Work in Sports
Mapping the blood trail
Prosecution begins to introduce forensic evidence
Posted: Wednesday May 31, 2000 08:55 PM
By Nick Charles, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- The prosecution literally began painting the trail of blood it hopes will lead to who killed Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar on the morning after the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Fulton County assistant district attorney Sheila Finley called to the stand Shirley McMillan-Horton, who collected crime scene evidence for the Atlanta police only hours after the double stabbings.
Horton testified to finding reddish-brown stains in at least 15 areas inside Ray Lewis' limo, plus several objects including a towel, napkins and tissue containing similar stains found in both a wooded area and a men's room at a Holiday Inn where the vehicle was found.
Defendant Joseph Sweeting's defense attorney Steven Sadow quizzed Horton on the process she used in locating the blood stains.
Sadow: "When you were discussing your assignment with [Atlanta police] detective [Ken] Allen, did he say just pick and choose the ones you wanted to take?"
McMillan-Horton: "No, he told me about what to take."
Sadow: "Did he tell you that you should attempt to photograph each and every potential blood, reddish-brown stain that you saw? Or did he say, that if you saw one that you liked, just take a photo of it?"
McMillan-Horton: "No, he didn't tell me to take one of each and every brown, reddish-brown stain."
Sadow: "He did not."
McMillan-Horton: "No, he did not."
Sadow: "So you just made a decision on your own on which ones to photograph and which ones not to photograph?"
McMillan-Horton: "What I did is photograph the limousine as I saw it."
Sadow has asked the prosecution to identify for the jury on Thursday blood samples in the limo that belonged to his client (Sweeting). Sadow told CNNSI.com the strategy is to get that right out in the open and then make a case that Sweeting was bleeding because he was beaten at the scene of the stabbings.
The prosecution was hoping to wrap up its case by the end of the week. It could very well carry into next week. The case resumes Thursday morning.