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Details of events leading to killing revealed in court today

In a court hearing today, the prosecution in the Lauren Hayes trial painted a picture of the defendant as a promiscuous stripper who stole from men she slept with and used her sexuality to lure her victim to a violent death.

Testimony from Jason Risdal – a Cascade Shores man who called his relationship with Hayes as “purely sexual” – testified that she asked him to teach her how to shoot with his 9 mm Ruger handgun approximately a week before Lawrence Leffingwell was shot to death at Edward’s Crossing at the Yuba River Sept. 5.

He said Hayes, who he met when she was a nude dancer and agreed to have a threesome with him and another woman, asked him several times where he had hid the gun before he left for a weekend trip, the same weekend Leffingwell was killed.



The same gun was determined by the California Department of Justice months later to be the murder weapon.

Risdal’s friend Crystal Courtney also testified that Hayes asked her how to use the gun.




Testimony from several other witnesses called by the prosecution helped to secure the image of a morally depraved young woman with a muddled sense of right and wrong.


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