Devlin Weaver & Daelin Fregia
Weaver ADORED her younger brother, Daelin Fregia. On
2003, she and her brother would be killed in terrible and tragic way,
a man who was out to get their mother, Erin Weaver.
met while in rehab and fell in
had a past in which he had been physically abusive to his girlfriends, the
Erin Weaver was to be no
predict that this
pattern of abuse would have such a horrific outcome? Sometimes, abuse
be directed at one person only to be suffered by others.
child, Devlin - a
beautiful little girl, from a previous relationship, Erin started to
Mark and a short time later became pregnant with her second child,
Trying to be a family become very hard for Erin because of the
abuse she was suffering. During the summer of 2002, Erin had been
enough and made the decision to end the relationship with Mark. Custody
of Daelin would be shared by the two parents.
after she left
him, Mark was looking through the window of her home and saw her with
man. After breaking into the house, he choked Erin and though she was
he dragged her out of the house, only letting her go after neighbors
the police. Mark was arrested and was out on bail by December 18, 2003.
Mark made a call to Erin asking her to go Christmas shopping with him
Toys R Us. Erin agreed to go and arranged to meet him a block
the home of her boyfriend, who she was staying with at the time. After
noticing they were going the wrong way, she asked him where he was
her and demanded that he stop the car.
Devlin to pass him
his soda and she did. Immediately when the cap was removed from the
Erin smelled gas. Mark started pouring the gas over her and when she
over at him, he was holding two lighters, it was then that he set her
fire. Grabbing the steering wheel, Erin managed to get the car to the
of the road. With the children in the back seat of the car, both Erin
Mark got out and tried to put the fire out. Erin was completely
and Mark only had a bit of fire on his pants. According to several
Mark didn't make any attempts to try to save the children, he was also
not trying to help Erin.
started to roll
backwards down a slope, Erin started chasing it screaming that he had
her babies. While Erin was trying to save her children, Mark was trying
to find a ride away from the scene. According to witnesses, Mark stole
the car of a woman who had stopped to help, pushing her daughter out of
the way and taking off in the car. When firefighters finally arrived,
found the children had both burned to death in the back seat of the
Erin suffered burns over 80% of her body, though she did survive, she
in the hospital for over a year with most of that time being spent in a
Headley, in his opening statement said that Mark was in a jealous rage
when he set Erin on fire, but, that he never intended to kill her or
children. David Headley stated that it had only been Mark's intention
in the case,
Paul Graves said that Mark had intentionally set Erin, Devlin who
was six years old and Daelin who was two years old, on fire that night
of December 18, 2003. Paul Graves added:
intended to kill
Erin Weaver. He intended to kill those kids,"
with the last image of him dousing their mother with
all over the car, then black smoke. That, ladies
gentlemen, is a
far cry from a Christmas shopping trip"
has stated that
Mark is shattered and devastated by what happened as he never intended
to kill anyone. In the past, Mark had threatened ex-girlfriends with
but, because he is not a homicidal man, he never stabbed anyone. In the
case of Erin, Devlin and Daelin, Mark had only intended to scare Erin,
the wrong weapon
and he lost control of it,"
states that Mark
only poured gas on Erin and did not splash it all over the car and the
fire was not intentional. Mark claims that Erin was high on a large
of Meth Amphetamine and while trying to push the lighters away, she
herself on fire. Mark claims it was during this time that she knocked
the bottle of gas and it spilled out onto the floor. Mark also claims
he burned his face and his hands trying to save Devlin and Daelin,
witnesses say this is not true. He says that when he looked in the car
and saw the children were dead, that is when he left the scene. Mark
arrested the next day.
Fregia has been
charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder,
great bodily injury, aggravated mayhem, kidnapping and car jacking.
also faces several enhancement and special circumstances
include committing multiple murders and killing Devlin and Daelin while
involved in mayhem. These allegations could lead Mark to death row
he would await the death penalty.
want to express my gratitude to Loralyn for calling to my attention,
story of these two precious Angels and for sending me pictures and
me to to tell their story on this site.
2007, a jury
found Mark Anthony Fregia age 39, guilty on all seven counts, the
first degree murder of Devlin and Daelin Fregia, arson, kidnapping,
mayhem, car jacking and causing great bodily injury to Erin Weaver, the
mother of the two children. The jury did not find him guilty of the
murder of Erin Weaver, instead they found him guilty of attempted
manslaughter. Mark showed no emotion as the verdicts were read.
the option of
sentencing Mark Fregia receive the death penalty for his convictions.
a week long penalty phase in the case, the jury deliberated for only
day before deciding that he would spend the rest of his life in prison,
without the possibility of parole.
of the trial will be February 8, 2008 with Superior Court Judge Mary
O'Malley handing down the sentence.
this to say:
tough, but yes,
I'm satisfied with the verdict -
as long as
gets out and does this to anyone else again."
agree with her more!
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