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November 25, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were no words of remorse from Diana Haun, sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for fatally stabbing her lover's wife. There were no deals to reduce prison time in exchange for her testimony against lover and co-defendant, Michael Dally. There were only the parting words of an angry and grief-stricken mother seeking some degree of justice for her daughter's slaying.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After listening to Sherri Dally's mother describe how she is haunted by images of her daughter being murdered with an ax and "thrown like a bag of trash down a ravine," a Ventura judge sentenced Michael Dally on Tuesday to life in prison without parole for his wife's murder. Superior Court Judge Charles W. Campbell also ordered Dally to pay $10,000 in restitution to the state and $15,000 to the family of his dead wife.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1996 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sherri Dally's savage and lonely death cast a pall over her memorial service Saturday, despite the scores of people who packed a Ventura chapel to remember her as warm and loving in life. More than 150 friends and relatives gathered at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park chapel to grieve for the 35-year-old Ventura mother, housewife and day-care center owner found beaten and stabbed in a ditch north of the city June 3, one month after her abduction from a Target store parking lot.
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April 21, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a last-ditch move to save his own life, convicted killer Michael Dally took the witness stand Monday at the penalty phase of his trial--wiping tears from his eyes and denying any involvement in the 1996 slaying of his wife, Sherri. "I had nothing to do with the kidnapping, the murder," Dally said somberly, staring straight at the jury charged with deciding his punishment. "I happen to love my wife very deeply."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Depressed and defeated in her efforts to hold together a failing marriage, Sherri Dally's last words to a longtime friend were an apologetic goodbye before walking out of a Ventura discount store. "It was the same way she always ended any conversation with me with: 'Sorry to take up your time,' " John Avila testified Friday. Minutes after their conversation, the 35-year-old day-care center operator was reportedly handcuffed, taken without a struggle and never heard from again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997
Throughout the Diana Haun murder trial, prosecutors kept reminding the jury of the victim in the sensational case. Sherri Dally, the mother of two young boys, loved her husband, Michael. But she was losing him to another woman. "Inside, she wasn't a happy person," Michael's niece, Heather Murray, told The Times last year. "Inside she hurt." Until her murder, Sherri Dally fought hard to hold onto the man she had loved since her junior year in high school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After listening to Sherri Dally's mother describe how she is haunted by images of her daughter being murdered with an ax and "thrown like a bag of trash down a ravine," a Ventura judge sentenced Michael Dally on Tuesday to life in prison without parole for his wife's murder. Superior Court Judge Charles W. Campbell also ordered Dally to pay $10,000 in restitution to the state and $15,000 to the family of his dead wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daughter of the devil. Incarnation of evil. A whacked-out witch on a reign of terror who makes Lizzie Borden look downright tame. Those were the descriptions of convicted killer Diana Haun that were offered in court Friday as Michael Dally's defense team continued trying to deflect the murder charges against him by blaming Haun for the 1996 slaying of his wife, Sherri. Prosecutors contend the pair conspired to kill Sherri Dally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys rested their case in the murder trial of Diana Haun on Friday, concluding testimony in one of the most notorious trials in Ventura County history. Judge Frederick A. Jones excused the jury early Friday afternoon after prosecutors concluded a brief rebuttal. The jury is scheduled to return Wednesday for closing arguments. Haun's trial was originally estimated to last several months, but came to a close after six weeks of testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after his wife vanished, Michael Dally told a friend that it would be futile to search for her because animals would have already devoured her remains. And he pressed the point when Gary Aanerud suggested that the only way to bring closure to Sherri Dally's disappearance was to locate her body. "You don't want to be the one to find that body," Dally said during a May 24, 1996, phone conversation recorded by police. "Trust me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case against suspected wife-killer Michael Dally was given to the jury late Monday afternoon, concluding seven weeks of testimony in one of Ventura County's most sensational murder trials. The panel of eight men and four women is expected to begin deliberations today. For nearly a week, prosecutors and defense attorneys have meticulously pored over evidence presented during the trial and delivered passionate closing arguments. On Monday, Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daughter of the devil. Incarnation of evil. A whacked-out witch on a reign of terror who makes Lizzie Borden look downright tame. Those were the descriptions of convicted killer Diana Haun that were offered in court Friday as Michael Dally's defense team continued trying to deflect the murder charges against him by blaming Haun for the 1996 slaying of his wife, Sherri. Prosecutors contend the pair conspired to kill Sherri Dally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Dally's lawyers urged a judge Monday to dismiss all charges in his sensational murder trial on the grounds prosecutors failed to prove he was involved in a conspiracy to kill his wife. The request was made moments after prosecutors questioned their last witness and rested their case. And it was swiftly denied by Superior Court Judge Charles W. Campbell Jr., who offered no reasons for his decision. The defense will open its case today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They gawked. They gossiped. They observed every nuance of the crime scene. And that was just the shoppers who walked out of Ventura's Target store Wednesday morning to find jurors in the Michael Dally murder trial viewing Sherri Dally's abduction site in a cordoned-off section of the parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998
It would sure be nice if the owner of the shopping center where Sherri Dally disappeared could change the name from "Michaels Plaza" to something more inert. Every time I drive by it seems like her husband is being honored for the heinous deed. STEVE WESTBERG, Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after his wife vanished, Michael Dally told a friend that it would be futile to search for her because animals would have already devoured her remains. And he pressed the point when Gary Aanerud suggested that the only way to bring closure to Sherri Dally's disappearance was to locate her body. "You don't want to be the one to find that body," Dally said during a May 24, 1996, phone conversation recorded by police. "Trust me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They gawked. They gossiped. They observed every nuance of the crime scene. And that was just the shoppers who walked out of Ventura's Target store Wednesday morning to find jurors in the Michael Dally murder trial viewing Sherri Dally's abduction site in a cordoned-off section of the parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the weeks before Sherri Dally's stabbed and beaten body was found, Michael Dally suggested to co-workers that his wife had been kidnapped and tortured, two Vons employees testified Monday. "He said, 'I know something you don't know,' " co-worker Martha Garcia told jurors. "He said that she was handcuffed . . . He said that he thought that she was dead and tortured."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the weeks before Sherri Dally's stabbed and beaten body was found, Michael Dally suggested to co-workers that his wife had been kidnapped and tortured, two Vons employees testified Monday. "He said, 'I know something you don't know,' " co-worker Martha Garcia told jurors. "He said that she was handcuffed . . . He said that he thought that she was dead and tortured."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
So struck was Michael Dally's hairstylist by the murder defendant's comments and swagger, Julie Ertman started taking notes. Testifying in Dally's murder trial Friday, Ertman recalled how the defendant, a client of two years, told of reading news accounts of his wife's disappearance to his two young sons Devon and Max.
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