Jurors hear final remarks in trial of woman accused of robbery and murder of Kerman couple

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Jurors heard closing remarks Thursday in the trial of a woman accused in the robbery and murder of a Kerman couple. (KFSN)

Jurors heard closing remarks Thursday in the trial of a woman accused in the robbery and murder of a Kerman couple. Deputies said 41-year-old Dawn Singh was the getaway driver during the 2009 double homicide.

Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Gabriel Brickey told jurors Singh was way more than a ride when the throats of Gary and Sandra DeBartolo were slashed during a robbery.

"She did her homework. That is not just a getaway driver. She did her homework. Grab the lady-- and the second statement, they've been married 30 years."

Cell phone records and statements from two other accomplices also put Singh at the crime scene that July morning. She parked two houses away and then circled the neighborhood while she waited.

Defense attorney Eric Green described each person's role in the double murder-- including his client's.

"Dawn Singh didn't kill anybody. Dawn Singh never got out of the car. Dawn Singh never commanded anyone in that car to kill anybody. Dawn Singh did not provide weapons to these people."

Singh is accused of taking three of the suspects to and from the Kerman crime scene. But she is being charged with robbery and murder-- under the law that's allowed if a person is killed during the commission of a felony or attempted felony.

Still, Singh's attorney alleges she had no idea of what was going on inside the DeBartolo's home that morning.

"I don't think the driver in this situation is a major participant. Because a major participant would require more evidence than just driving the car," said Green.

Singh is the first defendant to be tried in the case. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies were watching the home at the time of the double murder after receiving a tip that the couple was running a large home grow.

Singh is accused of leading officers on a chase from Kerman to Fresno at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour when she crashed and was arrested.

Gary's wallet was also found in her back seat.

Three other defendants have already reached plea deals in the case to testify against her. Singh turned down a deal that would have given her up to 25 years in prison. But the risk now at trial is her latest exposure which is life without parole.
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