Zamora had 2nd romance, academy friend testifies

February 04, 1998|By Neal Thompson | Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Diane Zamora, the former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, accused of killing the teen-ager with whom her fiance had a one-night tryst, was unfaithful, according to testimony yesterday.

Jay Guild, also a former midshipman and once a member of Zamora's squad at the academy, told jurors that he and Zamora became romantically involved in their two months at the academy. They kissed a few times, but never slept together, and introduced each other's parents during a parents' weekend, he testified.

Guild said that his blossoming friendship with Zamora led her to confess to him about a plot to kill 16-year-old Adrianne Jones. Zamora told him her rival had died "because she deserved it," he said.

"Diane said Adrianne deserved to die because she had taken something that she knew belonged to someone else," Guild said.

And yet, he testified, Zamora and Guild became "tight" during their early days as freshmen, or "plebes." Once, he recalled, they were reprimanded when Guild was caught sitting on the edge of her bed in violation of academy rules against fraternization between male and female students.

In addition to disclosing his relationship with Zamora, Guild's testimony, for the first time, brought the role of the academy in Zamora's arrest more fully to light.

Zamora, witnesses have made clear, instigated her arrest by talking with others about Jones' death. On Monday, Zamora's former best friend, Kristina Mason, testified that Zamora told her how she and fiance David Graham, a former Air Force Academy cadet, had killed Jones.

Graham and Zamora were arrested in September 1996 and charged with bludgeoning and shooting Jones nine months earlier.

The murder has been characterized as Zamora's retribution for an alleged sexual encounter between Graham and Jones.

Guild said he befriended Zamora soon after their arrival in Annapolis July 2, 1996. One day, he testified, the two were walking around the yard trying to memorize their "rates" -- tidbits of trivia and current events plebes are required to know.

Guild said he told Zamora how his girlfriend had cheated on him xTC and didn't know what he would do if she cheated again. Guild said Zamora confided that Graham, too, had cheated on her, but she couldn't tell Guild what she would do in retaliation because that would violate the academy's honor concept.

The academy's honor concept requires midshipmen to avoid lying, cheating and stealing, and to report on others who lie, cheat or steal.

But, Guild said, Zamora eventually did tell him, "If you really want to know, I told him [Graham] to kill her."

Guild also testified that Graham grew jealous of his and Zamora's friendship and that Graham -- through Zamora -- threatened to harm Guild.

Guild's failure to tell his superiors about Zamora violated the academy's honor concept. After she was arrested, he was asked to resign.

He later enlisted in the Marines, and served eight months at Camp Pendleton, but was asked by the Marine Corps to resign.

Also yesterday, Detective Alan Patton of the Grand Prairie police department testified that the morning after Zamora's arrest -- with "almost like a sense of relief" -- Zamora dictated to him a four-page confession. "I asked her if she'd like to tell me what happened and she said yes," Patton said.

Zamora's attorneys have accused Grand Prairie police of failing to audiotape or videotape Zamora's confession and of coercing her by promising her parole and visits with Graham. Patton denied that.

He said Zamora told him that as she rode in the trunk of her car the night of Dec. 4, 1995, with Jones and Graham up front, she knew that things had gone too far but was afraid to stop. She said she hit Jones in the head with a dumbbell, Jones fled to a field and tripped, and Graham shot her twice.

According to Zamora's confession, in the months after the slaying, "I would often tell David: she didn't have to die."

Pub Date: 2/04/98

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