Victim’s mother testifies in murder trial
Nanjemoy man facing charges for 2011 killing
As the trial entered day three, the state was continuing to build its case against Raymond Daniel Posey III, who is the first of two men accused of murdering a Nanjemoy woman in 2011.
Prosecutors say Posey, 24, and Darrayl John Wilson, 25, both of Nanjemoy, killed Crystal Keyone Ander- son, 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 said 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 later that night, Posey and Wilson al- legedly shot her to death and threw her body over a guardrail, down a steep hill, prosecutors said. The state said Ander- son’s death squashed a $2,000 drug debt Posey’s brother had owed to her.
Anderson remained missing for several months until a hiker stumbled upon a boot with her leg bone still inside on Jan. 2, 2012, according to court proceedings. In the follow- ing days, police used specialized K-9s to comb the area and recovered skeletal remains scat- tered throughout the marshy area.
Posey was not arrested until March 2015 after acquaintances told police he made admissions of guilt.
Appearing before Judge James West, Posey’s defense team, headed by Kevin Col- lins and Chase Johnson, is contesting the allegations brought by assistant state’s attorneys Francis Granados and Jonathan Beattie.
In opening statements, the defense argued that the state became intent on building a case against Posey, rather than conducting an objective investigation, and, because of her high-risk lifestyle as a PCP dealer, that there were sever- al other suspects who would have had a motive to kill Anderson. The defense also noted a lack of physical evidence, and suggested the possibil- ity of a drug overdose, as her cause of death could not be determined through autopsy.
The state began the trial by calling witnesses who were at the party on July, 26, 2011.
One woman there that night testified that she lent Wilson her car at Anderson’s request so she could get more money after she lost a dice game, court proceedings revealed. The woman told Wilson to have her car back within two hours, and got upset with Wilson for taking so long to return.
Wilson returned the car with Posey around 3 or 4 a.m., though Anderson was no longer with them, another woman testified. However, this did not seem unusual to her, and she did not notice anything out of the ordinary.
Anderson’s mother took the stand and told the court that her daughter had stopped by her Landover home briefly that night. The mother said Anderson told her “I’m finally going to turn my life around,” and that she planned to enter a residential substance abuse treatment facility when a bed opened up. Her daughter told her she had people waiting outside for her, so she left after about 20 minutes, the mother testified.
The mother and Anderson’s girlfriend became increasingly wor- ried over the next couple days as they were not able to get in contact with Anderson.
In February, about a month after the human remains were recovered near Purse State Park, a medical examiner positively identified that Anderson the man had found Anderson’s decomposed body.
Assistant medical examiner John Locke testified that he could not determine Anderson’s cause of death. “There was a significant portion of her skeleton missing,” he said, noting that her skull and sections of her upper and lower body were never found. “… We saw no evidence of injury to any of [the] portions” that were recovered.
Questioned by Granados, Locke said he could not rule out that Anderson had died from multiple gunshots to the chest and stomach.
The state is continuing to call witnesses, as of press time Thursday morning.