Trial be­gins for sus­pect ac­cused in 2011 mur­der

Posey al­legedly killed woman, dumped her body near Nan­je­moy park

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter:@An­drew_IndyNews

The first of two men ac­cused of mur­der­ing a woman in 2011 is on tri- al this week in Charles County Cir­cuit Court.

Prose­cu­tors say Ray- mond Daniel Posey III, 24, and Dar­rayl John Wil- son, 25, both of Nan­je­moy, killed Crys­tal Key­one An­der­son, 29, and dumped her body down a ravine near Purse State Park in what they be­lieve was a drug-re­lated rob­bery.

Aside from her mother who said An­der­son stopped by her Lan­dover home briefly that night, wit­nesses say they last saw An­der­son leav­ing a Nan­je­moy house party with Posey and Wil­son on July 26, 2011. The state be­lieves the de­fen­dants had driven An­der­son from the party to Prince Ge­orge’s County, where she picked up PCP from her sup­plier, a drug she reg­u­larly sold and used.

When the three of them re­turned to the area lat- er that night, Posey and Wil­son al­legedly shot her to death and threw her body over a guardrail, down a steep hill, prose­cu­tors said. The state also said An­der­son’s death squashed a $2,000 drug debt Posey’s brother had owed to her.

An­der­son re­mained miss­ing for sev­eral months un­til a hiker stum- bled upon a boot with her leg bone still in­side in Jan- uary 2012, ac­cord­ing to court pro­ceed­ings. Posey was ar­rested and held with­out bond in March 2015.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Judge James West, Posey’s de­fense team, headed by Kevin Collins and Chase John­son, is con­test­ing the al­le­ga­tions brought by as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­neys Fran­cis Grana­dos and Jonathan Beat­tie.

In his open­ing ar­gu­ments, Grana­dos told the jury that Posey’s guilty con­scious con­nected him to the crime, and listed sev­eral peo­ple who will tes­tify that he con­fessed to killing An­der­son.

“His words and ac­tions are his worst en­e­mies in this case,” Grana­dos said. “… This is some­one whose con­science is eat- ing him alive,” adding that Posey at­tempted to com- mit sui­cide by hang­ing him­self in a friend’s yard af­ter he learned hu­man re­mains had been dis­cov- ered near the state park.

Grana­dos said Posey and Wil­son con­cocted a cover story that they had dropped An­der­son off in Forestville.

Grana­dos also re­ferred to recorded jail­house calls and a letter in which Posey at­tempted to per­suade wit­nesses from tes- ti­fy­ing against him.

In a May 2016 in­dict- ment, Posey was charged for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to in­ter­fere with wit- nesses on ap­prox­i­mately nine sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing ef­forts to in­flu­ence Wil­son through a third party, court records show.

On June 13, af­ter Posey ap­peared in court for a hear­ing, a fe­male wit­ness was ap­proached by two men out­side the court- house, ac­cord­ing to court records. One man made a state­ment about just get­ting out of jail for kid­nap­ping a woman, and the other re­port­edly of­fered her $10,000 not to tes­tify.

John­son chal­lenged the al­le­ga­tions and told the jury that the state had be­come fix­ated on build­ing a case against Posey, rather than con­duct­ing an ob­jec­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion to dis­cover the truth of what hap­pened to An­der­son.

Over five years af­ter her death, the state still has ed her at­tack­ers a sec­ond time, adding that there were nu­mer­ous other sus­pects who would have had a mo­tive.

Re­gard­ing the sui­cide at­tempt, John­son said Posey had tried to kill him­self on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, and ar­gued that the at­tempt af­ter An­der­son’s re­mains were found had noth­ing to do with a guilty con­science, and in­stead pointed to fi­nan­cial and re­la­tion­ship woes.

John­son also at­tacked the cred­i­bil­ity of the wit­nesses who are ex­pected to tes­tify that Posey made ad­mis­sions of guilt. “You didn’t hear from the state about some of the deals struck with these wit­nesses,” he said, not­ing that their tes­ti­mony would ben­e­fit their own le­gal trou­bles.

The trial, ex­pected to last two weeks, is on­go­ing as the state con­tin­ued to call wit­nesses Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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