|SAN DIEGO EDUCATION
|The Stephanie Crowe
San Diego Union Tribune Report
Twelve-year-old Stephanie Crowe was
found stabbed to death on her
bedroom floor Jan. 21, 1998.
But the family's nightmare had only just
begun. In the weeks to follow her
brother, Michael, then 14, and two of
his friends, Joshua Treadway and
Aaron Houser, were charged with
conspiring to kill her.
Those charges were dropped before
trail in February 1999 after last-minute
DNA testing found spots of Stephanie's
blood on a sweatshirt worn by a
transient seen in the neighborhood the
night of the killing.
The development forced detectives
and prosecutors to start the
investigation anew -- and raised
questions about the handling of the