Walter Lawrence Dalie Returns to OC as Suspect in 1978 Murder of Laguna Beach Architect Brent Tobey

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A Connecticut man has left that storm-battered part of the country and is expected in sunny Orange County on Labor Day. But 52-year-old Walter Lawrence Dalie didn't pack sunscreen, boardshorts and a Grisham novel. He's moving from a state prison cell to OC Jail lockup.

Extradited first by the U.S. Marshals Service to the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center, Daile is scheduled to arrive here Monday after being linked through DNA evidence to the 1978 cold case stabbing-murder of a Laguna Beach architect.

On Nov. 20, 1978, someone burst into 55-year-old Brent S. Tobey's home on Carmelita Street in Laguna Beach, stabbed him 17 times in the back of the head with a knife and fled.

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Brent S. Tobey
Later that evening, Tobey's roommate, the now deceased Roger Hylback, came by as they had planned to go out for dinner to celebrate a jury convicting the murderer of their friend Albert Willard. Hylback and Tobey were going to dinner with Willard when they found his body in his Temple Hills home. Now Hylback had found Tobey's body in his bedroom--and a pool of his own blood.

Hylback was detained as a possible suspect briefly, but he was quickly ruled out. No fingerprints were found at the crime scene, and the case would go cold for Laguna Beach Police homicide investigators for the next three decades.

Dalie grew up in South County and attended Dana Hills High School in Dana Point. He lived in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in the late 1970s, and reportedly had many run-ins with the law. Around 1979 or '80, Dalie moved to Connecticut with his wife. They divorced shortly after that.

In March 1986, then 27-year-old Dalie was sentenced to 50 years in Connecticut state prison for the bludgeoning death of his live-in girlfriend, Mary E. Carrington, whose beaten body was found in the office of her father's Mr. Steak restaurant in Newington.

In 2002, items from the Laguna Beach crime scene were sent to the Orange County Crime Laboratory for analysis. The lab discovered one sample had foreign DNA, so it was submitted to local, state and national DNA databases in hopes of finding a match.

In 2003, Connecticut legislators passed a law requiring convicted felons to submit DNA samples. However, the Dalie sample wasn't taken until 2009, when grant money became available to collect samples from 18,000 prisoners, according to that state's Department of Correction.

In August 2010, the OC Crime Lab was informed that Dalie's DNA matched the sample taken from Carmelita Street. Laguna Beach Police then re-opened their investigation, which would include interviewing Dalie in Connecticut. He admitted to having known Tobey, but he did not cop to the murder, according to police.

Dalie was charged on Feb. 23 with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery and a sentencing enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon. The case Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit will present in court will allege that then-19-year-old Dalie went to Tobey's home to rob him but killed him instead.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.


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tommy
tommy

hey rock jones, where can the public record be accessed, and who where the other two he snitched on ? any one know ?

tommy
tommy

knew of him in high school, not well though, google his name and you will find he is convicted of numerous robberies and murder, he should be taken out of society permantly

tommy
tommy

He was a paid informant who set up his 2 friends for murder, when he was guilty of doing the very same thing, hope the snitch has fun in prison

Juneman
Juneman

My boy did enough time let him go.

Juneman
Juneman

I know one thing he made sure I ate everyday good plus get baked everyday,that's my boy, Romo

Rock Jones44
Rock Jones44

Mr. Dalie was an informant for the OCDA's office at the time of this murder in 1978. During that month, Mr. Dalie was instrumental in the investigation of a very notable murder trial of a gay man, was in contact with the DA and other authorities on a daily basis, and was testifying in court on a regular basis. This was from approximately November 1979 until he helped gain the conviction sometime in 1981. Point is, he was not out of sight of the authorities for very long. He had even been arrested for something similar during this time. What went wrong? This is all public record.

Joe
Joe

This guys innocent!  White people do not commit crimes in the O.C.!

Guest
Guest

That'll hold his dumb ass.  Worthless fuck doesn't deserve to ever see a minute of freedom again.

Rock Jones
Rock Jones

It's been so long that it may have been expunged or...??? One of the men is doing "life without the possibility of parole" and I am very cloe to the other, who was released about a year and a half ago.

Rock Jones44
Rock Jones44

I hope he has nothing on you. Your boy is an informant.

Intrigued
Intrigued

How do you know all this Rock? Where are the public records you're talking about?

Gowest3167
Gowest3167

I knew and went to high school with both Mr. Dalie and the two young men in that trial. I attended the trial of the two young men from 1979 to 1981. Both were convicted on the testimony of Mr. Dalie. One was sentenced to Life without the possibility of parole, the other a life sentence.

Rock Jones
Rock Jones

I, too, knew all 3 of them. I was there for the proceedings. I don't care enough to spend the time researching, but if you can access public records from the time of the court proceedings, from approx. mid 1979 to 1981, I'm sure you can find them.

ScaryTerry
ScaryTerry

Juneman - I knew weird before he was locked up, back in CT and he was always very good to me, too. In fact, over the 30 or so years or so that i've known him. he has never been anything but kind to me, in or out of that place!  He had a huge impact on my life and always will.  Remember me? i've been trying to get ahold of him..  Something is not right about this. Hope you are well!  All the best from RI

"Rock," I would also like to know where these purported records you so cavalierly refer to are.  I know that our elected officials and law enforcement officers never have anything but the purest intentions, so there is not a chance that there are underlying motives for this perplexing twist of events.  I am not for a moment going to pretend I believe there is any basis to these charges, nor can I make myself believe that the technology was not available to process this mysterious DNA until 2010. I don't know what you're peddling, but you're pushing it way too hard, bud....

Juneman
Juneman

I was locked up wit weird he was a good dude then,Tomorrow.

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