Things here in Jacksonville are really heating up in the State Attorneys race. Every single day the corruption is making headlines in the local media regarding Angela Corey, police brutality and even decades old rape kits not being tested or funded. I have sat here hoping this day would come when people finally start to wake up and apathy from the people fade. Last week my case made a pretty big landing in the cover page of FOLIO weekly. Datelines underwhelming episode "Rear Window" is mentioned. Please follow the link to read, my case is mentioned near the end.
Truth, Justice OR the ANGELA COREY Way?
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
We are disappointed with the dateline show from last night regarding this case. Much of the information was old outdated and proven incorrect at trial regarding hearsay testimony. We prefer to focus on material evidence and will continue to disclose the facts only and not hearsay.
We feel like many of the original suspects felt bullied as well and have suffered some mental trauma and it may have caused lots of false information which may have lead to a tremendous amount of confusion.
We have high hopes that this is just the beginning of datelines coverage of the case and that the newer material presented use only proven facts.
Thank you for the kind words received, Robert really needed some cheering up considering the quality of what was covered.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Police Coercion, Manipulation Result in Witness Falsely Attributing Evidence to Defendant…..
Law enforcement officials routinely use coercive and manipulative tactics to secure witness testimony which attributes physical evidence to a Defendant even when they know the witness is lying. In this case that witness is Heather Champion, my former girlfriend who falsely claims a Zippo Lighter and Blue shirt found in and outside of the crime scene belonged to me. Here are the facts surrounding her unbelievable testimony.
1. A gold tone zippo lighter was found on the floor next to the bed Corey Parker was discovered on.
2. On the lighter was an engraved emblem with the acronym “NACTA” which stands for National Air Traffic Association.
3. In 1994 Zippo manufactured 50 of these lighters of which most were distributed in the Washington DC area and 6 sent to Houston Texas.
4. A blue shirt found wet and hanging in a tree above a dumpster was collected the day police discovered the scene.
5. Over six years after Parkers murder and four years after my arrest Detective Billy Carlyle tracked down my former girlfriend, Heather Champion, who had turned criminal with warrants out for her arrest.
6. Detective Billy Carlyle informed Heather Champion that he was not interested in her warrants as long as she would cooperate against me. She was eager to assist Detective Billy Carlyle. Exhibits out of lettering order from this point on.
7. Heather Champion was shown pictures of the zippo lighter and blue shirt, then stated they both belonged to me.
8. At trial Heather Champion gave many stories and vacillated greatly as to when she claims to have seen me with the lighter and / or wearing the shirt. Specifically, she stated at one point that she saw me with both as late as January 1999 when I left Florida to return to Texas several months after Corey Parkers homicide. In addition, Heather Champion is the only person claiming these items belong to me.
9. There is absolutely no evidence linking me to the zippo lighter other than heather Champions claim. The lighter was tested for DNA with no results. A partial finger print was found on it that was of no value for comparison purposes. However, “unofficially” my attorney was told I was excluded.
10. There is absolutely no evidence linking me to the blue shirt. In fact, there is no evidence linking the shirt to the murder. No blood was found on it. Fibers from the shirt did not match fibers from the scene.
11. The collar and armpit areas of the blue shirt were tested for DNA by FDLE analyst Maria Puro with no results. Also 3 hairs from the shirt were tested by Labcorp, none of which match me and all came from different people.
Although it seems obvious that Heather Champion was lying due to Detective Billy Carlyles’ manipulation; the zippo and blue shirt was difficult to overcome at trial. The prosecution did not hesitate to use false testimony and made it a feature of the trial which contributed to my wrongful conviction.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Proof of Evidence Tampering continued….
While it may be difficult to believe that law enforcement officials would tamper with evidence in order to wrongfully convict a person-it is a fact of life that can no longer be ignored nor covered up. Every time you turn on the television and learn of yet another person being released from prison after a wrongful conviction; remember that man or woman was framed for a crime they did not commit. In 2015 this occurred on an average of 3 a week. How many innocent people remain who will never prove their innocence, or will languish in prison for decades until the right attorney, advocate or organization takes up their cause? Americans have been desensitized and come to expect stories and images of police beatings, murdering and yes framing suspects. Before you discard my story of police misconduct, reconsider.
The first 2 posts detailed the problematic nature of samples #19 and Q4.1, along with corroborating documents. This update will focus on crime scene hairs and laboratory microscope slides.
1. Investigators testified when examining the victim’s body they spotted several hairs that were collected by peeling them off the body because they had dried in blood.
2. A pair of panties was found next to the victim’s body which the FBI described as “saturated in blood”.
3. In 1999 all of the evidence in this case was sent to the FBI in Washington D.C., including the victims’ underwear and hairs from the underwear, placing them on small microscope slides. The slides were labeled as follows:
a) Q4-Victims Panties
b) Q20-Q21-Debris paper bags on hands
c) Q22 #1-Victims torso
d) Q22#2-Victims torso
e) Q23-Victims left hand
f) Q24-Victims right hand
4. Former FBI trace Analyst Max Houck examined all 39 slides made in this case. Several contained hairs that were dissimilar to Corey Parkers’ hair samples.
5. Of particular note, slide Q4 contained several hairs, of which only one was not dyed an artificial color. This single hair had a root attached that was tested for DNA in August 2000 (see previous post on hair root Q4.1)
6. In February 2000, before I became suspect, the FBI returned the microscope slides to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.
7. On November 28, 2000, I was arrested based off the DNA results from samples #19 and Q4.1 (see previous 2 posts)
8. In early 2002 my attorney had the Q4 slide sent to a defense laboratory, Microtrace, to compare my hair sample to the one unidentified on the slide. Of importance, Microtrace noted the Q4 slide held 14 hairs! This count became very important later in the case.
9. After nearly 3 years in jail the prosecutors recognized the unreliable nature of the evidence against me. In early 2003, 5 years after Parkers’ murder, the state decided to reexamine the hair slides.
10. Detective Billy Carlyle, accompanied by an FDLE technician, my attorneys and a defense investigator came to the Duval County Jail to collect a hair sample from me. Detective Billy Carlyle refused to allow me or my attorneys to count, measure or photograph the collected hairs and my lawyer stopped the collection.
11. The next day the Judge assigned to the case ordered Detective Billy Carlyle to permit my council to count, measure and photograph the hairs collected.
12. In April 2003, Detective Billy Carlyle mailed my hair samples and the original 39 FBI slides to Max Houck who left the FBI to become the Director of Forensics at the University of West Virginia.
13. Upon reviewing the slides, Houck identified 4 hairs that he felt should be tested for mitochondrial DNA.
14. Interestingly, Max Houck counted only 12 hairs on slide Q4, whereas Microtrace counted 14 hairs on it a year earlier. Also Max Houck counted that slide Q22 #2 contained 5 hairs and slide Q24 held 3 hairs. Max Houck returned the slides to Detective Billy Carlyle.
15. In January 2004, the slides were mailed to a laboratory in Pennsylvania, called Mitotyping, so the 4 hairs identified by Houck could be tested for mtDNA.
16. Mitotyping received and testing one hair each from slides Q4, Q22 #1, Q22 #2 and Q 24. On March 1, 2004, Mitotyping reported that one hair each from slides Q4, Q22 #1 and Q24 matched my DNA.
17. A review of Mytotypings’ notes revealed that upon receipt of the slides, Q22 #2 contained 7 hairs, whereas it only had 5 hairs when examined by Max Houck. In addition, slide Q24 contained 5 hairs rather than 3 hairs as counted by Max Houck.
18. Mitotyping returned the evidence to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. Shortly after, defense council requested that all original 39 slides be returned to Max Houck in West Virginia to identify additional hairs for testing.
19. Max Houck re-examined the slides and marked 12 more hairs for DNA testing. Most surprisingly is the fact that Houck marked a second hair on slide Q4 for testing. However, during Houcks’ previous 2 examinations, he only noted 1 hair not artificially dyed/colored and dissimilar to Corey Parkers’ hair. (Exhibit lettering out of order from this point on).
20. Max Houck then sent the slides to a private lab in North Carolina called LapCorp.
21. LapCorp tested 12 hairs from various slides which had been marked by Houck. Several matched Corey Parkers’ boyfriend. One matched Corey Parker. 4 were unidentified, including one found in Coreys’ right hand. Finally 3 hairs matched my mtDNA. One each from slides Q4, Q20 –Q21 and Q24.
22. In light of the new incriminating evidence, yet questionable evidence, Max Houck was deposed and surprised everyone when he admitted that none of the 6 hairs matching my DNA had blood on them when he examined them under a microscope. Yet, had these hairs been collected from the victims’ body or blood saturated panties, they should have been covered in blood like all the other hairs collected.
23. In all 16 hairs from various slides were tested for mtDNA. Six of the hairs reportedly matched my DNA.
a) 2 from Q4-victims panties
b) 2 from Q24-victims right hand
c) 1 from Q20-Q21-paper bags, hands
d) 1 from Q22 #1-victims torso
24. Each of the hairs matching my DNA were not tested until nearly six years after the murder, and after my hairs were collected, and after gross discrepancies in hair counts occurred.
25. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department did not maintain a complete chain of custody for the hair slides. Approximately 10 property logs exist (that I know of) for the slides when there should have been one. Each of the 10 logs is different and not a single one is complete or 100% accurate. Normally a chain of custody log would document each time a piece of evidence comes or goes, who signed it in or out, and for what reason. That did not happen here. E.T. Choate, however claimed at trial that all evidence was properly tracked.
There can be only one explanation for the absence of blood on hair, count discrepancies, and inadequate chain of custody logs – evidence tampering. Is this the type of evidence we allow to convict people?
*** Next Post – Zippo Lighter and Blue Shirt
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Continued Release of Documents Corroborating Unreliability of Forensic Evidence
In an effort to substantiate the allegation I have made in this blog and in court appeals, I have started compiling record proof that the physical evidence in this case has been mishandled, contaminated and tampered with. The previous posting detailed the mishandling of the #19 blood sample. In this update I will address a hair root known as “Q4.1” that played a pivotal role in my wrongful arrest and conviction.
Facts and Documents Relating to Q4.1 Hair Root.
1. After Corey Parkers' body was discovered November 27, 1998, Evidence Technician James Choate began collecting potential evidence from the scene. Of particular importance, Choate collected a pair of blue panties found balled up next to the victim. The panties were sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington DC.
2. An FBI technician examined the underwear noting that it was “saturated in blood”.
3. The panties were labeled “Q4”. Several hairs and fibers were removed from the panties and were mounted on a microscope slide also labeled Q4. The slide was then sent to FBI Trace Analyst Max Houck.
4. Houck examined the Q4 slide under a microscope and noted it contained several human head hairs. All but one of the hairs had been dyed an artificial brown color and were microscopically the same as Corey Parkers hair. These hairs had blood on them.
5. The one odd hair was a brown Caucasian hair with a “follicular tag” commonly referred to as a root. Houck opened the slide and cut the root from the hair to be tested for DNA. This single undyed hair did not have blood on it. The root was labeled “Q4.1”
6. FBI DNA analyst Anthony Onorato received the Q4.1 hair root and was asked to compare the DNA profile from my spit collected out of rain puddle (Q28), to any profile he obtained from Q4.1
7. On August 2000, Onorato issued a report stating that Q4.1 yielded a partial, mixed DNA profile, and that my DNA was a “major contributor” to the mixture.
8. It was later learned that this DNA soup contained DNA from up to 5 or more different people.
9. After my arrest it was discovered that the FBI had destroyed / consumed the Q4.1 hair root in testing and failed to take any pictures of it. Thus it could never be retested.
10. Years later it was also discovered that the Q4.1 hair root was tested at the same time, and in the same place, just millimeters apart from Q28, my spit sample. The 2 specimens were tested simultaneously at all stages. This is a gross violation of laboratory protocol designed to prevent contamination.
11. In 2015 FBI analyst Anthony Onorato shocked my attorney when he admitted he was NOT the examiner who conducted the DNA testing of Q4.1, even though he led everyone to believe he had for over 14 years.
12. Onorato informed council that another analyst named “Mackenzie” performed the testing and that he no longer works for the FBI. The FBI refuses to help my lawyer locate Mackenzie and Onorato refuses to write an affidavit
13. In addition, Onorato conceded that Mackenzie tested Q4.1 and Q28 simultaneously, including placing the samples in a water bath overnight. 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.
14. The Q4.1 hair root was the only hair root associated with any hair found at the crime scene. The state theorized that it was yanked out during the murder. A single forcibly removed hair is inconsistent with that theory because more than one hair would be pulled out during a struggle.
15. Former FBI analyst Max Houck left the FBI to become the Director of Forensic Sciences at the University of West Virginia. From there Houck became the Director of the National Laboratory in Washington D.C. Mr. Houck has since been forced to resign amidst numerous testing blunders that have placed his reputation and credibility in doubt.
***Next post – Hair & Microscope Slides Evidence