In CNN interview, sister of James DiMaggio said she told her brother Hannah Anderson was 'trouble'
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SAN DIEGO - In an interview with CNN, the sister of James DiMaggio said despite what authorities are saying, she found it hard to believe that her brother kidnapped a 16-year-old Lakeside teen and murdered her mother and younger brother.
During the conversation with CNN's Piers Morgan, Lora DiMaggio cast doubt on authorities', as well as the teen's, account of events.
Lora DiMaggio said weeks before the murder and kidnapping, she warned her brother about Hannah Anderson.
"I remember very vividly telling my brother, she's trouble," she told Morgan. "I said, you need to watch out for that one, she's trouble."
Deputies say James tortured and killed Hannah's mother and brother, Christina and Ethan. Deputies also believe that he set his home on fire, kidnapped Hannah and took her to the Idaho wilderness.
James DiMaggio was later shot and killed by FBI agents, about 1,000 miles away from his Boulevard home.
Lora DiMaggio maintained, however, that there are many holes in the case.
"The only evidence that has come forward at this point is the fact the two bodies were found on his property," she said during the interview. "There's a lot of missing information. I have yet to see any solid evidence."
Lora DiMaggio also said she thinks her brother was somehow helping Hannah.
"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," she said.
Lora DiMaggio would not specify why Hannah may have needed protection. She also pointed to Hannah's behavior in recent days compared to a few weeks ago.
"I know that the Hannah Anderson that I saw a few nights ago on the TV is certainly not the girl that stayed in my home three weeks prior to them disappearing," she said, referring to Hannah's first TV interview with NBC last week.
When pressed by Morgan, she would not provide details.
"I don't know, I don't want to bash anyone," she said. "It's certainly not my intent to come on here and bash anyone."
Watch and read more of the interview here: James DiMaggio's sister to Piers Morgan: Hannah Anderson was 'trouble'
Family no longer seeks kidnapped Calif. teen's DNA
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Lora DiMaggio said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.
Lora DiMaggio said Tuesday that she hasn't asked for DNA to determine if her brother fathered the children and she doesn't plan to. Last week, a DiMaggio family spokesman said she wanted DNA of Hannah and Ethan.
Lora DiMaggio said the request was prompted by rumors that her brother fathered the children but that she doesn't think a test is needed.