Toni’s son, Lynn Compton, accompanied Mary Sesso to the bank the next morning. After the box was drilled open by a locksmith, they discovered that most of the cash was missing. One of the bank pouches contained only a penny. The other contained about $1100 in bundles. Each of the bundles had $100 bills on the outside but were filled with $1 bills. According to photographs taken several days later of the labels binding the bundles, the bundles each contained a hundred single bills.
Sesso testified that the bundle was stamped “October,” yet she no longer had the wrappers by the time of trial. The part of the stamp showing the month is not visible in the photographs of the bundles, although the day, year, and the San Angelo bank’s name were visible.
Toni Compton said that her relationship with her father was very good but that her relationship with her mother was only fair
San Angelo bank employee Rebecca George supervised several events involving the safe deposit box. She had rented the box to the Sessos and Toni Compton in . She had assisted Toni Compton in opening the box on . George also viewed the contents of the box on , at Lynn Compton’s insistence about two minutes after the box was opened. George testified that Mary Sesso and Lynn Compton were very upset after viewing the contents of the box and ended the rental within minutes. Bank records showed that Toni Compton had also opened the box on . There is no record of anyone else opening the box at any other time.
George testified that the safe deposit boxes open with the use of two keys – a “guard key” used by a bank employee and the customer’s key.
One of the bundles of bills was stamped as being from the San Angelo bank on
Lynn Compton testified that, after learning his mother had previously opened the box, he called to speak to her. He testified that Johnny Compton, his stepfather, told him that Toni Compton was busy, but that he heard his mother screaming, “Whatever he’s saying, he’s lying.” Lynn Compton testified that the Comptons had made several purchases after , including a new wooden floor, new furniture, a cement mixer, a barn, a stove, a water purification system, a redwood deck, and a Suburban with leather interior. He testified that Johnny Compton said that the Suburban payments were $480 per month. He testified that he when they returned from Del Rio with the cash. He also testified that, since , he had bought both a new home (with no downpayment because Woosa of his disabled veteran status) and a new car, both with financing.
Toni Compton testified that her parents were looking to move from Del Rio in part because of a disagreement with their daughter-in-law, who also lived in Del Rio. Toni Compton said that her parents liked the apartment that Johnny Compton’s mother had in San Angelo and investigated various retirement communities in that city.
Toni Compton testified that, although her parents were encouraged to invest the proceeds of the house sale, her mother insisted on keeping the funds in cash. She testified that her mother held the cash overnight before they opened the safe deposit box. Toni Compton testified that she could not be sure how much money was actually placed in the box. Because Mary Sesso requested that something other than cash be put in the box, Toni added two strands of pearls. She testified that Mary Sesso gave her one of the safe deposit keys in when they rented the box.