Friday, February 19, 2016

Judge Mallory Cooper denies me help and Making of a Murder sparks new controversy in the legal system

Former Judge Appeals Court Denies Appointment of Experts; Amended Motion Filed Alleging New Evidence.

 It has been nearly 3 years since the first post of this blog, and over 80,000 viewers later the results have been favorable. Thanks to everyone who believes in me and supports my cause, especially to those who have come forward with new information and or evidence. In 2015, 149 prisoners were exonerated, an all time high, and it is promising to see the public has interest in preventing wrongful convictions like mine.  Shows like making of a murderer on Netflix and its coverage of the Steven Avery case in Wisconsin have opened Americans eyes.

There have been 2 specific developments in my case in the last couple of months. Most recently my attorney filed an "Amended Motion for Post Conviction Relief" raising several new issues. The motion explains how the FBI and possibly the State Attorney Angela Corey misled my defense by failing to disclose the identity of an analyst who performed the blood DNA testing early in the case.
Instead my attorneys and I were lead to believe for over 14 years that another analyst was responsible for contaminating the blood DNA evidence. This topic is covered in detail in the June 6, 2015 post. If you will recall, this blood DNA tested negative for any blood DNA the first time and then miraculously contained 5 peoples blood DNA after my samples were taken.

Most importantly is the motion includes the issue of Angela Corey purposely withholding information relating to a confession of sorts made by another suspect. This was covered in the July 30, 2015 post. The seriousness of potentially allowing a man to continue walk the city speaks for itself.

If you are interested you can read the originals by clicking here on the county court house website. You will need to create an account and search my name "Robert Denney".

In other news, another legal battle has come to an end in my case. Considering the fact this case, and the current appeal revolves around DNA evidence; my attorney Rick Sichta filed for a "Motion for Appointment of Experts" asking the courts to appropriate the necessary funds to retain experts in DNA crime scene analogy and forensic pathology. Although the law favors the appointment of experts, Judge Mallory Cooper denied the motion. This means we will not be allowed the less than $5,000 needed for retesting. This may be due to the misappropriations of funds already spent on my case which total somewhere in the 5 million dollar range.

This is a major blow to my case. Even though there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest tampering and contamination, without the experts to corroborate the evidence the court will likely deny relief.  Fortunately Judge Cooper has retired and I have faith the new Judge will more fairly consider any new requests my lawyer has. Regardless after quite a bit of litigation I am left without experts needed to prove my claims simply because I am unable to afford them myself.

I expect the case to progress a lot more in 2016. Currently there is no date set for the post conviction evidentiary hearing, but there continues to be meaningful investigation into multiple leads and facets of the case. As they unfold and develop I will update every one as soon as it becomes public records. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

State Attorney Angela Corey purposely withholds evidence of possible murder suspect for 3 years.

State Attorney Angela Corey purposely withholds evidence of possible murder suspect for 3 years.

Earlier this year my attorney Rick Sichta was contacted by a person alleging that someone close to them had admitted being in a violent confrontation involving a knife with the victim, Corey Parker the night of her brutal murder. To ensure the safety of the person will not disclose names and will instead refer to them as witness and suspect.

To date, the facts surrounding this alleged confession continue to be developed. What is known thus far is that the suspect was at the Ritz nightclub with Corey Parker the night of her murder November 25-26, 1998. Several witnesses observed the suspect get in an argument with Corey Parker shortly before she left the nightclub visually upset. The suspect later gave testimony denying the argument with Corey Parker and claimed he did not see her after leaving the club. The suspects’ DNA was not tested, nor was his fingerprints compared the dozens of unidentified prints at the scene.

For years nothing more was heard about the suspect. Then in February 2015 the witness contacted my lawyer and explained that the suspect had admitted to going to Corey Parkers apartment after leaving the Ritz to follow up on the previous argument. According to the witness, the suspect claims the argument continued but got violent when he grabbed a knife, attacking Corey Parker with it before fleeing the scene. However, the suspect Corey Parker was still alive when he left. As everyone knows, Ms. Parker was found a day later stabbed to death.

To everyone’s surprise the witness had come forward in late 2011 with the allegation and was interviewed by the Head State Attorney in Jacksonville, Angela Corey. Amazingly, Angela Corey decided not to turn this new evidence over to my attorney and went to considerable effort to cover it up.

Upon learning of Angela Corey’s knowledge, Mr. Sichta filed a motion with the trial court demanding that the prosecution disclose any and all information learned since my wrongful conviction in 2005. I was transported from the prison I’m currently housed at (Mayo Correctional Institution Annex), to the Duval County Jail in Jacksonville in order to attend a court hearing.

On May 7, 2015, the State Attorney’s Office finally turned over documents and videos relating to the suspects alleged confession. Angela Corey did not attend the court hearing, leaving an assistant to explain why the evidence was withheld. Incredibly, the prosecution states they held the opinion that “nothing came of it (the confession)” and that is why it was not disclosed.

It is unclear whether the state has turned over everything it has learned since my conviction, and there is currently and investigation underway to determine if any information remains withheld. It was subsequently discovered that the suspect did submit to a voluntary DNA analysis and that his DNA does not match the 2 unidentified semen samples collected from the murder scene. However his DNA was not compared to several unidentified hairs. Sadly the reliability of the results of the testing is questionable due to the fact that Detective Billy Carlyle and Timothy Petree where responsible for handling the samples. One has to wonder if they were still using the same techniques that distorted the results from the first trial with my samples. Detective Billy Carlyle has since been fired.

Virtually nothing is known about the interview between the suspect and Angela Corey, since Angela Corey decided not to video or audio record the interview, yet she did video tape the interview of the witness. Yet another example of how Angela Corey has a discriminatory suppression of potentially exculpatory information.

While the investigation into the suspect continues, the only clear fact is that Angela Corey made a decision to cover up the undoubtedly critical information can be nothing but unethical and grossly unprofessional. This is perhaps the most glaring example of Angela Corey has willfully done and willingness to thwart justice and failure to uphold her oath as State Attorney. One has to wonder, how many other cases has she thwarted? How many other lives have been upheavaled?

Over the past several years Angela Corey has been caught red handed withholding evidence in high profile cases, retaliating unjustly against those who oppose her, and has been subject to several lawsuits and even an indictment. Yet she does so with virtual impunity since her position as an elected official grants her immunity.

I have known since my arrest in 2000 that information has been covered up, evidence has been tampered with and witnesses were intimidated and manipulated. I am certain there remains information and evidence that has never been disclosed. Whatever comes of this most recent development I can only hope Corey Parkers true murder is revealed so her family can finally know the truth while I prove my innocence and get my freedom back.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Newly Discovered Evidence

FBI admits to junk science possible evidence contamination and misleading the defense.

 Junk science:

 Recently the FBI admitted to America that its microscope hair comparison techniques used for decades was misleading and that its forensic scientists purposely over stated forensic results in a way that unfairly favored the prosecution in hundreds if not thousands of cases. Since admitting microscopic hair comparison science is essentially worthless, the FBI has been forced to confess that its scientists contributed to hundreds of thousands of Americans being unfairly prosecuted, over 30 of which were given death sentences. It is unknown how many of these convictions were of innocent individuals.

This now debunked science was used extensively in my case by the FBI and by the University of West Virginia forensic director who was formerly employed by the FBI. The analyst in this case was Max Houck.  Mr. Max Houck performed several rounds of microscopic hair comparisons spanning a five year period in order to “screen” which hairs may be suitable for subsequent DNA testing.

Ultimately analyst Max Houck testified at trial, giving an extensively detailed explanation of the microscopic structure of human hair and how he was able to determine whether specific hairs may have come from certain individuals. At my trial, the testimony given by Mr. Max Houck is exactly the type of testimony the FBI now admits is fraudulent and misleading.

It is disturbing that the FBI and analysts like Max Houck operated for decades providing juries with obviously junk science and testimony knowing the lives of the accused hangs in the balance. In this case there is no question the jury was persuaded to believe that several hairs collected from the crime scene originated from me due in part to the misleading evidence of Max Houck. Mr. Max Houck has recently resigned, (per google weblinks and weblinks #2) over lab testing blunders which had apparently continued up until 2015. Incidentally Washing DC does not like multiple peoples DNA in one sample but in Florida this is ok? Does anyone else notice some inconsistencies in policy. 

How the FBI’s revelation will affect my current appeal is unknown but it will certainly be a compelling piece of information for the court to consider, and I for one am confident it will contribute to proving my innocence.  LINK: FBI ADMITS TO DECADES OF JUNK SCIENCE!

Previously Unknown and Missing Expert;

Many of you know or remember from previous readings that the state’s first piece of evidence was a single hair root that produced a partial, mixed DNA profile containing as many as 5 peoples DNA. The FBI reported that my DNA was a major contributor to the mixture.

For nearly 14 years everyone believed that the FBI DNA Examiner Anthony Onorato was the scientist whom conducted the DNA testing of the hair root. While investigating claims for appeal my attorneys spoke to Mr. Anthony Onorato and were shocked when he confessed he was not the expert who did the testing, and that it was another analyst by the name of “Mackenzie”.

Anthony Onorato admissions are especially bothersome considering that a review of his depositions, reports, and trial testimony indicate that he was responsible for the testing. Anthony Onorato repeatedly, and in great detail testified to the various steps he took while examining the hair root. Yet it was really a mysterious analyst name “Mackenzie”. One has to wonder why Mr. Anthony Onorato would wait 14 years to disclose this information and also why he would intentionally mislead everyone concerning his involvement.

Since interviewing Mr. Anthony Onorato, my attorney has learned that “Mackenzie” no longer works for the FBI and has been unable to locate him. A request was made for the FBI to assist in locating Mackenzie but with no results. Mackenzie’s name was never known or disclosed since my arrest in 2000 and until Anthony Onotato had a new interview in 2014.

My attorney has also asked Mr. Anthony Onorato to provide a sworn affidavit attesting to what he admitted. He refused. It is amazing to me that it took nearly a decade and a half for the FBI or Anthony Onorato to come forth with the name of the scientist (who can’t be found) that supposedly tested what is arguably the most pivotal piece of evidence against me. Yet another important bit of information the jury never heard.

Contaminated DNA Evidence;

In addition to Anthony Onorato admitting he did not conduct the actual DNA testing for the FBI; he concedes that the analyst “Mackenzie” handled the crime scene hair root at the same time, and in the same place, as my known saliva standard. Anthony Onorato admits that if this type of handling caused contamination, there would be no way to tell, and the safe-guards in place at the time would not have detected it. Mr. Anthony Onorato further conceded that my saliva standard was placed in the same “waterbath” as the crime scene sample overnight, in addition to several other instances of contact between the samples.

Alarmingly, Anthony Onorato states that this was common practice at the FBI back in 2000. Common practice or not, there is no denying that evidence handling like this is likely to have led to contamination in this case. Unfortunately Mr. Mackenzie cannot be found to determine if any other procedures he utilized caused contamination of the evidence.  

In light of everything Anthony Onorato has admitted my attorneys have amended the pending “Motion for Post conviction Relief” (see downloadable pdf link below for the original) to include grounds detailing how the FBI’s failure to disclose Mackenzie’s identity or prevent contamination of DNA evidence has violated my US Constitutional rights.

I am relieved after all these years that I am finally beginning to prove the governments misconduct and mishandling of evidence. I hope this helps convince some of my readers that I did not commit this horrible crime.

Coming in the next post;  Now Office Of The State Attorney - 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida and former prosecuting attorney of my case; Angela Corey (who unbelievably has recently announced a 3rd term run for office); withholds evidence of a possible suspect and confession for at least 3 years.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Huge thanks to all who are coming forward!

If any more folks have pertinent information regarding this case, please contact Richard Sitcha, my lawyers office directly.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tired of the lies and manipultion.......

Welcome to my page! My name is Robert Erik Denney and I have been wrongfully convicted of murder in the death of Corey Parker. Since then my life has been changed in the most unimaginable way. Many people might be mad at me or even hate me, but what is really unfair is that the truth will never be revealed. A friend of mine has encouraged me to get out my story since the media and local government seem to only care about the covering up of pertinent facts and kicking dirt over my life. Two victims came about from this mess… is my story. Please be engaged enough to read it in its entirety before making judgments or leaving comments.

Download my Motion for Post Conviction Relief

How would you feel if you, one of your family members, a loved one, or even a good friend was accused and convicted of a brutal murder they did not commit? It happens more often than people realize. If you doubt that, then you should read my story.

I am in a Florida prison, convicted of murdering a person I never met or even knew existed. I am 31 years old and have been in jails, prisons, and other governmental holding facilities since I was 19, trying desperately to prove my innocence. This is my story that will hopefully help convince anyone reading that I do not belong in prison.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1998, 25 year old waitress, Corey Parker, was found murdered in her Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250 apartment. She lived in a bottom floor apartment of a quad-plex apartment building that sat back door to back door across a courtyard from my upstairs apartment. Our buildings were separated by a small yard, clothesline, and a chain link fence, just 35 feet apart. Ms. Corey Parker’s body was found the day after Thanksgiving by a co-worker trying to find out why she didn’t make it to work. She was found nude in her bed stabbed to death.

I was 17 years old, working as a cook/dishwasher at a nearby BBQ restaurant. I never met Ms. Corey Parker, and was unaware that anyone was residing in the unit where she did. In fact my roommate and I thought her apartment was empty. The day her body was discovered I was surprised to learn someone even lived there.

Jacksonville Beach Police interviewed every person who lived in the neighborhood several times in the days following her murder. Detectives spoke to me twice and they later admitted I was not a suspect. Never did I think I would later be arrested for the murder.


In March 1999, four months after Corey Parker was killed, I moved back to El Paso, TX, where I grew up. I moved back home because I had an alcohol and drug problem in Florida and returning to Texas was like a fresh start. I didn't keep up with the news so I assumed police had caught the murderer, and I never really gave it a second thought. In early 2000 I had managed to clean my life up and move to Maryland where I started a new career and my own business in the computer industry.

Meanwhile back in Florida, the investigation sat idle for nearly 2 years. And any leads the police had were long since extinguished.  Detectives couldn't find any enemies that Ms. Corey Parker had, as she seemed quite popular.  However, she did have a co-worker, Eric Ely, who police described as a person of interest. On numerous occasions Eric Ely had asked Corey Parker out on dates and was continually bothering her to the point of stalking. Eric Ely was interviewed by police; he proceeded to tell them he was supposed to meet Corey Parker for Thanksgiving dinner. Eric Ely also admitted he had fantasized about stabbing her to death and raping her. He denied doing so. In a hypothetical “what if”, Eric Ely described how he would have murdered Corey Parker; eerily in a similar manner to the actual crime scene including facts that hadn't been made public. Detectives believed Ely, who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic, was simply being crazy and let him go. Shortly after the interview, Eric Ely fled to Norway. Who knows where he is now, maybe Norway.

By spring of 2000, family and friends of Corey Parker wanted to know why the police had no real suspects and had made no arrests. The news began running stories about the murder remaining unsolved and a $20,000 reward was posted for information. As everybody knows, money will bring out the worst in people. I had to learn this the hard way.

Over a year and a half after the murder took place, two of my former co-workers at the BBQ restaurant found out about the reward and remembered that I had lived in the same neighborhood. Unfortunately these were people I considered my friends. They held bitterness towards me because of my calling in for work sick, lying about a death in the family member so that I could take a weekend off for partying several months after the murder. Lying to my co-workers is something I am ashamed of and is an unfortunate result of being on drugs at the time. 

My ex-colleagues then called the police and informed them of their suspicions that I may have been involved in the murder due to the fact that I had lied to them about calling in sick so I could go out partying and that I had lived near the murder scene. My ex-colleagues lead the police to believe that my lie was on the same weekend of Corey Parker’s murder, however my lying about calling in sick actually occurred months later.  I believe the motive was solely over the $20,000 reward and they were not concerned with the true details and accuracy involved timeline of events. One of them, Julie Sedgwick was even impeached during the trial and admitted she had confused the dates and still expected reward money. As far as I am aware she received a portion of it.

There is no question I was wrong for lying to skip work, but that in no way makes me a murderer. People call in sick and lie everyday to get out of work across America. Armed with this tip the Jacksonville Beach Police Department began efforts to locate me, by this time I was living in Maryland. My sister lived in Jacksonville Beach and the Jacksonville Beach Police contacted her.  She and I had not been on speaking terms for quite a while, so she did not have flattering things to speak about me to the Jacksonville Beach Police. She mentioned to them that my brother is in prison in Texas for a 1990 murder. Incredibly, the police then decided that if my brother is a murder then I too must be one. I was 9 years old when my brother was arrested and I hardly knew him.

The police convinced themselves that since my brother was a convicted murderer, and because I lied and skipped work, then I must be the murderer who killed Corey Parker. They were so desperate to solve the case and arrest somebody, and armed with this little piece of information they turned and made me the prime and only suspect. All other leads were abandoned and detectives developed tunnel vision on me.

What if the Police began stalking and harassing you to collect your DNA?

This is exactly what happened to me. This is where Detective Billy Carlyle came into the picture.  At the time, Detective Billy Carlyle was Sergeant of Detectives with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. Interestingly, the moment Angela Corey became State Attorney in Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Duval, Nassau and Clay counties she immediately fired Detective Billy Carlyle.  Anyhow, Det. Billy Carlyle used my case to catapult his career, and he had no qualms about lying, tampering with evidence, or manipulating witnesses. He cannot seem to get enough media attention and thrives in front of cameras. Over the years he has given dozens of interviews and he has participated in countless television programs about my case.

What Det. Billy Carlyle conveniently left out was, how he stalking me and manipulated people to achieve his goal of arresting me. In June of 2000, Det. Billy Carlyle traveled to Maryland with the sole purpose of collecting my DNA to compare it with DNA samples found at the murder scene. Rather than ask me for a sample of my DNA and being forth right about me being a suspect, Det. Billy Carlyle along with other detectives told me I was a suspect in an unrelated assault that never occurred. My first instinct was that I was being manipulated and lied to, so I asked for an attorney to be present when the sample was taken.  I was told I couldn't have one. The detectives then attempted to get me to leave a cigarette butt in an ashtray, drink from a bottle, and lick envelopes, all in attempts at secretly obtaining my DNA. Their efforts were so extremely obvious and I felt extremely threatened by their presence. I still refused to give a sample without my own legal representation present.

Undeterred Det. Billy Carlyle organized a surveillance team to watch me outside the computer store where I worked. There was a light rain all day long and according to Det. Billy Carlyle, I came outside and while smoking, spit several times on the pavement in a rain puddle. Over an hour later Det. Billy Carlyle claimed he had collected swabs of my spit from the rain puddle. This seems almost impossible to me considering the rain, but I have no way to disprove it.

Before the trial, the Judge on my case decided the police tactics in Maryland were improper and he ordered the attorneys to make no mention of their actions, but still refused to throw out the DNA samples.

What if your DNA magically matched DNA from the crime scene?

One would ordinarily think it was impossible for DNA from a crime scene to match someone who wasn't even there. Think again. My spit samples were sent to the FBI crime lab to compare against a single hair follicle that was found in a pair of Corey Parker’s panties that were balled up next to her body.

The FBI reported in September 2000 that the root from the hair yielded a partial, mixed DNA profile that contained DNA from either 3 or 5 completely different people.  The report found that I was a contributor to the mixture.

For years I have struggled with trying to understand how this hair could contain any of my DNA, and I still don’t have any definite answers or explanations, but a lot has come to light to diminish the credibility of the test results.

It came to light that the FBI tested and handled my spit sample improperly simultaneous as the crime scene hair follicle. They were placed within centimeters of each other on machines and handled by lab analysts wearing dirty gloves. Considering how sensitive DNA sample testing is, it is very likely my saliva sample had contaminated the hair sample. The jury never heard about this because my attorney was unaware of the FBI mishandling and improper testing practices.

When my attorneys later had the hair root sent to a private lab for testing they learned that the sample was destroyed in testing. Thus there was no way to verify the FBI’s testing lab results. There is not even a picture of this hair. Another clear case of the mishandling of evidence in my case, is not photographing the evidence.

Another suspicious fact is that the hair was found in blood-saturated underwear at an extremely bloody crime scene, yet the FBI did not see any blood on my hairs under a microscope. This makes no sense unless the hair was not on the panties when the murder happened.  Several other hairs were found on the panties that do not match my DNA and they did have blood all over them, consistent with what you would think hairs would have if they were present at the time of the murder.

With this single hair Det. Billy Carlyle tried to get an arrest warrant. State Attorney Angela Corey informed Det. Billy Carlyle he would have to obtain more evidence against me to get a warrant because one hair was not enough to prove murder.

Many people may recognize the name Angela Corey.  She was elected to head of State Attorney of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida in 2008. She became nationally known in 2012 for her decision to charge George Zimmerman with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford FL. Moving on.

Desperate to arrest me, but lacking necessary evidence to obtain an arrest warrant, Det. Billy Carlyle persuaded DNA analyst Timothy Petree with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), to “retest” blood samples collected at the murder scene. The histories of these blood samples are very incredulous.

Two days after the murder, crime scene technicians collected four samples of what looked like blood from the kitchen window area of Corey Parker’s apartment. The samples had been exposed to the outside environment and atmosphere due to negligence in securing the windows, and two dozen police officers had entered the scene. When the samples were finally collected, two of them had been packaged improperly and later turned to mold, and the other two were scrapped off of the surfaces with a dirty scalpel.

The samples were tested in April 1999 (a year before I became a suspect) at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) laboratory in Jacksonville, FL. One of the samples gave a partial, mixed result that matched Corey Parker and excluded me! The other three samples yielded “no result” meaning there was no DNA present.

Then in October 2000 when Timothy Petree retested the samples, one of the specimens that gave no results in 1999 all of the sudden generated a complete unmixed DNA profile that matched my DNA perfectly. This sample is known as sample #19. There again ironically, are no photographs of the blood sample much like the missing hair follicle photographs and Timothy Petree destroyed the entire specimen during the testing.  Nobody can ever look at the sample and I was never able to have it retested since it was consumed in its entirety. In the years since my conviction I have learned that Timothy Petree has a history of destroying samples that match defendants so his results can never be confirmed or denied.

Like the hair, #19 was tested at the same time as my spit sample, and it is almost certain contamination occurred. Also, sample #19 was tested for 72 long days when most tests only take 3 days. Seems odd doesn't it. With both the hair and blood sample matched to me, Angela Corey applied for a warrant and two years and two days after Ms. Corey Parker’s murder I was arrested in Maryland, November 28, 2000.  I fought extradition, but lost, and was extradited to Florida in February of 2001, indicted for first degree premeditated murder of a woman I have never seen or meet.

What if you had an alibi and could prove your innocence?

Detective Billy Carlyle never bothered to actually investigate whether I had an alibi, which luckily I do. Since the murder happened Thanksgiving Day I was able to remember exactly where I was, who I was with and what I was doing. In short 11 people, from my ex-girlfriend Heather Champion and several ex-coworkers all vouch for my whereabouts the day of the crime.

The state was surprised when they learned of my alibi because they rushed my arrest and never contemplated the possibility I could be innocent. Not wanting to backtrack and admit their mistake, the state was able to get the medical examiner to testify that Corey Parkers time of death could not be determined and that the murder could have happened before my alibi began.

During those years, while I sat in a local prison, it seemed that the state's case grew weaker and weaker. I was arrested at 19 years old and by 2004 I was 23 and still hadn't been to trial. It was discovered that there were dozens of unidentified fingerprints at the murder scene. Two semen stains from different men were found on the bed comforter Corey Parker’s body was on. These stains have still not been identified. Hundreds of hairs were taken from the scene, a majority never identified.

The prosecution tried to develop more evidence against me with no results. They learned that no carpet fibers from my apartment matched any of the fibers at the scene. No traces of blood were found in my apartment. No murder weapon or bloody clothes were found. No witness saw any scratched marks or bruises on me in the days that followed Corey Parker’s murder, which was inconsistent with the brutal nature of the crime. Most damaging to the state was the inability to establish any link whatsoever between Corey Parker and me. 

Microscopic Hair Slides

By 2004, Angela Corey realized that her case against me was not very strong or persuasive, so she along with Det. Billy Carlyle set out to create more evidence even if it meant fabricating it.
The courts granted Angela Corey’s request to have samples of my hair collected to compare microscopically to the hundreds of hairs recovered from the murder scene.

Detective Billy Carlyle came to the jail where I was housed to collect my hair. My attorney came with him, along with his investigator. Det. Billy Carlyle refused to allow my lawyer to photograph the collection or to count and measure each hair. I did not understand at the time why Detective Billy Carlyle didn't want to let us properly document the collection until several months later.

Back in 1999 the FBI had examined all of the items taken from the crime scene, including the victim’s bed sheets and comforter, her clothes and debris collected by the medical examiner. Hundreds of hairs and fibers found on the items were placed in 39 microscope slides so analysts could better examine the evidence under a microscope. After the slides were created, they changed hands numerous times between the Jacksonville Beach Police Department and various laboratories. Normally when crime scene evidence is collected, a strict code called the “chain of custody” is established to track its movement. However, the chain of custody for the slides was broken on several occasions and their whereabouts are unknown or questionable for extended periods of time.

To sum up a long process, the hairs on the slides were microscopically compared to my hair collected by Det. Billy Carlyle. After being compared, many were then tested for Mitochondrial DNA, which is an unusual type of DNA in testing, normally used to identify hairs without roots, and is shared among many people unlike the conclusive DNA tests normally used.

In 2004 two private labs tested several hairs and reported that 6 hairs matched mine, and all my maternal relatives, mitochondrial DNA. One of the six hairs was supposedly the same hair that had the root with the mixture that contained my DNA that was tested by the FBI in 2000.

This news was devastating and totally perplexing to me. How could these hairs supposedly found at a murder scene possible match my DNA when I have never even been there? Even worse was that the hairs were purportedly collected from Corey Parker’s panties, hands and torso however these hairs of mine had no blood on them whatsoever. Because I did not murder Corey Parker, I knew there could be only one explanation, the hairs were planted and I was being set up!

My attorneys did not believe this possibility of my being set up so I started combing through every document that had anything to do with the slides. What I found was a confirmation of my suspicions. First, I found where the slides chain of custody was incomplete and that Det. Billy Carlyle always seemed to be the last name entered on the custody logs.

Next, what I found in my mind proves evidence tampering. Each time the slides were sent to a new lab, that lab would count how many hairs were on each slide. Incredibly, the numbers kept changing when they should have remained the same. For instance, one slide had 3 hairs when counted at one lab, and then the next lab logged and counted hairs on this same slide and it would have a count of 5 hairs, or in other words, 2 new hairs were now sitting on this particular slide. This change in quantity happened with 3 different slides, all of which matched my DNA. There can be no legitimate or innocent explanation for the follicle hair count discrepancies. Four years after my arrest when the state desperately needed more evidence, miraculously six hairs match my DNA materialize out of thin air and in the most obviously disturbing manner. All of this occurred only after Det. Billy Carlyle collected and possessed my hair samples.

Another oddity is the fact that none of the 6 hairs matched to me had no blood at all on them. Yet, Corey Parker’s body was literally covered in blood, as well as the bed and clothes around her. How could these hairs be collected off her body and panties, yet none have any blood on them? This makes no sense, especially considering all of the other hairs that didn't match me were covered in blood.

Even in the midst of this new incriminating evidence, additional evidence surfaced that was helpful to my case. Several of the remaining hairs that were tested did not match me, including hairs from Corey Parker’s torso and hand. Unfortunately, my attorneys never informed the judge or jury about any of these facts even though they were well aware, and agreed that the hairs were likely tampered with. I’ll never understand why they sat aside and didn't even attempt to do anything or say anything about the ordeal.  But then again much of this case and handling of evidence I will never understand.

 Imagine if the police manipulated and coerced a witness into lying?

Just for one moment try to imagine this from every possible angle. Think these types of people don’t exist? Then think again! It happens all the time. Why or how I will never wrap my mind around. In my particular case that witness’ name is Heather Champion. Heather Champion was my ex-girlfriend from a time in my life when I live in the apartment.

Anyhow, after I left Florida Heather Champion became addicted to drugs and a stripper. She had numerous legal problems and had been arrested on several occasions. Nonetheless, she came to visit me a few times while I was in jail and there didn't seem to be any problems between us. However just weeks before my trial in April 2005, Detective Billy Carlyle found out about Heather Champion visiting me and discovered she had a warrant for her arrest.

Billy Carlyle found Heather Champion and informed her he would work with her on her warrants, and that he wanted to help in my case. Of course Heather Champion was naturally and eagerly trying to avoid Billy Carlyle and her pending warrant. After numerous meetings and who knows what type of conversations, Heather Champion was shown evidentiary photographs and then claimed that 2 pieces of evidence, a Zippo lighter found at the crime scene next to Corey Parker's bed and a blue shirt found hanging in a tree outside belonged to me. Both claims are false and outrageous. 
Zippo Lighter

On the floor next to Corey Parker’s bed was a gold Zippo lighter with the acronym “NACTA” engraved on it. NACTA stands for National Air traffic Controllers Association. The State interviewed every single person who knew me back then and everyone agreed that this lighter was not mine, with the exception of Heather Champion.

My fingerprints and DNA were not on the lighter and my lawyers learned that only 50 of these particular lighters were made and distributed in the Washington D.C. area when I was 13 years old and living in New Mexico. I have no connection to any air traffic controllers or pilots whatsoever. However, my attorneys also found out that Corey Parker once dated a man who was going to college at an aeronautical school in Daytona where air traffic controllers train, although he could not be located.

Blue Shirt

On the morning that Corey Parker’s body was discovered police found a blue thermal long sleeved shirt hanging on a tree. Angela Corey speculated for years that this shirt was somehow connected to the crime, even though no forensics or witnesses could confirm her suspicion. Until Heather Champion claimed that the shirt belonged to me. Even then, there was nothing linking it to the murder. Three hairs were found on it. Not one of them matched my DNA or Corey Parker’s DNA and they were from 3 different people.  It was tested for blood with negative results. Every person who knew me during my time in Florida agreed that this was not my shirt, Except for my ex Heather Champion.

As flimsy as it was, both the Zippo and the blue shirt were still used to convict me at the trial. I do not think the jury gave either of these pieces of evidence much thought or weight but there is no telling. I never saw the Zippo lighter or the blue shirt in my life and could not believe that Heather Champion claimed them to be mine, but I have some understanding that Detective Billy Carlyle just have threatened Heather Champion and used police scare tactics and threats to manipulate her.

The Trial

In April of 2005, after 4.5 years in jail, I finally went to trial. The state’s evidence consisted of;
  •         The hair root sample that contained a mixture of 3 or 5 different peoples DNA, including mine that was destroyed in testing.
  •         The #19 blood scrapping that didn't contain any DNA in 1999 but when retested contained a DNA sample and matched my DNA.
  •         The six hairs found on Corey Parker’s body and in her bloody underwear that didn't have any blood on them, and didn't materialize until 2004 after numerous discrepancies of numbers of hairs found on different microscope slides.
  •         The Zippo lighter that my ex-girlfriend Heather Champion negotiated a deal for her warrants by claiming they were mine yet didn't have any of my fingerprints DNA on.
  •        The blue shirt found in a tree that my ex-girlfriend Heather Champion claimed belonged to me, yet had 3 hairs on it that aren't mine , and no link at all to the murder.

The trial lasted 3 weeks, with hundreds of exhibits presented, and over 80 witnesses testifying. The state focused on the DNA evidence and tried all they could to assassinate my character.  Unbelievably my attorneys did practically nothing. They had no expert witnesses to discredit the DNA. They did not hire a medical examiner to determine the victims actual time of death. This time of death is still debated. Worst of all they didn't even show the jury all the problems with the DNA evidence and micro slides that I am revealing here.

My defense at trial was inept. My legal representation decided to argue that my DNA was in the crime scene due to secondary transfer. In other words, due to how close Corey Parker and I lived to each other, my DNA somehow got into the crime scene innocently through a nearby Laundromat, or by the open doors and windows that were left open by the crime scene technicians for days on end or even a stray cat. It was discovered that stray animals had traipsed throughout the crime scene when the doors and windows were left open.  Yes we lived only 35 feet apart, but my attorneys didn't bother to hire any experts to corroborate this theory. I have virtually no say in what defense the lawyers put on, and I believed my input was discarded.
I wish somehow I could have shown the jury all the problems with the evidence that was left out. I don’t believe they would have convicted me had they known all the facts.

My first appeal came and went quickly. The attorney assigned to the appeal at first refused to challenge the DNA, and later changed the appeal to say that my DNA was illegally collected in Maryland. In 2006 the appellate court denied the appeal without giving any reason.

In July 2008, I filed what is known as a “Motion for Post Conviction Relief”. In this motion I cited my attorneys’ failure to do a proper job in representation and as a result I should be given a new trial. The motion details all the facts and issues with the DNA evidence and the State’s case that my attorneys never informed the Judge or jury of. It is attached to this blog and is downloadable for your review.

The motion has been pending for 5 years but is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing on October 1. 2013. The court has appointed me a new attorney, Rick Sichta, who will hopefully do better that my trial lawyers.

Over the years the case generated a crazy amount of media attention both locally and nationally. Some of it was favorable towards me but mostly not. The trial was covered non-stop by numerous media outlets and newspapers. Regrettably I never gave any interviews or got to tell my side of this unbelievable story. The media, as usual twisted facts and the truth was lost years ago. In recent years A&E (Cold Case Files - Web Exclusives: Episode 98 - A&E TV), Discovery Channel (Dead of Night episode #102 Dead of Night - Blood Brothers) and Court TV to name a few, have produced programs involving this case. Each time the story is told from the perspective of the state, victims’ friend and family or Detective Bill Carlyle. Producers don’t even bother to interview me with my attorneys. And they simply broadcast the one-sided version, often full of lies and factual manipulation.

I am sick and tired of being portrayed as a monster for a hideous murder I did not commit. I’m tired of the public being told my DNA was found at the crime scene and the fact that no one ever hears about how troublesome and questionable the DNA evidence really is. I’m sick of sitting in prison, all my freedoms removed. It has been almost 13 years since my arrest.

Although I cannot give every detail and bit of info I’d like to right here. What you have read here are actual non arguable facts that have not come out before. They are real facts. No exaggerations or embellishments. Whether this blog will do any good or not remains to be seen but at least it gives me an opportunity to tell my side of the story.

If you are interested in coming forward with anyone information helping in my defense or have a kind prayer for me you may email me directly. Please note, since I am in prison any negative or abusive emails will not reach me. I have a friend, a 3rd party who will relay only helpful or inspirational information over to me. I plan to update this as time goes on as we wait the results of my motion for relief.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Angela Corey and her string of horrifying tactics as a prosecutor.

Next topic seems to be a popular one at the moment. Angela Corey…..

In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, many of the sub-stories have been overlooked. Especially the story of Angela Corey and her handling or mishandling of the case.

Trayvon Martin supporters believe State Attorney Angela Corey blew the prosecution and trial, allowing George Zimmerman to be free. On the other side, George Zimmerman supporters feel that Angela Corey never should have charged him, and only did so to quell the public pressure.

Among a nation divided, the only common ground is the belief that Angela Corey mishandled the case. This comes as no surprise to me and many others familiar with her unprofessional, unethical, and downright dirty practices. The Trayvon Martin case is not an isolated incident. Rather, it is decades of misconduct and manipulation catching up to a prosecutor, ( Angela Corey ), who holds  little or no regard for truth or justice. For me, Angela Corey deserves this exposure and I am well received by it. This is what I have hoped for since November 28, 2000.

In my case there are too many instances of Angela Corey and her misconduct to cover in this short section of my blog, but I will try to cover the major glaring examples.

Many people believe and expect that a prosecutor would fairly and thoroughly investigate and weigh all the facts and evidence of a case before deciding whether to charge a person with a crime, especially a serious offense like murder. When it comes to Angela Corey, she routinely charges first and asks questions later.

I was arrested in Easton, Maryland two years after Corey Parker was murdered in her Jacksonville Beach, Florida apartment. Neither Angela Corey nor the police bothered to investigate whether I had an alibi for the day of the murder. Once Angela Corey discovered that I had an alibi consisting of 11 people, and rather than wonder if she’d charge the right person, she persuaded a medical examiner who had not even performed the autopsy to say the murder had occurred before my alibi began.

In the Trayvon Martin case there were indications that Angela Corey and others in her office withheld evidence capable of exonerating George Zimmerman. Whether anything comes of it after George Zimmerman’s acquittal remains to be seen, but this is certainly not the first time Angela Corey has been accused of withholding or manipulating evidence.  

In the mid 1990’s Angela Corey prosecuted Chad Hines for the murder of his sister-in-law relying entirely on DNA evidence to win a conviction. Over a decade later the Innocence Project sought to test DNA evidence capable of excluding Chad Hines as the murderer. Instead they met with fierce resistance from Angela Corey who tried everything in her power to restrict access to the DNA specimens Chad Hines wanted to test. The Innocence Project eventually was granted the right to test the evidence and it exonerated Chad Hines of murder. The Chad Hines case was the beginning episode of a chain of events that led to her termination from the State Attorney’s office. Angela Corey would rebound by being elected as the Head of State Attorney of the 4th Judicial Circuit in 2008.

My case was of no exception to the tactics played by Angela Corey.  Aware that DNA evidence had been destroyed, contaminated, and tampered with, she looked the other way and encouraged police misconduct and mishandling of the evidence. See the June entry to this blog for a more detailed account of questionable evidence. Most prosecutors would be wary of introducing the problematic evidence that was found in my case, but Angela Corey did all she could to mask the elusive / true nature of it.

For years, both before and after trial, there have been rumors circulating that Angela Corey withheld evidence in my case that was exculpatory. The rumors have been rampant in the Jacksonville legal community, including from former attorneys and investigators within the state attorney’s office.  Different attorneys assigned to my case to represent me over the years have investigated these rumors and have in fact discovered new evidence. However, because the investigation is on-going I cannot go into all of the details here.

Perhaps Angela Corey and her most obvious unprofessional practice is accepting and presenting testimony from witnesses she knows to be false or that she even assisted in manufacturing. Her willingness to do this was apparent in my case throughout pre-trial and trial phases of my case.
The worst instance was when Angela Corey attempted to introduce a sworn statement from a jailhouse snitch who tried to claim I confessed to him. Fortunately this informant placed a recorded phone call from the jail explaining to a family member how Angela Corey fed him brownies, showed him police reports and pictures of the victim, then coached him on what to say in his sworn statement. When Angela Corey was confronted with the informant’s phone call, which proves witness tampering, she decided not to use his fake testimony at trial and the entire incident was swept under the rug.

Even after this close call Angela Corey was undeterred from manipulating other witnesses. As I detailed in the last blog post, my former girlfriend turned stripper agreed to testify that a lighter found at the murder scene along with a blue shirt discovered outside of the Corey Parker apartment building, belonged to me. She provided this testimony in exchange for Angela Corey and Detective Billy Carlyle not arresting her on outstanding warrants.

Although it was extremely clear that my ex was lying to save herself and avoid arrest, Angela Corey tried her hardest to dress up the obviously false testimony. First was the Zippo Lighter with the acronym for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) engraved on it. There was no DNA or fingerprints on it, no link between NATCA and myself. The only person in the world to claim it belonged to me was my ex girlfriend, Heather Champion.

Then came the blue shirt found soaking wet and hanging in a tree outside Corey Parker ‘s apartment. Three hairs were found on the shirt none of which matched my DNA and which came from three different people. There was no blood on the shirt, no fibers from the shirt were found in the crime scene and the only person in the world to claim it was mine was Heather Champion (avoiding her own legal problems).

Not only is it a prosecutors job to develop evidence in a case, it is also to make sure false evidence or testimony is not used to wrongly convict someone. This responsibility has been lost within Angela Corey, and one can only wonder how many men and women have been sent to prison who or either innocent or have been overcharged and sentenced to prison terms longer than they deserve.

I can write on and on about Angela Corey and her unprofessionalism, but it wouldn't do any justice to me and others like me who have suffered as a result of her outlandish tactics. Don’t take my word for it. Research Angela Corey and you will learn her true nature.

For now I just hope that the George Zimmerman case has shed some light on what kind of prosecutor Angela Corey really is and that this scrutiny gives guys like me an opportunity to expose her misgivings.

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, Angela Corey, Robert Denney

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Robert Erik Denney murderer killer, Corey Parker murder, Jacksonville Beach homicide parking lot spit DNA 1998 Murder, Angela Corey

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DC Number: 126916