Mom of cam-girl wife testifies on behalf of accused killer husband

November 20, 2020 

The mother of an Alabama cam-girl allegedly bludgeoned to death with an absinthe bottle by her husband testified in defense of the accused killer Friday, saying her daughter was a heavy drinker who had problems stopping herself once she started indulging.

William Jeffrey West, 47, has pleaded not guilty in the January 2018 death of Kathleen Dawn West, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom who lived a double life as "Kitty Kat West" on an adult subscription-only website.

Police said West, whose body was found naked except for a sports bra, died of blunt force trauma from being hit in the head with a bottle of Lucid absinthe by her husband on Jan. 12, 2018, an arrest warrant shows.

But West's attorney insists the heavily intoxicated mother died from striking her head during an accidental fall. Her mother, Nancy Martin, took the stand on the fourth day of her son-in-law's murder trial Friday and told jurors her daughter was a problem drinker, reported.

"She could not drink just one drink," Martin said during questioning by defense attorney John Robbins.

Martin testified her daughter would "be up drinking" long after anyone else who joined her while imbibing - and frequently ran around or even danced outside once she was inebriated.

Martin said her daughter would typically go outside while drunk without wearing shoes or fully clothed, behaviors she witnessed in Florida and in Calera, Alabama, where she lived with her husband.

West's mother said she last saw her daughter alive two days before she was found dead. Martin and her husband, John, took her to a follow-up doctor's visit after getting a breast job six weeks earlier, she testified.

Martin - the lone witness for the defense -- said she next saw West at a funeral home, where her husband broke down while picking out a casket, reported.

Kat WestFacebook

"I know it hurt me," Martin said during her 30-minute testimony. "But I can't imagine how he felt."

Earlier Friday, a state medical examiner testified that the two-inch wound to West's skull did not appear to have been caused by a fall. The force of the blow pushed the woman's brain into its stem, pathologist Stephen Boudreau testified, according to the report.

"It was a considerable amount of force to cause an injury like that," Boudreau told jurors. "Scalp wounds bleed like mad ... [the brain is] a very vascular structure."

Boudreau, who said West died from blunt force trauma, testified it wasn't likely she was fatally wounded from falling, particularly since she was just 5-foot-2 inches tall.

Asked directly about the object he believed killed West, Boudreau replied: "Whatever it was had an edge but it wasn't sharp."

William West told police during questioning that he went to bed after the pair both had about six drinks. Kat West then put on lingerie to take photos while he went to bed, he told police.

William West awoke the next morning as police descended upon the couple's home. A 19-year-old neighbor found her body while on her way to work, previously reported.

Jeff WestShelby County Jail

A cellphone was spotted near West's body with the green absinthe bottle on top of it, which appeared staged, according to witnesses.

Boudreau also testified Friday that her blood alcohol content level was 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit - and would have been significantly higher the night before.

West, meanwhile, had been expected to testify in the trial, but decided against it after consulting with his family. Prosecutors rested their case following Boudreau's testimony, reported Friday.

Latest News

November 25, 2020
Live Updates: Georgia Dems to resume door-to-door canvassing amid pandemic

Georgia's Democratic Senate candidates will resume door-to-door canvassing amid the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the January runoff Senate elections, according to reports. Many Democratic Party candidates halted the traditional canvassing method before the 2020 presidential election due to concerns that knocking on voters' doors could spread COVID-19. "I think the Democrats made a crucial error […]

Read More
November 25, 2020
Michigan county board supports impeachment of Democratic Gov. Whitmer

A county in northern Michigan threw its support behind a resolution put forward by three Republican members of Michigan's House of Representatives calling for the impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. Despite Michigan Speaker of the House Rep. Lee Chatfield, a fellow GOP member condemning the resolution, the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners voted […]

Read More
November 25, 2020
Car crashes into gate outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office

A car covered in protest slogans crashed into a gate protecting German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin on Wednesday. The crashed Volkswagen station wagon had the words “Stop Globalisation Politics” written in white on its right side and “You damn killers of children and old people” on the other, photos show. It was not […]

Read More
November 25, 2020
Meghan Markle reveals she suffered a miscarriage in July

Meghan Markle revealed Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in the summer — describing the “almost unbearable grief” it caused her and husband Prince Harry. The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex recalled in a personal essay for The New York Times feeling a “sharp pain” on an ordinary morning in July while changing one-year-old son Archie’s […]

Read More
November 25, 2020
Colonial Williamsburg Project Unearths Graves and Artifacts at Site of Historic Black Church

Archaeologists working in Colonial Williamsburg to unearth what life was like for the original congregants of one of the oldest Black congregations in the country have uncovered one and possibly two graves and more than 12,000 artifacts, including an ink bottle, doll fragments and coins. Digging beneath a parking lot in the Virginia city, the […]

Read More
November 25, 2020
Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales helps GOP hold Texas border district: 'My story is the American dream'

Tony Gonzales, the newly elected Republican congressman from Texas, brings to Washington a drive to tackle border security and immigration reform -- examples of thorny issues that the Navy veteran says politicians have avoided for too long. Gonzales, a Mexican-American first-time politician, will represent a majority Hispanic southern border district that Democrats unsuccessfully targeted to […]

Read More