nose and mouth. Mr. Hamm saw what he thought was a multi-colored scarf around her neck. Thefemale was wearing a tee shirt and was nude from the waist down. Mr. Hamm turned off the water andreturned to his apartment to call 911. Mr. Hamm also stated during his interview that the residents inapartment #2 had a party on 06/03/94 and there were people in and out of apartment #2 until 0130hours on 06/04/94.4. The Palisade Police Departmen
t requested assistance from the Mesa County Sheriff’s
Office. MCSOInvestigator Steve Stogsdill assisted in the investigation. At approximately 0940 hours on 06/04/94Investigator Stogsdill arrived at 855 Inness Court, Apartment #2 and started to examine the crime scene.During the investigation, Mesa County District Attorney Frank Daniels was contacted by Palisade PoliceChief Greg Kuhn and briefed on the investigation. During the conversation Mr. Daniels requested asearch warrant be obtained to search and process the apartment for evidence.5. The victim was identified as Jacie Taylor (DOB: 03/28/75). She was transported to CommunityHospital where a Forensic Autopsy was performed by Doctor Robert Kurtzman. During the autopsy, Dr.Kurtzman found the victim had contusions (bruises) and abrasions (scrapes) on the body indicating shehad been involved in a struggle and had been beaten prior to death. These injuries (contusions andabrasions) were noted on the arms, legs, genitalia, anus, face and head. Dr. Kurtzman concluded theinjury to the genitalia and anus indicated the decedent had been sexually assaulted. A pink in color dog
leash was tied around the victim’s neck and several pieces of soap had been inserted in the victim’s
vagina. Fingernails on the right and left hand of the decedent were broken, indicative of a struggle. Dr.Kurtzman ruled the cause of death was Ligature Strangulation and the manner of death was Homicide.
At the autopsy, control samples of the victim’s blood, head hai
rs, pubic hairs, oral, vaginal and rectalswabs and fingernails were obtained and later sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation forexamination and testing. The soap and the dog leash were also collected at autopsy and sent to theColorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.6. On June 4, 1994, Officer Dave Schumacher prepared an affidavit for a search warrant for 855 InnessCourt, Apartment #2 and the search warrant was issued by District Judge Charles Buss. On June 4, 1994,the crime scene was examined and processed by Investigator Stogsdill, Chief Investigator Gil Stone with
the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Joseph Snyder of Forensic Science Consultants.
During the examination, several blood drops, blood spatters and blood smears were found andexamined by Mr. Snyder
. Mr. Snyder’s report indicated
medium velocity bloodstain pattern on the livingroom sofa and on the wall behind the
sofa. Mr. Snyder’s report describes medium velocity pattern is a
result of a bloody surface being impacted by a medium velocity impact or a bloody object striking asurface with a medium velocity force. A medium velocity impact is consistent with a force of between
25 to 100 feet per second. Blunt force trauma per Mr. Snyder’s report is an excell
ent example of thistype of spatter. Mr. Snyder also found blood splattering and concentrated blood stains, as well as hairson items located on the living room sofa. Mr. Snyder also conducted a preliminary test for blood on thehandle of the bathroom sink which showed positive for blood.7. Mr. Snyder later testified at trial about the crime scene processing at 855 Inness Court, Apartment 2.He described blood spatter on the apartment wall, blood on pizza boxes in the living room, and a blueand white blanket that was located on the south corner of the living room couch. The blanket and pizzaboxes were collected and booked into evidence. Mr. Snyder testified he tested the blanket afterreceiving it on 10/24/94 and located a semen stain on the blanket. He testified that John Moran fromCBI had previously tested the blanket and did not find the semen stain on the blanket.