Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2001, 6:10 a.m.
Biological father recounts affair
with Kristine Fitzhugh
Robert Brown's credibility
by Bill D'Agostino
Palo Alto murder victim Kristine Fitzhugh's former lover testified
in her husband's murder trial yesterday saying the two had a longtime
affair that produced a son, Justin Fitzhugh.
Robert Brown told jurors in a packed Palo Alto courtroom that
during a telephone conversation in December of 1999 or January of
2000, Kristine invited him to Justin's upcoming college graduation.
She also told him that she planned to finally tell Justin the true
identity of his biological father.
Kristine Fitzhugh was murdered in her home on May 5, 2000 two
weeks before Justin's graduation from the University of the Pacific
in Stockton. Kristine's husband, Kenneth Fitzhugh, is on trial for
The prosecution is arguing that Kenneth Fitzhugh killed his wife
of 33 years to bury the secret about Justin's paternity. Brown's
testimony is essential to prove this theory, but his credibility
was damaged in court.
On the stand, Brown admitted that he's a disbarred attorney with
a criminal past (including a felony for auto theft). Also, his version
of events during the trial often contradicted earlier statements
he made to police and investigators.
In direct examination, Brown's recounted the entire history of
his complicated relationship with the Fitzhugh family.
Robert Kenneth Brown met the married but still childless Kristine
and Kenneth Fitzhugh in the late 1960s when both men worked for
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego.