A judge said Friday he agrees with a jury's death penalty recommendation for David Westerfield for the kidnap-murder of seven-year-old Danielle van Dam
"The court finds that weight of the evidence as outlined above supports the jury's verdict of death," he said. "The motion to modify the sentence is hereby denied."
Mudd then declared a brief recess to read a probation report and then began hearing testimony from the girl's parents. He was then expected to formally sentence Westerfield to death.
"I am so thankful to have been blessed with Danielle, to have had seven years with her," her mother, Brenda, tearfully told the court.
Earlier, Westerfield showed no emotion but the girl's mother burst into tears as the judge recounted how her daughter's body was found naked and missing teeth.