SAN JOSE -- Emotions spilled into a courtroom hallway Wednesday as the family of the alleged prostitute accused of being an accessory to the murder of a Monte Sereno multimillionaire expressed outrage at the prosecutor who has kept the evidence against Raven Dixon secret and is considering expanding the charges against her.
"Her credibility is being torn up!" said Dixon's mother, Sandra Mitchell, pushing away a family member who tried to silence her. "Raven wanted me to tell the truth and I did."
Dixon, 22, who had a relationship with Ravi Kumra since she was a minor, would never hurt the man, Mitchell said. Kumra, 66, once owned Saratoga's Mountain Winery concert venue and was known by his former business associates to entertain prostitutes at his mansion. Mitchell also said that her daughter never met any of the three men who appeared in court Wednesday and are accused of breaking into the Monte Sereno estate on Nov. 30, robbing Kumra of cash, coins and jewelry, and killing him. Kumra's wife, Harinder Kumra, was beaten.
Dixon didn't appear in court Wednesday. She told her lawyer she was too upset for her family to see her. During her previous court appearances, Dixon has whimpered throughout the hearings.
After repeated requests by defense attorneys to unseal the evidence, Kevin Smith, deputy district attorney, said he will provide Friday the "statement of facts" that led to the arrest of Dixon and the three alleged killers:
Dixon remains jailed on $1 million bail. She is charged with one count of accessory to murder for allegedly harboring at least one of the killers after the murder. But Smith said Wednesday he is considering whether to expand or add charges to "better reflect" her alleged involvement. Law enforcement sources have told this newspaper that Dixon helped set up the crime as well.
"We have nothing showing us why she's being charged," Dixon's lawyer, Denise Zingale, said in the courthouse hallway Wednesday. "Now he's talking about adding more charges, which is very unfair."
Zingale said she believes the prosecution has been withholding evidence while they search for others who may have been involved. Kumra's widow told police that at least one or as many as four men had broke into the house.
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