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In Loving Memory of Norma Alicia Barto

Norma Alicia Barto
Aug. 1947-Nov. 2003
Her gentle smile upon her face:
A gift she freely shared.
Kind hands, so quick to help and give;
A heart that truly cared.

Oh, she was beautiful!

Serenity in service;
A desire to offer ease;
She gave with quiet majesty.
She lived to help, to please.

Her life was beautiful.

She radiated beauty
From without and from inside,
Untouched by petty longings,
And unmarked by worldly pride.

Her heart is beautiful.

She gave from deep within.
She touched so many lives for good.
And even from beyond the vail,
She’d comfort if she could.

Her soul is beautiful.

Compassionate, she rues
Our longing grief–that mighty chorus!
And if she could, I know that
She would bear that burden for us.

And that is beautiful.

Written for
by Anon.



San Luis Obispo Tribune | 05/18/2005 | PASO MAN SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN MURDER

“A Paso Robles man will serve two years in state prison for helping two others dispose of the body of murdered Templeton resident Norma Barto, prosecutors said Tuesday.Javier Chavez, 25, pleaded guilty May 10 to being an accessory after the fact of aggravated assault, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Gray.Chavez has already spent about 18 months in jail, according to defense attorney Jeff Radding.Under a ruling by Judge Christopher Money, Chavez will serve the remainder of …”

I’m sorry I don’t have a link to the full strory yet. Please note that not all statments in the news media are true. See my other posts for clarification.

Isabel Sentences to 25 – Life

Isabel Celis’ lawyer was denied his request for a new trial this afternoon and Isabel was officially sentenced to 25 yrs. to life in prison. More detail to come.

San Luis Obispo Tribune – Celis sentenced to 25 years to life}

San Luis Obispo Tribune | 03/18/2005 | Celis sentenced to 25 years to life

Please note that not all statments in the news media are true. See my other posts for clarification.

Awaiting Sentencing

Michelle and Rick are in the San Luis Obispo Courthouse this morning awaiting the sentencing of Isabel Celis. The family met last night to write a letter to Judge Money explaining why we think she should be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Celis will receive a minimum sentence of 25 years.

Wilson continues his games

Court is now on break for lunch and Isabel Celis has still not been sentenced. Her defense lawyer was late to court by an hour and a half. He sent a letter to the DA yesterday evening to…

The Media Never Learns

The following is a letter I submitted to the SLO Tribune today. I am refering to the article “Paso woman found guilty of murder” in the Tribune on Sat, Feb. 26, 2005.

I was horrified when I opened up the Saturday, February 26th edition of the Tribune and saw that the paper repeated the same misleading practice that had occurred only one week earlier! A picture with the caption “Celis reacts as the verdict is read” was placed below a photo of Isabel Celis with her hand to her face, once again implying that she was crying. In the ninth paragraph of the article it reads that “Isabel Celis remained stoic — just as she had for most of the trial — as a court clerk read the verdicts.” Upon replaying the video of her when the verdict was read, I realized she never even took this pose at the time the verdict was read!

This photographic error might be overlooked as a simple mistake by an intern but the first line of the article was even more shocking. “Isabel Celis did not kill Norma Barto”!?! Ryan Huff’s coverage of the Celis trial has been a consistent barrage of one sided reporting culminating in his minimizing the crime by saying that she was technically found not guilty of murder! May I remind the readers that she was found guilty of 1st degree, premeditated murder? Just because the Jury gave her the benefit of the doubt to her enhancement charges doesn’t mean she isn’t a murderer. Norma Barto, a sweet, loving, soft spoken woman who dedicated her life to helping others, and who literally gave food off her table and her own bed to Isabel Celis, was then brutally beaten to death in Celis’ front yard. No matter how you want to twist the facts Ryan, this is true. This isn’t just another news story to the hundreds of people in this community who loved Norma and are still mourning her loss. I understand your motivation is to sell papers and get your promotion, but trying to call an apple and orange not only is insulting to the victim’s family but also to the intelligence of your educated readers.

~Tim Alatorre

San Luis Obispo Tribune – Paso woman found guilty of murder}

San Luis Obispo Tribune | 02/26/2005 | Paso woman found guilty of murder

Please note that not all statments in the news media are true. See my other posts for clarification.

Day 8: People vs Isabel Celis – Guilty of First Degree Murder!}

At 2:40pm after almost 24 hours of deliberation the jury, having reached a verdict, entered the courtroom. The court clerk read that Isabel Celis was found guilty of Murder in the first degree and not guilty to enhancements number 1 and 2. Isabel remained emotionless and was escorted from the courtroom without fanfare. After the reading of the verdict the media was in a frenzy to interview the attorneys and family. Due to the extreme emotion of the day the family declined comment. The jury foreman did tell the media that the jury believed Norma never had a weapon or threatened Isabel. They said that whether or not Isabel ever had the weapon of if only her son did could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Throughout the two weeks of trial both attorneys displayed their distinct styles. Karen, the DA, was reluctant to dramatize or show emotion. She was, however, very organized and her questioning was direct, clear, and moved quickly. Denton Wilson was the exact opposite. He was very dramatic, often theatrical in acting out scenarios. He seemed very disorganized, his questioning was often random and seemed to be going nowhere. Many times during the trial he would put some jury members to sleep with his endless questionings that seemed irrelevant. I think that both their styles had some positive and negative traits. Karen?s organization and clarity made it easy for the jury to follow and understand what she was doing, however her lack of emotion made her seem uninterested and may have hurt her credibility at times. Wilson?s drama was entertaining but sometimes hurt his defense, as his witnesses were unable to act out what they testified to happening. He also was often times unable to keep the jury interested. He was however, very strong in his opening and closing statements and I think this may have resulted in his partial victory with the enhancement charges.


Day 7: People v. Isabel Celis ? Closing Arguments

The following contains information regarding the trial. If you are a juror please do not read this until your role in the trial has ended.

Closing arguments were presented this morning and the jury endered the jury room at 2:45pm. …