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Homicide in Riverside: 15
Mon, 11 Oct 2004

 Mary Stewart?s twelve year quest for justice for her murdered daughter is finally producing results. In 1992 Mary found her twenty-nine year old daughter, Terese, with a fatal gunshot wound to the forehead. Riverside Sheriff ?s officials labeled the death a suicide. In the days, weeks, and months following the death, Mary; her son, Shane; and Terese?s friends presented Riverside Sheriff officials with information pointing toward murder.
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Homicide in Riverside:
Sun, 29 Feb 2004

Did Riverside DA investigator Martin Silva swear out a search warrant to intimidate a mother who believes her daughter was murdered? Last Tuesday, US District Court Judge Steven Larson denied Silva?s taxpayer financed dismissal motion and ruled that the case filed against him by Mary Stewart will be decided by a jury. The trial, estimated to last 10 days, will begin on March 16 in Courtroom 2 of US District Court, 3470 12th St. in Riverside. Mary Stewart is represented by prominent Riverside attorney Gary Wenkle Smith ? (909) 880-9815. For background and recent developments, here?s a recent article
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Homicide in Riverside: 12
Tue, 30 May 2006

A federal judge will rule next week whether a Murrieta woman's civil rights lawsuit asserting that police searched her home to shut her up will go before a jury. On Monday, U.S. Central District Magistrate Judge Stephen Larson said he plans to examine evidence to determine whether a Riverside County district attorney's investigator could have misled a judge who signed a search warrant in 2001. If Larson finds that the information available to Senior Investigator Martin Silva but not included in the search-warrant affidavit may have precluded a judge from allowing a search, the case will proceed to trial in February. The judge ordered attorneys in the case back into court Jan. 20 to hear his ruling. Silva is being sued by Mary Stewart, 63, who asserts that her civil rights were violated because Silva obtained a search warrant under false pretenses to harass her for having badgered police for years to reopen the investigation into her daughter's death. Stewart insists that her daughter was murdered, but authorities ruled the death a suicide 11 years ago.
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Homicide in Riverside: 10
Fri, 17 Jan 2003

 Perhaps due to recent media coverage and/or a pending federal civil rights lawsuit, Riverside County authorities are finally giving at least the appearance of investigating the circumstances surrounding Terese Stewart's death. The witness cited by DA Investigator Silva as John Wesley's "airtight alibi," James Orndorff,  has now been interviewed by Riverside County DA's Investigators. Hopefully, nearly 12 years after Terese's death and two years after Mary Stewart provided them with an extensive investigative package compiled by her private investigators, the DA has learned that this alibi may not be as airtight as Wesley indicated.
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Homicide in Riverside: 9
: OFFICIAL TAMPERING? :
Tue, 30 May 2006

On August 15, 2002, Mary Stewart spent approximately two hours briefing the Riverside County Grand Jury?s Justice Committee on her treatment by law enforcement officials in the aftermath of her daughter?s death. The grand jury is investigating the Citizen?s Complaint she filed against Riverside County law enforcement and District Attorney Investigator Martin Silva. At this meeting, she presented her one hundred seventy-six page private investigative report, and asked that the Grand Jury obtain all information on the case from the District Attorney's Office, investigate Terese's death, and indict Terese's murderer. Touched by the attentiveness shown by the Justice Committee members, Stewart left the hearing feeling cautiously optimistic that someone in law enforcement was finally taking her concerns seriously. That glimmer of hope didn't last long.
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Homicide in Riverside: 8
: Judge's ruling lifts hurdle in mother's lawsuit :
Tue, 30 May 2006

 A federal judge has ruled that a Riverside County district attorney's investigator may not halt a civil-rights lawsuit filed against him by a Murrieta woman he had accused of murder. Senior Investigator Martin Silva is being sued by Mary Stewart, who alleges that he had police search her home last year to shut her up for badgering them to re-open the case surrounding the death of her daughter 10 years ago.
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Homicide in Riverside: 7
: THE EVIDENCE AGAINST JOHN WESLEY :
Thu, 19 Sep 2002

No one who knew Terese Stewart believes she killed herself. Not then, not now. After the Riverside County DA successfully prosecuted John Wesley and his wife for defrauding Mary Stewart, county investigators repeatedly refused to re-open their investigation into her daughter's death. When Mary presented the privately funded investigation to the DA's office, they took the low road. In an incredible display of arrogance, the DA decided that the fact that Mary Stewart spent her life savings investigating the death of her daughter made her a prime suspect!  Here's what the privately funded investigation unearthed:
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Homicide in Riverside: 6
Wed, 21 Aug 2002

 Wesley assumes control of Giant Computer by force?with a little help from Riverside Sheriff?s Deputies.
 
  To say John Wesley was livid about the termination letter from Mary Stewart would be an understatement comparable to characterizing Hurricane Andrew as a spring shower. After Mary derailed his gravy train, Wesley became determined to take over Giant Computer, the last of Mary's assets to which he had access. To get it, he used every tactic his sociopathic brain could conjure, including character assassination.
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Homicide in Riverside: 5
: Wesley Shows His True Colors :
Tue, 30 May 2006

Mary Stewart?s persistent questioning of John Wesley?s performance was a clear signal to him that he was losing his hold over Mary and Terese, threatening his standing in Giant Computer, and his potential to continue squeezing money from Mary. Unknown to Mary, John began telling clients that he and Lynn were the majority stockholders in Giant, although they owned no Giant stock.
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Homicide in Riverside: 4
: Justice for Terese -The con is on :
Fri, 02 Aug 2002

By her own admission, Mary Stewart was too trusting. In her life, she?d never encountered the duplicity to which she would fall prey, at least not from people she considered friends. The charming and convincing John W. Cronin , aka John C. Wesley, presented himself as a confident, successful, self-made man who knew what he wanted and how to get it. In contrast, his wife Lynn, submissive and quiet, was a picture-perfect Christian wife. Little did Mary know that her perception of Lynn as someone "too nice" to be involved in anything unethical or illegal was integral to the success of John?s scheme to steal as much as possible from her. And Mary?s natural reluctance to think badly of anyone made her a perfect mark for a con man?s game.
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Homicide in Riverside: 3
: The Nightmare Begins :
Tue, 30 May 2006

I met a woman the other day who has, for the last decade, lived every parent?s worst nightmare.

Mary Stewart?s story contains all the elements of a blockbuster movie, only it wasn?t scripted by the creative Tinseltown minds that brought us "Erin Brockovich". Primarily written, performed, and directed by officials in the Riverside County criminal justice system, it is a story of how a botched death investigation, influenced by faulty logic, political expediency, misogyny, and even homophobia, resulted in a monumental miscarriage of justice. And in this story, the actions of those sworn to protect and serve are as frightening as Mary?s persistence and determination are inspirational.


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Homicide in Riverside: 2
Tue, 30 May 2006

Riverside, CA - The FBI confirmed today that they have recently interviewed Mary Stewart, mother of homicide victim Terese Stewart. According to FBI Special Agent William Friedrich, the investigation package submitted by Mary Stewart has been forwarded to the US Attorney's Office for evaluation. The FBI has requested the US Attorney to address allegations that the Riverside County DA's Office, acting under color of law, fabricated evidence and committed civil rights violations. The investigation package alleges that DA Investigator Martin Silva fabricated evidence and also names Chief Investigator Michael Curfman, Senior Investigator Larry Thayer and other D.A. officials.
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Homicide in Riverside: 1
Sat, 10 Jul 2202

On June 10, 1992, I awoke to find my twenty-nine year old daughter, Terese Stewart, with a fatal gunshot wound to the forehead.  The Riverside County Sheriff's Office labeled the death a suicide; but my 25 year old son and I immediately suspected that Terese was the victim of a homicide. When we went to the Sheriff's Office with our suspicions, they grudgingly agreed to fingerprint the gun. When no fingerprints or smudges were found, the Sheriff's Office became less and less cooperative, so I hired a private investigator. My investigators accumulated substantial evidence pointing toward a suspect  who, unbeknown to me then, had been defrauding my daughter and me of substantial assets.
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