2012 mur­der trial de­layed

Jury sent home after al­ter­nates dropped

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

The trial for a Nan­je­moy man charged with first-de­gree mur­der was ex­pected to be­gin on Tues­day morn­ing and con­tinue for about two weeks in Charles County Cir­cuit Court, but the jury was sent home after three of the four al­ter­nate ju­rors were dis­missed due to sched­ul­ing con­flicts.

A new jury will be se­lected to de­cide the fate of Ray­mond Daniel Posey III, 24,

who was ar­rested and held with­out bond in March 2015 for the al­leged mur­der of Crystal Key­one An­der­son. His ar­rest came three years after her re­mains were found near Purse State Park in Jan­uary 2012 by a hiker who no­ticed a boot with what ap­peared to be bone in­side, months after her dis­ap­pear­ance, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Both the state and de­fense hope to be­gin the trial Wed­nes­day; how­ever, the trial may be fur­ther de­layed due to po­ten­tial sched­ul­ing con­flicts with wit­nesses.

On Aug. 2, 2011, An­der­son was re­ported miss­ing in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and a de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance de­ter­mined she was last seen at a party in Nan­je­moy. De­spite multi-agency search ef­forts, she re­mained miss­ing un­til the hiker stum­bled upon her re­mains on Jan. 2, 2012.

The fol­low­ing week, de­tec­tives me­thod­i­cally ex­ca­vated a creek bed that spanned more than 1,800 feet and in­cluded ar­eas 3 feet deep in mud and silt with the as­sis­tance of dogs from Search and Res­cue Dogs of Mary­land that are spe­cially trained in de­tect­ing hu­man re­mains, a po­lice re­port states. The wooded area and creek were searched, re­sult­ing in the re­cov­ery of more re­mains and the dis­cov­ery of cloth­ing con­sis­tent with what An­der­son was last seen wear­ing.

In the fol­low­ing month, a med­i­cal ex­am­iner con­firmed that the body found was An­der­son.

After fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives found that Posey was also at the Nan­je­moy party where An­der­son was last seen and the two knew each other. Based on their find­ings, de­tec­tives be­lieve that Posey robbed and killed An­der­son later that evening.

When lead de­tec­tive John El­liot was asked if they know what Posey tried to take from An­der­son dur­ing a press con­fer­ence last year, he replied, “I do. How­ever, I still think maybe there are some wit­nesses out there that might know what those spe­cific items are. … I re­ally want to talk to them.”

In July 2015, a sec­ond sus­pect was ar­rested and charged with the first-de­gree mur­der of An­der­son: Dar­rayl John Wil­son, 25, of Nan­je­moy. Author­i­ties have not re­leased any de­tails of Wil­son’s al­leged in­volve­ment, and his trial is sched­uled for Oct. 31, per court records.

In a May 2016 in­dict­ment, Posey was charged for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to ob­struct jus­tice by in­ter­fer­ing with wit­nesses on ap­prox­i­mately nine sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing ef­forts to in­flu­ence Wil­son through a third party, court records show.

Prose­cu­tors say he was at­tempt­ing to in­flu­ence wit­nesses through jail­house calls, and after a hear­ing in June, two men ap­proached a wit­ness out­side the court­house and re­port­edly of­fered her $10,000 not to tes­tify. A few weeks later, Charles County Cir­cuit Court Judge James West signed an or­der that re­stricted Posey from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with any­one other than at­tor­neys while he is con­fined..

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