Marci Kitchen Expected to Make a Plea Deal by Monday Afternoon, Says Father of Kiya Kitchen
Marci Kitchen is expected to make a plea deal by Monday afternoon, according to the father of one of the victims. A Humboldt County courtroom has been scheduled this afternoon at 3 p.m. for Kitchen’s case.
Kitchen was charged with the hit and run deaths of her daughter, Kiya, and another 14-year-old, Faith Tsarnas. A vehicle struck the two young girls on July 12, 2016. Kitchen is alleged to have been intoxicated and driving the vehicle at the time.
Joe Kitchen, Marci’s ex-husband and father to Kiya, said he was contacted by a victim advocate on Thursday and told that Ms. Kitchen was pleading guilty.
According to another source close to the family, Marci has agreed to plead guilty to all the charges against her. On September 18, family members of the two girls would have an opportunity to speak out about the anguish and the loss of their loved one. The Judge would then sentence Ms. Kitchen.
Joe Kitchen and his son Jevin, who was set to be a witness for the prosecution, plan to be at this afternoon’s meeting at the courthouse.
“It’s about those two innocent girls,” Joe Kitchen said. “Marci is going to enter a plea of guilty…That ain’t right…She should be held accountable for murder…There should be no deal.”
He added, “The only reason she is admitting guilt is for her own sake. It’s not because she feels guilty.”
Kitchen is concerned about his 19-year-old son, Jevin. “My son is freaking out,” he explained. “We are supposed to be moving him down this weekend to Sacramento [to go to college]…He wants to stand up on that stand and let everyone know [what happened].”
His voiced cracked. “When you’ve got a 6’4″ son crawling in your arms,” he said and he trailed off with “all the pain and all the anger… .”
Jevin Kitchen also wanted to speak out. He told us he’s trying to build a life for himself but, he said, “It is difficult when Mom keeps bringing me back.”
He said he was “baffled” by his mother’s guilty plea. “She’s taking the easy way [so she can get a] reduced sentence.”
Jevin said he needed a chance to tell what had happened and, with a guilty plea, he was worried that his opportunity to speak out might not occur. “She’s not even getting a trial,” he said. “That’s not right…The truth needs to come out.”
He said before Faith and Kiya were killed, “In my eyes, my mom was a good mom. She would do anything for us. Then this happened. It seems like she only cares about herself.”
Jevin said that he will find a way to tell his story. “Regardless of what happens, I am going to make sure everybody knows what happened that night through my eyes…She’s gotten away with too much.”
If the sentencing occurs on September 18 as is planned, Jevin said, “I’m going to have to leave college and sit on the stand to say my testimony. But, I’m kind of used to stuff like this now.”
Links to earlier stories:
- Hit and Run: Child Injured in Fortuna
- Two Teenage Girls Killed by Hit and Run Driver
- Witness May Have Seen Vehicle Fleeing Last Night’s Fatal Hit and Run
- Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run Death of Teens Found Near Home of Mother of One of the Teens
- CHP Confirms They’ve Recovered Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit and Run at One of the Victim’s Residences
- Driver of Vehicle in Tuesday’s Hit and Run Has Contacted Law Enforcement
- A Candlelight Vigil for the Two Young Girls Tragically Killed in a Hit and Run Accident
- Grief Counseling Offered at Fortuna Middle School
- Good Progress’ Learning About Death of Fortuna Teens, Says CHP Spokesperson
- 911 Call Reporting the Hit and Run Which Left Two Girls Dead Last Week; Warning, This Is Graphic Audio
- CHP Asks For Help Finding Two Suspected in Hit and Run Deaths of Two Teenagers
- Suspect’s Attorneys Refute CHP’s Press Release
- Kiya Suzanne Kitchen: Full of Life and Love
- Friends Rally Round Joe Kitchen Whose Daughter Died in Fortuna Hit and Run Accident
- Marci Kitchen Arrested and Made Bail
- Sheriff’s Office Releases Booking Photo and Charges Against Marci Kitchen
- Woman Accused of Killing Her Daughter and Her Daughter’s Friend in DUI Collision Files Claim Against Fortuna for Damages
- Father and Brother of Victim of Fortuna Hit and Run Drop Claim Against City, etc.
- After Surrendering Passport on Monday, Marci Kitchen Approved to Leave State
- ‘Enough’s Enough,’ Joe Kitchen Calls for Community to Pack Courtroom Tomorrow
- A Prayer Walk in Remembrance at the Two Year Anniversary of the Collision Which Killed Faith Tsarnas and Kiya Kitchen
- Two Years After the Hit and Run Deaths of Faith Tsarnas and Kiya Kitchen, Community Members Gather to Pray for Healing and Justice