2 Plead Not Guilty in Theft of Porsche Part From Walker-Rodas Crash
Two men pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that they stole part of the totaled Porsche that was towed from the scene of fiery crash that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas.
Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 25, entered not guilty pleas in San Fernando Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The two men were each charged with one felony count of grand theft and two misdemeanors counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.
Their arraignment hearing came the same day that the county coroner’s office issued full autopsy reports for Walker and Rodas, saying the Porsche had been traveling at more than 100 mph before it crashed.
After the Nov. 30 single-car collision in Santa Clarita, a witness saw a man grab a red roof panel from the Porsche when the tow-truck transporting the wreckage was stopped at a red light, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A sheriff’s deputy had earlier told Witty and Janow they could take any part of the vehicle, according to prosecutors.
After his arrest in December, an Instagram account registered to a Jameson Witty included an apology to Walker’s family and an explanation for the theft.
“My intentions for the piece I took off the tow truck were to make a memorial out of it,” the message read.
“Paul was a childhood idol to me and many. At the time I was not thinking about the consequences it could have, I never wanted it to be like this I wasn’t going to sell the piece to make a profit.”
Witty’s parents had said their son didn’t think he was doing something bad.
The pair’s next court date was set for Feb. 25, according to the DA’s office.