Blog Entry Introduced as Character Evidence in Fatal Stabbing Case

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OAKLAND-As the case for the 2008 fatal stabbing of UC Berkeley senior Christopher Wootton begins to wind down, the defense on Tuesday presented its final piece of evidence, a 2006 MySpace entry in which Wootton described his involvement in an unrelated previous fight.

Former Berkeley City College student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield stabbed Wootton in the UC Berkeley Chi Omega sorority parking lot in the early morning hours of May 3, 2008. Though he stands accused of murder, the defense is attempting to prove the stabbing was an act of self-defense amid an altercation in which Hoeft-Edenfield and his friends were outnumbered by a larger group consisting of Wootton and his fraternity brothers.

Defense Attorney Yolanda Huang presented the MySpace entry Wootton posted April 15, 2006-which describes another drunken fight in which he and his fraternity brothers also outnumbered the other group-as character evidence in an attempt to prove that Wootton had aggressive tendencies.

The court also saw character evidence presented Thursday, in which Deputy District Attorney Connie Campbell of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office attempted to convey that Hoeft-Edenfield had issues with anger management.

In the MySpace entry, Wootton wrote that after a "yoked 220 lb. mother fucker" was kicked out of his fraternity house for disrespecting a brother, the man stayed outside of the house waiting for a fight.

"... he decided to wait outside for at least 15 minutes, which is fuckin stupid when there are at least 25 bro's in the house that will fuck him up," he wrote.

Though at the beginning of his entry Wootton wrote that his involvement in a fight should come as a shock to anyone reading the entry, he stated that he was drunk and inclined to fight upon hearing that someone wanted to fight his fraternity brother.

"... being the dedicated friend that I am, i immediately answered with a 'who the fuck is he and where?' followed by 'let's fuck him up' and yes, I was drunk, but not blacked out," he wrote.

Wootton wrote that he, his brother Josh and several others proceeded outside and, upon finding his fraternity brother surrounded by three people, Wootton said he confronted the "220 lb. juggernaut" from earlier. Wootton recounted that after the man socked him in the chest, Wootton threw punches, accidentally landing one on his brother.

There were 10 to 12 fraternity brothers outside and only three opponents when Wootton's brothers tried to break up the fight.

"... but if you know Josh (or myself as I have discovered this weekend), then you know that we get an intense adrenaline rush and calming us down is not very easy," Wootton wrote.

But the fight was soon broken up when a police officer-who Wootton referred to as a "pig"-showed up at the scene, according to the entry.

Campbell has several remaining rebuttal witnesses lined up for when the trial, presided by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner, continues Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

Closing arguments are scheduled to take place May 3, the two year anniversary of Wootton's death.


Contact Kim Bielak at [email protected]

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