Wisto feared Myers would expose meth trade
March 13, 2013
By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE
County prosecutors continued Wednesday to cultivate the concept of culpability of a mother-son “criminal enterprise” in the violent slaying of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers, weaving a sordid story of life inside a drug dealing family.
Rhonda Maye Wisto and her son, Frank Jacob York, are on trial for the Sept. 26, 2010 murder of Myers, which occurred, according to testimony, after Wisto became paranoid that Myers was “about to rat” on Wisto and others who were smoking, buying and selling meth and a variety of other drugs in her Nipomo home.
Prosecutors showed graphic video slides of Myers’ skull while Dr. Allison Galloway, a forensic anthropologist employed by the county, described the probable reasons for visible fractures and other blunt force injuries sustained by Myers. Myers’ mother, Aileen Myers, fled the courtroom during the testimony.
Susana Douglas of Oceano, who saw Myers the night before the teenager was murdered, said Myers “was kinda loud” and often boastful when she was at the Wisto home, and usually under the influence of meth.
Douglas, who cried several times during her testimony, said the victim spent a lot of time at the mobile home, and Wisto became concerned about that, and also that the girl was “disrespectful.”
Wisto fiddled with her long pony tail and whispered to her attorney, Michael Cummins, during Douglas’ testimony.
A large portion of Wednesday’s proceedings was taken up by the showing of lengthy video surveillance tapes of the suspects at a Pismo service station and Jack in the Box fast food restaurant the morning of the murder.
Cari Levi, a criminologist with the state Department of Justice crime laboratory, discussed evidence found, including lip marks on a mirror with the DNA belonging to both York and Myers. Testing of a baseball bat showed the DNA on the handle belonged to York and Blood on the end was from Cody Miller, a suspect who has already plead guilty.
Prosecutors claim Wisto, York, and three other men — the other three have already plead guilty — are responsible for Myers’ beating and eventual death by suffocation. Her burned body was found in a shallow grave in Santa Margarita early in the morning, and the the five suspects were arrested only hours later.
The trial is expected to last nearly a month.