Ex-police officers might be involved in Lloyd murder

POSTED: 09/22/11 2:24 PM

Prosecution demands 24 years; sex-games preceded brutal murder

St. Maarten – Anthony Ray S. sits already one-and-a-half year in pretrial detention for a murder he says he did not commit. Yesterday, public prosecutor mr. B. den Hartigh demanded 24 years against the 41-year-old defendant for the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian Lloyd. According to defense attorney mr. R.M. Stomp the case is fishy and investigators failed to scrutinize the possible involvement of three “criminal ex-police officers.” Judge mr. M. Keppels will pronounce her verdict in three weeks time, on October 12.
The case of the prosecution rests on statements by former suspects against the defendant and on the presence of DNA-evidence on a piece of duct tape that was found on the murder victim’s bed.
Prosecutor Den Hartigh established the time of death as between Saturday January 23, 2010 at 8:28 p.m. – when somebody had phone contact with the victim – and 8:47 p.m. – when he failed to pick up the phone for another call.
Lloyd was killed by a single gunshot to the head. The killer pressed a 0.38 caliber revolver against his left temple and pulled the trigger, “execution-style,” as Den Hartigh expressed it. When a neighbor found the victim a few days later, he was lying on his back on his bed and the TV was still on.
Anthony Ray S. was arrested on February 25. Investigators soon found out that he had a criminal record in the United States. In 1994 he was sentenced to 17 years for kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl, and in 1996 and 1997 he scored two other convictions. Altogether the American courts sentenced S. to 37 years in prison. The defendant said in court that these convictions were overturned on appeal and that he only spent a couple of years in jail.
The prosecution was unable to establish a motive for the murder. “It could be a financial motive, or it could have to do with the victim’s sexual inclination. We’re not sure.”
That the murder could have a homosexual angle became clear from the circumstance that, though there were no traces of a struggle or a fight in Lloyd’s home, the victim had been tied down on his own bed with duct tape. Later, that duct tape was removed.
mr. Stomp pointed out that investigators had found sperm on the outside of the victim’s penis. “It looks like sex games took place. I am thinking that this could be a crime of passion.”
The attorney said that “three criminal ex police officers” had been in the picture during the investigation, but that they had not been thoroughly investigated.
Prosecutor den Hartigh suggested that S. did not commit the murder alone. “Possibly he did not act alone, because there is also DNA trace evidence of a third unknown party on the duct tape. I am convinced that the defendant committed this crime together with others, possibly with Otis Williams, but I cannot prove that. The defendant attempts to protect Williams, and that is his choice.”
mr. Stomp said that he had wanted to hear several witnesses during the trial, but the prosecutor’s office had been unable to locate them. In June the case was postponed for the sixth time to allow time for hearing these witnesses, but when all efforts to bring them to court proved futile, Stomp opted to continue with the trial.
The attorney said that the forensics department had found a lot of evidence in Lloyd’s home that had not been investigated. He referred to a bus owned by one of the ex police officers that showed traces of blood. He also suggested that Lloyd had had a relationship with one of the ex-police officers and that the victim could have threatened the ex-officer to expose his sexual inclination.
mr. Stomp also pointed out that nobody had seen his client near the victim’s house on the day of the murder. “Two sources say that my client told them he committed the murder, but they are unreliable; they are both illegally on the island, but they have not been deported.”
He concluded that many aspects of the investigation do not check out. “There is reasonable doubt that my client did this,” and pointed out that his client’s interests have been violated by the fact that witnesses who could prove his innocence could not be heard. The attorney dismissed references to S.’s convictions in the United States as an attempt to rouse popular feelings against him. He asked the court to acquit his client.
Prosecutor Den Hartigh said that the investigation of other suspects had not revealed any involvement in the murder.

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