On­go­ing mur­der trial heads to the de­fense phase

Posey faces charges in 2011 mur­der of wo­man

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

Ev­i­dence against Ray- mond Daniel Posey III con­tin­ued to ac­cu­mu­late in the fi­nal days of the state’s case as the jury heard tes­ti­mony from a sec­ond in­mate who claimed Posey made ad­mis­sions of guilt to him, and heard a series of jail­house calls and let­ters, in which Posey seemed to be at­tempt­ing to in­flu­ence wit­nesses.

Posey, 24, and Dar­rayl John Wil­son, 25, both of Nan­je­moy, are al­leged to have 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. Wil­son’s trial is sched­uled for late Fe­bru­ary.

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 al­legedly shot her to death and threw her body over a guardrail, down a steep hill, pros­e­cu­tors said. The state said An­der­son’s death squashed a $2,000 drug debt Posey’s brother had owed to her.

An­der­son re­mained miss­ing un­til Jan. 2, 2012 when an un­sus­pect­ing hiker stum­bled upon her a boot with her leg bone pro­trud­ing near Purse State Park, a scene he said is forever im­printed into his mind, court pro­ceed­ings showed. Af­ter days of comb­ing the area with spe­cial­ized K-9s, po­lice re­cov­ered more skele­tal re­mains, though large seg­ments of her body re­mained miss­ing. Her iden­tity was con­firmed about a month later by a foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist. How­ever, of the skele­tal re­mains re­cov­ered, there were no signs of in­jury, and the cause of death was ruled as un­de­ter­mined.

Posey was ar­rested by po­lice at his fam­ily’s Nan­je­moy home in March 2015, in­dicted by a grand jury, ac­cord­ing to court records. Wil­son was sub­se­quently in­dicted and ar­rested in July 2015.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Judge James West, Posey’s de­fense team, headed by Kevin Collins and Chase John­son, is con­test­ing the al­lega- tions brought by as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­neys Fran­cis Grana­dos and Jonathan Beattie. The de­fense ar­gues 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 the pos­si­bil­ity of a drug over­dose, as her cause of death could not be de­ter­mined through au­topsy.

Called by the state Wed­nes­day, a 31-yearold in­mate tes­ti­fied that Posey, who he be­friended in jail in late 2015, early 2016, had dis­cussed de­tails of the mur­der on 15 to 20 dif- fer­ent oc­ca­sions.

Peo­ple at the party in Nan­je­moy wanted “wa­ter,” or PCP, from An­der­son, he said, so Posey and Wil­son took her to pick up more from her sup­plier in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

As they re­turned to the area later that night, Posey and Wil­son told An­der­son that there was some­one who want- ed to buy some PCP in the area of Purse State Park, ac­cord­ing to the in­mate. When they ar­rived at the area, Posey held An­der­son at gun­point, made her get out of the car and sur­ren­der a “few hun­dred dol­lars and four ounces of PCP,” be­fore he “shot her five times in the stom­ach and chest area” with a .32 cal­iber hand­gun that he later sold to some­one in In­dian Head.

“… Dar­rayl [Wil­son] picked her body up, and threw her over the guardrail,” he con­tin­ued, also ex­plain­ing Posey’s mo­ti­va­tion for the killing, that he had been mad at An­der­son for seek­ing out his brother who owed her money.

The next day, the in­mate said, Posey re­turned to the scene and col­lected the shell cas­ings.

Asked about his co­op­er­a­tion in this case, the in­mate told the court that he was cur- rently serv­ing an ac­tive sen­tence of 40 years for armed rob­bery in Prince Ge­orge’s County, a con­vic­tion that vi­o­lated his pro­ba­tion in Charles County for an­other armed rob­bery case. Rather than adding an­other 20 years of back up time to his ac­tive sen­tence for the vi­o­la­tion, he agreed to tes­tify truth­fully in Posey’s trial.

Dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, the de­fense sug­gested that the in­mate could have re­viewed Posey’s dis­cov- ery pa­per­work kept in his prop­erty box. The in­mate con­ceded that he had read some of his dis­cov­ery when he and Posey went to the law li­brary to­gether, but only one pa­per that con­tained Wil­son’s state­ments to po­lice. All of the in­for­ma­tion he pro­vided in­ves­ti­ga­tors, he in­sisted, came from Posey di­rectly.

The de­fense also point- ed out that the in­mate told in­ves­ti­ga­tors ini­tially that Posey had shot An­der­son in the head with a .380 cal­iber hand­gun, and months later said Posey had used a .32 cal­iber gun and shot her in the torso.

A wo­man called ear- lier in the trial seemed to cor­rob­o­rate the in­mate’s state­ment about the de­fen­dants re­turn­ing to pick up shell cas­ings. The wo­man, how- ever, Wil­son’s long­time girl­friend who mar­ried Wil­son last week, was un­co­op­er­a­tive and con­tentious un­der ques­tion­ing by pros­e­cu­tors. Ac­cord­ing to her prior state­ments to a de­tec­tive, a record­ing played for the jury, she had been on the phone with Wil­son the day af­ter the party, and he seemed to be look­ing for some­thing, pick­ing stuff up, in a hilly area while talk­ing to Posey.

“[They were] some­where where there were hills,” she said in the 2014 in­ter­view, “… They were look­ing for some­thing” and Wil­son re­peat­edly said “where is this [ex­plicit]?”

The wo­man, who had ini­ti­ated the con­tact with the de­tec­tive, told the court that she had made all of that up be­cause she had got­ten in a fight with Wil­son and was mad at him, and de­nied that her ac­count changed be­cause of her re­cent mar­riage.

Asked by Grana­dos why she brought Posey’s name into it if she was mad at Wil­son, she replied “to make it be­liev­able.”

In ad­di­tion to tes­ti­mony con­sis­tent with the al­le­ga­tions, the jury also heard Posey’s nu­mer­ous jail­house calls to wit­nesses in the case, his calls to third-parties di­rect­ing them to con­tact wit­nesses, and let­ters to sent in­di­rectly to wit­nesses. In many of the calls, he avoided us­ing names, and in­stead uses de­scrip­tions like “kin­folk” or “big­head” to in­di­cate who he was re­fer­ring to.

In a call with Wil­son, Posey said, “We [ex­plicit] up right now. You know that right? … They com­ing to get you too,” adding that his name is listed as a co-de­fen­dant.

In a call with a wo­man, Posey seemed to di­rect her to con­tact Wil­son and say “I know what you said, bruh. I still love you, but don’t do that, dog. Fol­low the code.”

The jury also saw jail sur­veil­lance video of Posey ex­chang­ing a hand-writ­ten note in­tended to reach Wil­son that was in­ter­cepted by po­lice. The note, ad­dressed to “Rell,” in­structed him to re­cant his state­ments to po­lice, and to say he was high at the time. “I stuck to the story homes,” he also wrote in the note. “… Don’t talk about noth­ing over the phone.”

In an­other recorded phone call, Posey told a wo­man, “I wrote this [ex­plicit] a note,” and that they had caught him on video. “… It’s like he turned around and handed it to them.”

A let­ter re­cov­ered by po­lice, which had been sent by Posey’s cell­mate to his brother’s girl­friend’s res­i­dence, ad­dressed to his brother’s nick­name and signed “Ray­mond D. Posey,” asked him to get in con­tact with a wit­ness and tell him to ei­ther lie or not show up to court.

The hand-writ­ten cor­re­spon­dences were ex­am­ined by an ex­pert hand­writ­ing an­a­lyst with Mary­land State Po­lice and found to match that of Posey’s by re­view­ing in­mate re­quest forms.

The state rested Thurs­day morn­ing. The de­fense plans to fin­ish its case Thurs­day evening or Fri­day.

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