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Natalie Wood Investigation

Exercise in Futility

11/22/2011 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Natalie Wood & Robert Wagner

Sources in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office are scratching their heads over the Natalie Wood death investigation, because they say there's no way the D.A. is going to prosecute Robert Wagner or anyone else.

Although the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. says Robert Wagner is not a suspect, it's pretty clear -- as the last person to see Natalie Wood alive --  he's the target of the probe. 

Under California law, even if Wagner accidentally pushed Natalie into the dark water ... the most he could be charged with is involuntary manslaughter.  But here's the problem -- there's a statute of limitations of 3 years for that crime, so prosecutors would have had to file charges 27 years ago.   Ditto voluntary manslaughter, which has a statute of limitations of 3 years.

The only crime for which anyone could be prosecuted is first degree murder, because there's no statute of limitations.   Remember, there are no possible witnesses other than Robert Wagner.  Short of a bizarre confession, D.A. sources say there's no chance of a prosecution.  BTW, there's a 6-year statute of limitations on second degree murder.

As for why the Sheriff is investigating the death ... one D.A. source said, "It's an exercise in futility.  I just don't get it."

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46.

Kaffee    

Even if this happened yesterday, RJ would not be punished. He's a big star and we all know that means a free pass. This is all for show, like the police don't know celebrities can do anything they want without worry of prosecution or jail time.

1004 days ago
47.

Jomica Man    

As disturbing to think that someone got away with being responsible with someone's death, as may be the case here with Wagner. There is not enough evidence, even with today's technology to file any charges. Robert Wagner knows full well what happened that night and will take that to his grave, as will Walken. They join a growing group of slim that got away with either murder or directly resulted in someone dying, perhaps not pulling her out of the water. The DA's office knows not consider any week attempt to go forward. Case close, let it go, as tough as it really is.

1004 days ago
48.

lsingy    

A bit off topic, but I remember 2 years ago when I stood over Natalie Woods grave, I was shocked at the condition, the ground has pushed it up so the stone is totally askew, covered w/ weeds, dirt, branches. I found it strange that no one kept it somewhat cleaned, just seemed weird especially as all the others were kept up. It seemed to scream "no one gives a ****...." just struck me as odd...

1004 days ago
49.

Realist    

Hahahaha look at the halfwit TMZ readers foaming at the mouth over eluded to "facts" from a drunk who just happens to be selling a book. Then, TMZ tries to whip up the furor with this stupidity. I especially love the hair brained conspiracy theories everyone is coming up with. Here, I have one too. Maybe Natalie went out to get some air and was abducted by aliens. After they were done probing her, they took her for icecream. She was allergic to nuts, and accidentally ate rockyroad icecream. The aliens freaked out, not wanting to go to jail, so in a hurry to try to get her back on the boat, they missed and dropped her in the water. Ooops.

See how stupid that sounds? That's how stupid all the rest of your conjecture sounds.

1004 days ago
50.

Realist    

and since when is Robert Wagner a "Big Star!"? Hahahahaha that's like calling saying ****ner is an excellent actor.

1004 days ago
51.

ManiacalZebra    

We all know why it's being investigated now. The book wasn't selling well enough. Pressure was put on to investigate to help book sales. It was written in a way that would make the cops look bad if they didn't investigate. They investigate to save face. The book sales jump. Everyone's happy.

1004 days ago
52.

Steve    

Even though RJ will not face judgement here, but in after life, he will face that judgemnet.

1004 days ago
53.

Will always LOVE RJ    

I heard Jill St John is chitting her depends over this

1004 days ago
54.

Bec215    

It's shocking to me that anyone would think it's worthless to investigate a possible murder, even if charges cannot be brought. The DA can't charge anything - but that doesn't mean a crime wasn't committed... and also, what about civil penalties? Wood's family deserves answers... screw everyone else.

1004 days ago
55.

anonymous    

How do we know that RJ is the last person to see Natalie Wood??????????????? Maybe that boat captain Dennis Davern saw her last. Davern's guilt may have led to his book.

1004 days ago
56.

IceGypsy    

Finding out may bring closure to her family, but at what cost? If they can't do anything about it why are they wasting precious time and money on that case when they could be working on things far more important.

1004 days ago
57.

Tony Bowman    

I have a question to the DA's office. If there was found out to be evidence of witness tampering, would that over-ride the statute of limitations? Why else would a law enforcement agency re-open a case that is technically closed? It would serve them no purpose...it looks bad on their record.

1004 days ago
58.

Where's KOOKY?    

I can't believe Robert Wagner will never be held accountable for the death of Natalie Wood. Just count him in the group of Hollywood bigwigs who have gotten away with murder: OJ, Robert Blake, William ****ner....

1004 days ago
59.

Politico Pablo    

Is there a statute of limitations on being an as*hole? Maybe RJ should stands for a Real Jerk.

1004 days ago
60.

Throwback kid    

Maybe Walken had a flashback from the russian roulette scene in the water from Deer Hunter and thought she was a viet kong and threw her off the boat?

1004 days ago
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