Dystiny Myers suit dismissed as skull returns to family
June 27, 2014
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to return the skull of murder victim Dystiny Myers to the family of the deceased runaway teen.
In March, Myers’ family sued the county over the district attorney’s office’s decision to hold the skull for trial evidence without informing family members that it was doing so. A judge has now dismissed the lawsuit, and the skull is expected to return to Myers’ family as soon as Friday.
Last year, a San Luis Obispo jury found Ronda Wisto and her son Jacob York guilty of the murder of 15-year-old Myers, who died in 2010. Three other accomplices agreed to plea deals in the murder case.
In the lawsuit, Myers’ family alleged that prosecutors had not informed them that they had removed the victim’s head from her body prior to a burial. Myers’ mother, Aileen Lucas, was hospitalized in a nervous breakdown from seeing slides of the skull during the 2013 trial, the lawsuit states.
County officials claim that the district attorney’s office acted appropriately and followed the law during the case.