Lawrence Reynolds set for March 9 execution Oct 2, 2009 11:01:19 GMT -5
Post by mr dio on Oct 2, 2009 11:01:19 GMT -5
In the late afternoon or early evening of January 11, 1994, Lawrence Reynolds assaulted,robbed, and killed his neighbor, Loretta Foster, in her home. He took forty dollars in cash and ablank check from her purse, and left her almost-nude body lying on the living room floor. Later thatsame night, Reynolds told two friends much of what he had done. Uncertain whether to believe him,the two went to Foster’s home, looked through the living-room window, and saw the body. They alerted the police, who arrested Reynolds early the next morning. Reynolds’s father consented to a search of his son’s bedroom. (Reynolds was twenty-sevenyears old at the time of his acts, and continued to live at home.) The search revealed several itemsof physical evidence later used against Reynolds at trial: (1) gloves and a camouflage jumpsuit, bothsmeared with blood of the same type as Foster’s and containing fibers matching those from a redjacket found in her bedroom; (2) a piece of rope identical to that used on Foster, stained with bloodof her type and containing human hair matching her own; (3) a section of a tent pole, in keeping withwhat Reynolds had told his friends he brought to Foster’s house; and (4) a blank check drawn onFoster’s account. An autopsy concluded that Foster had died from strangulation. Based on the colorof the bruises on her wrists, the coroner testified that Foster had been alive when tied up. Thecoroner was unable to find any physical evidence of sexual conduct.While in jail, Reynolds told a fellow inmate essentially the same story as he had told hisfriends, but with more, at times conflicting, details. For example, Reynolds stated to the inmate thathe had “tried to stick his meat in her,” and yet when the inmate questioned Reynolds specifically onthe matter, he denied trying to rape her.