VALLEJO — The third week of the prosecution case got under way Tuesday for a woman who faces two murder charges for a pair of 2007 “thrill-kill” shootings of random strangers.
Paige T. Linville, 29, is accused of killing two women, one in Cordelia and one in Dixon.
Christina Baxley, 41, a single mother of two, was shot multiple times on the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2007, while walking her dog Snowy in front of her Dixon apartment during her lunchtime break from her job at the Dixon Tribune newspaper. Several hours earlier, Amber L. Chappell, 34, was also shot and killed on Ramsey Road in Cordelia.
Testimony from Dixon police about the investigation into Baxley’s killing described the break investigators got in the case more than a month after the killings.
A phone call to Dixon police from a relative of a rival to Paige’s boyfriend broke the case. The caller named Linville as the culprit. The relative’s boyfriend, Mario Moreno, joined Linville in both killings. Moreno has already pleaded no contest to manslaughter charges for the killings in exchange for testifying against Linville.
Dixon investigators looked up Linville’s driving records, discovered she owned a gray Infiniti car that matched a car seen driving repeatedly past the apartment complex where Baxley was gunned down. A Dixon resident who saw a car speeding from the shooting scene told police he was “100 percent sure” the Infiniti was Linville’s.
Within two days of the phone call, both Linville and Moreno were behind bars.
The details of Baxley’s autopsy took up much of the afternoon’s testimony in Linville’s jury trial.
Baxley had been shot four times. Three of those gunshots struck Baxley’s upper body. As prosecutor Krishna Abrams displayed autopsy pictures while questioning the doctor who performed the autopsy, Linville looked fidgety and nervous.
Prosecutors believe Moreno killed Chappell and later Linville walked up to Baxley and opened fire on her.
Moreno is expected to testify against Linville when the trial resumes Wednesday morning in the court of Judge Allan P. Carter.
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