Hannah Anderson, Dimaggio's sister speaks out

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 12:33pm

The sister of double murder and kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio is speaking out for the first time in her late brother's defense. Lora DiMaggio says she's not convinced her brother is guilty of the crimes police accuse him of and she questions Hannah Anderson's role in the case, Miguel Marquez reports.

In a contentious interview, Lora DiMaggio, "How do you know that he did it would be my question for you."

Speaking exclusively to CNN's Piers Morgan, the sister to James DiMaggio, the man killed in a shootout with the FBI in the Idaho wilderness after kidnapping Hannah Anderson. Investigators say he tortured and murdered her mother Christina and 8 year-old brother Ethan before setting fire to his own house.

Lora DiMaggio, "I would like to remind you that at this point my brother is still a suspect, he is not a killer, he is accused. And again it is alleged."

Lora DiMaggio holds out the possibility her 40 year-old brother is a victim, casting blame on 16 year-old Hannah Anderson, "The Hannah Anderson that I saw a few nights ago on TV is certainly not the girl that stayed in my home 3 weeks prior to them disappearing."

Piers Morgan, "What do you mean?"

Lora DiMaggio, "I remember very vividly telling my brother, she's trouble. I said, you need to watch our for that one. She's trouble."

Last week, Hannah Anderson broke her silence in an interview on NBC, where she insisted it was all James DiMaggio's doing, "He was picking me up from cheer camp and he didn't know the address or what, like where I was, so I had to tell him the address and tell him that I was going to be in the gym and not in front of the school just so he knew where to come get me."

Lora DiMaggio,, while offering no evidence, disputes that, "In my heart of hearts, I think that Hannah perhaps got herself into a situation that she couldn't get herself out of. And I do believe that my brother gave his life to protect her."

Finally DiMaggio says she wants to see more evidence from investigators, evidence not likely to come as the investigation is closed.

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