Cameron Brown is innocent until proven guilty but the allegations in this case are “unspeakable.” Ten jurors believed little Lauren Sarene Key’s 125-foot plunge to her death was caused by her father, Cameron Brown. But two juror’s didn’t. Brown will be tried again in October.
In the first trial, prosecutor’s described Cameron Brown (pictured above with his daughter Lauren) as a deadbeat dad who owed $40,000 in child support payments, but only had $96 dollars in the bank. They added, Brown never wanted the child in the first place. He met Lauren’s mom Sarah Key-Marer in a bar in 1995 and despite using a condom, Sarah became pregnant. Brown was so outraged, he tried to get the English born Sarah deported. When that failed, he tried to talk her into an abortion, she refused and gave birth to Lauren. She and Brown would eventually marry other people.
Brown refused to visit his little girl until she was 3. Prosecutor’s claim, he only visited in hopes of getting the child support payments reduced.
On one visit in 2000, Brown took little Lauren to “Inspiration Point,” which overlooked a nude beach, at Rancho Palos Verdes. This was strange because this hiking trail is known not to be safe for children because of the narrow slope without fencing. A witness said, “It was not common to see children walking in this area.”
Two hikers said Lauren was walking behind her father, appearing tired as she tried frantically to keep up with him. They also noted that it was dead silence between the two. This fact is significant because Brown maintains that Lauren led him along the narrow, sometimes steep paths.
At the top of the trail, Brown claims, he sat on a rock while Lauren tossed pebbles over the edge. He told cops he took his eyes off Lauren for a moment and when he glanced back, he saw her flailing arms and legs as she vanished over the edge, 125 feet down. Jurors had tears in their eyes as they viewed photos of the child’s broken and bloodied body laying on the rocky beach below-her pretty face smashed by the steep fall.
Witnesses testified about Brown’s bizarre coolness in the aftermath. He joked to a nudist from the nearby nudist camp, “You better get dressed since rescue workers will be flooding the scene. “Somebody’s gonna be coming, ha ha, so sorry.” On the 911 call he made on his cell, Brown’s voice was void of emotion and he was very nonchalant as he told the operator that his daughter fell off a cliff and a police officer testified that Brown talked about the close election between George Bush and Al Gore as the tiny girl’s battered body was laid out on a nearby picnic table.
Attorney Mark Geragos (who also represented Scott Peterson) represented Brown at the first trial (mistrial). More than likely, he will also represent him at the retrial next month.
Source: “Star Magazine,” and “The Daily Breeze.”
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