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Former inmates claim Waco woman confessed to murder while behind bars


Harsh words and powerful accusations by two former inmates who shared a cell with a Waco woman accused of murdering her mother. One former inmate says Yalanda Lind admitted she killed her mother. Thursday was the most animated testimony of the entire trial, as two inmates claimed they heard Lind admitting her crime while in jail.

One cell mate, Brittany Bolts, says she heard Lind talking in her sleep one day, and she said "Mama I'm sorry. I didn't mean to stab you." Lind then immediately woke up and looked to see who heard her. Bolts said all the inmates in her cell became immediately afraid of Lind after that moment.

Bolts says Lind would proudly tell other inmates she was in jail for killing her mother. She also said Lind would show other inmates her scar from the 2008 attack, but said there was nothing there to show. Bolts said while in jail Lind would read murder mysteries and watch murder movies where a killer would stab the victim with a knife.

When asked about Lind's behavior in jail, Bolts pointed at Lind from the stand and said, "That woman is the devil." That statement was immediately  followed by cheers from the gallery.
Another one of Lind's cell mates, Lori Hill, said she asked Lind one night if she killed her mother. She says Lind nodded and said yes. Hill felt it was up to her to seek justice and wrote a letter to District Attorney Abel Reyna about Lind's confession.

Both inmates also claimed that Lind would tell inmates what happened to her during the attack, but change her story every time.

Earlier in the day, a forensic consultant from Oklahoma said that based off the pattern of the blood found on Lind's shirt, he believes she was close enough to the murder weapon during the attack. He also said the pictures of the scene shows that Rebecca Leonard may have been attacked in Lind's room before dying in the hallway.

Another forensic scientist also said DNA testing shows that the blood of surviving victim Jerry Patterson was found on Lind's nightgown. He also said that none of Leonard's blood was found on the clothes of convicted murderer Jeremy Lowery.

Earlier Thursday morning a medical examiner from Dallas spoke about the autopsy she conducted on Leonard. She explained in detail that Leonard had two fatal wounds on both sides of her chest, which filled up her chest cavity with more than a liter of blood. During the explanation of Leonard's body, family members began to get emotional from their seats, but Lind showed no reaction.

The prosecution rested their case Thursday afternoon. The defense has called one expert before the day ended, and will call more witnesses Friday morning.
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