for the equipment and got in a fight with Vitale, allegedly striking her dozens of times in the head with a piece of crown molding that was left behind at the crime scene.

    Authorities said Vitale, 52, was beaten to death.

    "She fought back very hard. That was very obvious from the scene," Horowitz said Wednesday, adding that she had a massive wound to her head.

    Horowitz rose to national prominence as a cable news commentator during the Scott Peterson (search) murder trial and has continued to provide legal analysis for various cable networks.

    Authorities questioned dozens in the case, including Horowitz and family members of some of his clients, as well as a man who lived on the couple's property.
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    Jesus Christ! A 16 year old?! I don't have any other comment on that.
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    BULLSHIT! 16 too young for death penalty!?!
    He could be your neighbor after 9 years?!?!


    Vitale suspect described as 'goth' lonerClassmates: Teenager dressed in black, talked of Satan

    MARTINEZ, California (CNN) -- The teenage suspect in the beating death of a prominent lawyer's wife was described by classmates as a "gothic" loner who followed the occult and dressed in black from the polish on his fingernails to his trench coat.

    The young man is being held as a juvenile in the slaying of Pamela Vitale, wife of lawyer and television pundit Daniel Horowitz. Police say he apparently acted alone.

    Horowitz found Vitale's body when he returned to a trailer the couple shared while they built a dream estate on a hilltop in affluent Lafayette, east of Oakland.

    Authorities said Vitale, 52, was bludgeoned by a strip of crown molding and fought with her killer. (See video about the arrest -- 4:35)

    A gothic cross was carved into her back. That symbol may be a key link to the suspect.

    "He was just really a gothic kid, and everyone knew who he was just because of his apparel. When you heard the name, you were just like, 'Oh, that kid,' " a classmate told CNN.

    "He just definitely stood out in front of anybody in the school," the classmate added. "When he walked by, everybody talked about him -- like, he definitely didn't blend in."

    Authorities would not identify the 16-year-old, and CNN is not naming him because of his age. But news outlets in the San Francisco Bay area widely publicized his name after his arrest late Wednesday.

    Former classmates told The Associated Press that the teenager drew a pentagram on the ground at school, telling other students he was reading from the book of Satan.

    They described him to the wire service as a quiet student at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, where he stood out because of his attire.

    "He was really gothic, always wore a long, dark jacket," Kevin Etheridge, 16, told the AP. "He'd hang out with a few kids, but he was pretty quiet, pretty much to himself."

    Another student remembered him in junior high school drawing a pentagram on the ground with chalk and dancing around it with other students.

    "He told people the book that he was carrying and reading from was the book of Satan," Keith Kingon told the AP.

    The San Francisco Chronicle, citing an unidentified law enforcement source, reported that investigators believe the killing was related to a scheme that involved using stolen credit card numbers to fund a marijuana-growing operation.

    The Chronicle's source said the boy had ordered equipment for the operation and mistakenly thought the supplies were delivered to Horowitz and Vitale's home, the newspaper reported on its Web site.

    The teen went there Saturday looking for the equipment and got in a fight with Vitale, striking her dozens of times in the head with a piece of molding that was left behind at the scene, according to the Chronicle's source.

    The boy, who lived on a remote canyon road down the hill from the estate, had scratches on his arms and legs from a fight, the newspaper reported.

    A man at the house where the suspect lived declined to comment Thursday as goats and chickens wandered around the property. A potbelly stove, a bathtub and dozens of baseballs littered the yard, the AP reported.

    If the boy is convicted of murder as an adult, he would face up to life in prison. If convicted as a juvenile, he would be freed on his 25th birthday. He is too young to face the death penalty.
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    Deputies searched the home of Scott Dyleski, 16, on Oct. 19. He was charged as an adult with murder last week in connection with Vitale's death. Investigators seized two laptops, a computer central processing unit, bedding, knives and a duffel bag from Dyleski's house, just down the hill from Horowitz and Vitale's estate.
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