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‘Rockefeller’ said to have been seen digging in yard

LOS ANGELES — The trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the con man charged with murder in California who was also convicted of kidnapping his young daughter under the fake name of Clark Rockefeller in Boston in another case, took a dramatic turn Tuesday when a former police officer told the jury that a neighbor reported seeing Gerhartsreiter digging in the backyard where the ­remains of slaying victim John Sohus would be found years ­later.

Further raising the stakes in the case that has drawn worldwide attention, another witness testified in Los Angeles Superior Court that Gerhartsreiter ­invited her over to his guesthouse in San Marino, Calif., which was owned by the Sohus family, for a game of “Trivial Pursuit” in 1985 and that she noticed that someone had been digging in the backyard.

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