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teenagers to drink and “make out” around Griffen’s pond in Peekskill. (Tr. at 17, 19, 20, 22, 34, 36, 169.) Crime Scene Investigation 9. The victim was found in the supine position naked from the waist down excepting her socks; her breasts were exposed from under her shirt and sweatshirt, and she was partially covered with leaves. Her jeans and underwear 2 were rolled into a ball between her legs, and her shoes were at her feet. (Tr. at 33-34, 37, 189-191, 1276-1278.) She had been beaten, raped and strangled. (Tr. at 1283-1287, 1291-1302, 1305-1309.) 10. The clothes that remained on the victim were positioned unusually. While the victim’s right arm was inserted into her right sleeve, the rest of the sweatshirt was rolled over and mixed with dirt. One of her pant legs was inside out, and dried dirt on her shoes was thicker on her toe than on her heel on the right shoe and thicker on the heel than the toe on the left shoe. (Tr. at 189, 248-49, 1278-79, 1311.) A note written by the victim, 2 The victim’s underwear had a sanitary napkin secured in place. See Forensic Science Laboratory Report No. 89-440 (Aug. 23, 1990). 4
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stating in part, “Dear Freddie, those eyes, they kill me,” was found under the victim’s body. (Tr. at 23-24, 244-45, 1490.) It was later determined that the intended recipient was a boy named Freddie Claxton. Mr. Claxton was in the same sophomore class as the victim at Peekskill High School and lived in an apartment complex near Griffens Pond. He was dating another girl at Peekskill High School, Ruth Vega. 3 (Tr. at 26-27.) 11. The Medical Examiner, Louis Roh, and his assistant, Ken Mangrone, were called to the scene. With Dr. McGurty, the police surgeon, they formally pronounced the victim dead at 1:08 p.m. on November 17, 1989. (Tr. at 37, 1279.) Before the victim’s body was removed, they observed bloody discharge coming from the victim’s vaginal area and fecal material in the anal region. (Tr. at 1277-78.) 12. The crime scene was littered with a great deal of debris, including empty beer and soda bottles, broken glass, cigarette butts, and gum wrappers. (Tr. at 18-20, 188, 1277.) 13. There were three distinct areas that the police identified in which they believed that various elements of the attack had transpired. Photographs and detailed sketches were made of all three, and a comprehensive grid search was conducted at each to find evidence connected to the rape and murder. (Tr. at 192, 196-98, 225, 282-85.) The first, “Scene 1,” was the macadam path where the police believed that the victim first encountered the perpetrator; it was determined that he likely tackled her from behind, forcing her onto her stomach (Tr. at 32.) The police found a cassette player, a cassette, and the bag the victim had been carrying with her camera and camera accessories at “Scene 1.” (Tr. at 38-39, 213-14, 237, 267-68.) 3 In her statement to the Peekskill Police Department on November 27, 1989, Ruth Vega stated that she was dating Freddy Claxton at the time that the victim was murdered, and that her sister, Zorida Vega, was closer friends with the victim than she was. Zorida Vega was questioned the same day and confirmed the information that Ruth Vega had provided; she added that the victim had previously mentioned Freddy Claxton’s eyes.
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