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Family Home of Suspect in Chelsea King's Death Vandalized

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KTLA: Police received a report around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday that someone had vandalized the townhome of the parents of the man accused of murdering Poway teenager Chelsea King.

The home owned by John Albert Gardner's mother and stepfather on Matinal Road in Rancho Bernardo was spray-painted in red with a threat.

The words "Chelseas (sic) blood is on you. Move out, '' were scrawled on the home's garage door.

Resident James Ashker said he understands the strong feelings that led to the vandalism.

"You have such a monster living there and doing what he's done -- there's going to be a lot of anger," Ashker said.

"The words that were put on the garage door were vandalism, but it had a strong point. The blood is on them and they need to move out -- it is very true."

Gardner, a registered sex offender is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to answer to charges of raping and murdering King, a Poway High School senior, who vanished last week during a jogging outing in northern Rancho Bernardo.

Gardner, 30, was arrested Sunday in connection with the disappearance of the 17-year-old straight-A student and San Diego Youth Symphony French horn player.

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has said physical evidence led them to Gardner, but declined to elaborate.

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Samantha  March 4, 2010, 9:47 AM

what happened to this girl was horrible, absolutely horrible. i cannot imagine what her parents are going through. but i also believe that it is not the fault of the parents of the sick man who did it. i also cannot imagine what they are going through. i can’t imagine having to come to terms with the fact that the child you bore and loved is such a vicious monster. and then to be blamed for the murder he committed. this is so horrible, and i hope for both families to have the strength to get through this. i understand that people are angry and hurt, but i hope they remember to put the blame on the right person.

mikre May 15, 2010, 6:57 PM


Most child molesters were molested. Maybe a bit of blame does need to settle on them. When he first did this, didn’t his mom effect his release??

Lets face it his parents failed. F- on the old parent report card.

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 12:29 PM

Great post. Good reading. I’ve just got one observation to offer about funny t-shirts.

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