Over the years, letters and cards have been sent to me which I have kept and no one knew that I have saved them. These letters have been hand written and signed by Celeste; I have the original envelopes with post marks, They provide a dramatic difference in events before and after the shooting. Thus, this book gives the oppposite point of view.
It took five years to appeal Celeste's convictions and I waited for justice to be done. Now, I have compiled Celeste's letters along with trial testimony, so you can judge for yourself the findings of the jury.
The prosecution had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. Capital murder for remuneration. 2. Injury to an elderly person. Mr. Kuperman, Steven's tax attorney explained the "marital trust" and it was set in stone (irrevocable). It originated in 1998 long before Tarlton came on the scene. It is a tax shelter which the IRS required Celeste's name and social security number be on the papers so they could collect income tax on money the fund earned. Steven gave Celeste 2 houses, her cars, and personal property for her efforts. THE MARITAL TRUST DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A REASON TO HIRE TARLTON TO SHOOT STEVEN. The marital trust saved paying the IRS up to 46% in estate taxes and it surely decreased Celeste's luxurious living with Steven.
Injury to an elderly person is explained in the autopsy. The Medical Examiner, Dr. Roberto Bayardo testified; "Then I continued to examine the spleen, the kidneys, the pancreas, the adrenal glands. They were normal for - except for engorgement with blood." Everclear is 190 proof alcohol and taking 2, 3, or 4 drinks every day for a couple of years certainly did not hurt these organs. Maybe the young people lied about Steven drinking Everclear.
Dr. Petty, forensic pathologist, who testified about the slides of the autopsy said; "There is also an area of the lung that shows well in the slides that is an infracted area. -- this infracted or dead area shows that it's been there for a period of time. I can't tell you, maybe three or four or five, six days. I can't tell you exactly, but it is a difference sort of thing but indicates that these clots that have gone into his lung have gone over a prolonged period of time. It's another step in dating how long this has gone on."
Six days before Steven's death, he was in HealthSouth rehab hospital. Wanda Jenkins, case manager at HealthSouth testified; "Many times in the hospital he would not do therapy because he didn't feel like it." Steven was released from HealthSouth because Medicare will not pay unless a person is progressing in their therapy. HealthSouth said; "When Steven was home, he would be forced to walk," but these clots start in a person's legs and it hurts when you walk. There were two hospitalizations in September, 1999. Steven was found unconscious on the floor and next Steven was slumped over at the breakfast table with his eyes unreponsive. It was other signs of blood clots which passed through Steven's body probably to his lungs. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE PROVED STEVEN BEARD DIED OF NATURAL CONDITIONS OF HIS BODY WHICH DEVELOPED SINCE THE 1980S.
The Medical Examiner determined that Steven Beard died of a Pulmonary Embolism, Steven's shotgun wound was mostly healed. http://celestebeardstrial.blogspot.com/2011/09/celeste-beard-johnson-trial-errors.html