A Florida trial started this week in a murder case that defies the right to a speedy trial. The case involves a murder of a young woman that occurred in 1986.
The central issue in the trial will be the defendant’s DNA. At the time of the alleged crime, the defendant was out on bail awaiting sentencing for another murder. For almost of quarter of a century, the case went unsolved. Then, in 2010, the defendant was arrested on battery charges involving his wife. The defendant’s DNA was taken during booking and submitted to a national database. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) found that the defendant’s DNA matched blood and semen obtained from the 1986 crime scene.
Problems with the DNA have already surfaced. Different results were obtained from two different labs. The FDLE test had produced only a partial match. But the test results from a second private lab provided an exact hit. The difference between the two results will be used by the defense to argue the accused’s innocence.
A second issue in the case that will create problems for the prosecution involves the reasons often cited for the need for a speedy trial. When cases grow cold, memories fade, physical evidence may be compromised or even destroyed, potential witnesses could even have died. In this case, the diagram of the crime scene created by the Sheriff’s Office is missing. And the technician who worked the crime scene can’t recall important details. The medical examiner at the time has testified, but changes are the defense will try to impeach his testimony due to the time that has passed.
The attorney for the defense has given a good synopsis of how he will make the case for the accused. The DNA issues will be important, but missing evidence will also be important. “There is no evidence of fingerprints implicating [the defendant]. They have found no vehicle [the defendant] was driving at the time. They have found no evidence linking [the defendant] to the murder other than DNA.”
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By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The government says Alfredo Sararo is a crook and a liar who deserves maximum prison time when he is sentenced today in a Florida courtroom for defrauding affluent Pittsburghers out of millions in fraudulent Gulf Coast real estate deals.
“The defendant, to put it bluntly, is a con man with no verified employment who is determined to live a lifestyle far beyond his means,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Conway said in court papers filed in objection to Mr. Sararo’s request for leniency.
“Even now the defendant is living in a beautiful home in an exclusive gated community with no apparent means of paying for the home and meeting his other obligations. His only true skill seems to be his ability to get influential and smart people to believe whatever misrepresentation he happens to be telling at the moment, and he found his mark in Robert Horgos.”
Mr. Horgos, a retired Allegheny County Common Pleas judge who once considered Mr. Sararo akin to a “baby brother,” testified against him under a grant of immunity this summer in Naples, Fla.
A jury convicted Mr. Sararo of tax and wire fraud.
Prosecutors said Mr. Sararo, a former Allegheny County probation officer and a former tennis teacher in Naples, duped Mr. Horgos into enticing his rich friends, including Senior Judge Gerard Bigley and a host of local doctors and lawyers, into investing in bogus real estate deals that cost them some $3.3 million.
Mr. Sararo is facing up to 27 years in federal prison. He and his lawyer, Robert Rosenblatt, are arguing for a lesser sentence because they say Mr. Sararo has shown remorse. They also argue that Mr. Horgos should have been prosecuted but instead has gone unpunished because he cut a deal……..
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