Natalie Wood Detectives Witness – Natalie Wood can be solved with a witness, according to detectives who reopened the mysterious case. Legal experts say that a new inquiry into the 30-year-old death of actress is highly unlikely to lead to charges against the late actress’ husband, Robert Wagner, or anyone else.
“Based on what we’ve heard so far, the chances [of the investigation leading to criminal charges] are zero to nothing,” stated Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
“I would classify this as silliness — not the drowning, which was tragic, but the idea that 30 years later a witness comes forward and tells what he calls the real story and that leads to criminal charges. As a prosecutor, you just roll your eyes.”Â
Indeed, leading criminal lawyers stated that the only crime that would circumvent the statute of limitations would be murder. That would require the emergence of multiple eyewitnesses and compelling physical evidence.
“Unless there’s something earth-shattering – some DNA evidence on a body that’s probably badly decomposed – they don’t have a case,” Steve Meister, a Los Angeles defense attorney and former prosecutor stated about the investigate of Wood.
Furthermore, the man who helped prompt the new inquiry, boat captain Dennis Davern, is compromised as a trial witness, the experts agreed. Davern admitted he lied to detectives in years past, has a book out on the “West Side Story” star’s death and says he was drunk on the night in question.
“You’ll need a lot more than the captain’s testimony to make a case,” Jerod Gunsberg, a Los Angeles-based criminal attorney stated. “It would not take much to discredit him on the stand.”Â
Though the book in question, “Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour,” was published in 2009, Davern has made frequent references to it in interviews, and his co-author, Marti Rulli, has been a constant presence on television and in print.