Mid's mother allegedly knew about slaying Paper says Zamora was 'forgiven'

November 16, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Diane Zamora, a former Naval Academy midshipman who is accused of conspiring with her fiance to kill a romantic rival, told a fellow cadet that she confessed to her mother about the slaying shortly after the killing and was "forgiven" for her alleged part in the crime, the Dallas Morning News reported yesterday.

Jay Guild, who is expected to testify in Zamora's murder trial, said that Zamora told him about her confession to her mother while they were classmates at the Naval Academy.

"I know that she told her mom about it," Guild was reported as saying in the Dallas paper. "She told me she told her" shortly after the Dec. 4 slaying.

Other sources familiar with the murder case also told the Dallas newspaper that the family held a prayer meeting soon after the confession at which Zamora was "forgiven" for her alleged role in the death of 16-year-old Adrianne Jones. According to the report published in the paper, relatives deemed the killing to be part of Zamora's past, distinct from her "new life" as a high school honor student bound for the Naval Academy.

But family members and a spokesman for Zamora's attorney yesterday denied the reports.

"It never happened," Sylvia Gonzalez, Zamora's aunt, said yesterday during a telephone interview. "The family did not know anything about the murder, or Diane's part in it, until after she was arrested."

Cheryl Guild, Jay's mother, reached by phone yesterday at the family home in Kankakee, Ill., said she believes she knows everything about the Zamora case as it relates to her son, a friend of Zamora's who resigned from the Naval Academy over the incident.

"He's never told me that Diane's mom knew about it," Cheryl Guild said.

Efforts to reach Jay Guild last night were unsuccessful.

Authorities say Zamora and David Graham, a former Air Force Academy cadet, have confessed to killing Jones in a remote area of Grand Prairie, Texas, one month after Graham had a sexual encounter with Jones of Mansfield, Texas. The slaying was an act that restored their "perfect and pure" relationship, according to a statement Graham made to police.

Pub Date: 11/16/96

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