Posted: Mar 14, 2013 6:40 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News
Updated: Mar 15, 2013 6:06 AM
Thursday was Day 4 of testimony in the Dystiny Myers murder trial.
Rhonda Wisto and her son, Frank York, are charged with the kidnapping, torture and murder of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers.
The Santa Maria teen's body was found beaten and burned near Santa Margarita in September 2010.
In court Thursday, prosecutors shared handwritten letters and personal conversations between the mother and son, and also with some of their close friends, even cellmates.
Some of these conversations give detailed information about Dystiny, and Wisto and York's potential involvement in her murder.
Damin Anderson was an inmate with Frank York at the San Luis Obispo county jail back in 2010.
Anderson says he used to sell and use drugs at Wisto's home and he knew Dystiny.
While exchanging letters, he asked York what happened to her.
"They picked up Dystiny and took her back to Rhonda's and this is two years ago, but said that they were prostituting her out of the residence. She was really high on drugs and at one point she wanted to leave," said Anderson, but Dystiny didn't leave and in one of the letters, York told him why.
"He decided to beat her with a bat. The other ones hit her with brass knuckles. They put her in a duffel bag, stuck her in the back of Rhonda's pickup truck and drove her to Santa Margarita," said Anderson.
The next witness was asked why someone would want Myers killed.
"There was some talk of a debt being owed," said Tabitha Brown, Rhonda Wisto's former cellmate.
Brown says during several conversations, Wisto said she didn't trust Dystiny.
"Girls like her are bad. They do bad things all the time because they're doping. They are prostitutes. She was a nobody someone would care about," said Anderson.
Investigators have screened more than 4,000 pages of letters that the five suspects -- York, Wisto, Ty Hill, Cody Miller and Jason Greenwell -- sent and received while in jail. This is often called mail cover.
Ty Michael Hill pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Cody Miller accepted a deal on first degree murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder.
He, and fifth murder suspect Jason Greenwell, have agreed to testify against Wisto and York.
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