Teenager Is Arrested in

Slaying of Lawyer's Wife

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A teenage neighbor was arrested in the slaying of a prominent defense attorney's wife, and a newspaper reported Thursday that he clubbed her to death while looking for marijuana-growing equipment he had ordered.

Authorities would not identify the 16-year-old youth and said they were still working to determine a motive for the beating death Saturday of Pamela Vitale, the wife of lawyer and TV legal pundit Daniel Horowitz.

"Although we have a suspect, the investigation is still going on," said sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. "Much more work still needs to be done."

Vitale, 52, was slain over the weekend at the hilltop estate where the couple were building their dream home in the wealthy San Francisco suburb of Lafayette. The teenager lived down the hill on a remote canyon road. He was arrested Wednesday night.

The San Francisco Chronicle, citing an unidentified law enforcement source, reported that investigators believe the killing was related to a scheme that involved using stolen credit card numbers to fund a marijuana-growing operation.

The source said the boy had ordered equipment for the pot operation and mistakenly thought the supplies were delivered to Horowitz and Vitale's home.

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-- From News Services