~ CORTNEY FRY ~
~HEATHER MARIE NUNN ~
SAY NO TO A GRAND JURY
"The secrecy that makes a grand jury effective is also what makes it controversial.
The news that Lancaster County District Attorney Donald R. Totaro has received court permission to convene a grand jury here should not be taken lightly. This is a powerful tool to be used only as a last resort by prosecutors faced with difficult unsolved crimes."
"...We wish Totaro and the grand jury good luck in solving the crimes they investigate. But we're also glad that this process is an uncommon one ...this is only the second grand jury ever formed in the history of Lancaster County - and that, for the most part, the criminal justice system here works in full view of the public.
It's a lot safer that way for both the innocent and the guilty."
~ The quotes above are excerpts from an editorial in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal dated August 14, 2001 regarding the empanelling of a grand jury by District Attorney Donald Totaro.
On March 15, 2005, Lancaster District Attorney Donald Totaro announced that he is empanelling yet another investigative grand jury less than four years later and only the third in Lancaster County history. The link to the article is here http://www.lancasteronline.com/pages/news/1460.
Why? As the editorial above states, this tool is a last resort. In the case of Heather Marie Nunn, they have the killer's DNA and yet they haven't even released a description, let alone a picture, of the killer's gloves to the public. They have not released a description of the gun.
In the case of Cortney Fry, they have not released how she died and if it was by gunshot, what type of gun was used; whether she was killed where her body was found or buried there afterwards; what accelerant was used to burn her body and whether her legs were broken before or after she was killed.
They have not called in outside help to solve either brutal murder. Obviously, that step should be taken prior to having the secret, expensive and lengthy process of an investigating grand jury look at the cases, if that is the DA's intent. There are two killers on the loose. We need experienced, competent, outside help brought in to solve them now.
MUCH MORE IS COMING TOMORROW.
SAY "NO" TO A GRAND JURY
~ CORTNEY FRY ~
THE DA IS TRYING TO HUSH UP THE CASE (Posted 3-22-05)
There seems to be a problem solving crimes in Lancaster County. An investigating grand jury was empanelled in 1995, again in 2001, and now Lancaster District Attorney, Donald Totaro, has announced yet another. This requires 23 jurors and 10 alternates and costs the citizens of this county a huge amount of money and time.
Interestingly, Totaro is quoted in the New Era article, "Target: unsolved mysteries" on March 15, 2005, saying that he asked President Judge Louis J. Farina's permission to convene the jury in February. That is the same time I was placing phone calls to the State Attorney General's office to get help with this brutal crime the Lancaster County Detectives obviously did not want or plan to solve.
I placed those calls shortly after a phone interview with Chief County Detective Michael Landis on February 11, 2005. In that interview he said the detectives had not questioned Micah Stewart, Cortney Fry's boyfriend, since her body was found well over two weeks before on January 22, 2005.
Now Totaro wants to convene an investigative grand jury to interview "witnesses" when his office made no attempt to interview the primary suspect and last known person to see her alive for over two weeks after her body was found and identified.
Why hasn't he asked for help if his detectives can't get this killer off the streets? Why hasn't he gone to the State Attorney General and asked for help? Why hasn't he asked other law enforcement agencies to come in and review the evidence to see if his detectives are missing something?
This grand jury is nothing but a blatant attempt to keep this case hushed up and to keep the media and other interested parties away. Not one detail of the autopsy has been released. The Lancaster County detectives have made no attempt to solve this crime. And now the DA wants to convene an investigative grand jury to keep it hushed up. This is corruption at the highest level. There is a killer on the loose. Demand answers in the Cortney Fry murder now.
Coming later - who can say "no" to a grand jury in Pennsylvania?
Lindy Biechler, Christy Mirack, Mary Ann Bagenstose, Brenda C. Heist, Cortney Fry, Heather Marie Nunn
Cortney Fry (Posted 3-21-05)
Every single fact and clue in the brutal murder of this 19 year-old mother of a two-week old baby has pointed towards one person. Everything the Lancaster County Detectives have done from day one in their "investigation," with the help of the Lancaster Newspapers, is to try to point suspicion away from that one person. This is a cover-up. The murder suspect is being protected by the detectives. The detectives involved in this case need to be arrested and charged with conspiracy at the very least. The editors of the Lancaster Newspapers need to be fired and possibly charged as well.
~ There will be a detailed report here tomorrow.
~ There will be an article on the investigating grand jury empanelled by Lancaster District Attorney, Donald Totaro, on Wednesday.
~ There will be an article on how the Lancaster Newspapers "protect" Franklin & Marshall College on Thursday.