NAACP 2015 Press Conference
May 5, 2015
Dear Rev. Tillett:
First, thank you
for the assistance your organization has rendered to my family in matters
related to the death of Katherine Sarah Morris.
For three years the
Morris family has asked for a complete investigation into the circumstances
surrounding the death of 22 year old Katherine Sarah Morris, (Katherine), a
young African American woman who died of carbon monoxide poisoning, as a result
of a charcoal grill lit in her car. Her body was found in an Arundel Mills Mall
parking lot. The lead investigative
agency on this case has been the Anne Arundel County Police Dept. (AACPD). Other agency involvement lead back to ties
with the AACPD. We feel that they have
repeatedly over the duration of 4 different police chiefs failed to give this
matter a proper investigation. Key
evidence has been lost, tampered with and /or destroyed, as a result of a
series of errors emanating from the AACPD.
We strongly feel that the civil rights of Katherine have been violated
and as a result our ability to now find justice on her behalf have been
1. August 3, 2011 Katherine Sarah
Morris is duped into a fraudulent marriage by a United States Army soldier who
continues a three year adulterous relationship with another woman. The husband becomes the beneficiary of a
$100,000 life insurance policy with no suicide clause. March of 2012 the husband and the other woman
make wedding plans.
2. The victim obtains proof of the
perpetrated fraud and adulterous relationship.
For unknown reasons on May 2, 2012 the other woman (another U.S.
soldier) and another female (also a Dept. of the Army employee) using several
aliases spend 3 hours attempting to communication with the victim. On May 4, 2012, the victim threatens to go to
military authorities with that proof.
3. Sat. May 5, 2015, the victim’s car
enters the Arundel Mills Mall parking lot at approx. 6 pm.
4. The car and victim are under the
scrutiny of three different parking lot surveillance camera’s all of which were
operational on May 5 and 6 of 2012. The
victim parks in overflow lot for movie theater parking. The victim is found by mall security, and pronounced
dead at 5:27 a.m. on May 6, 2012.
responding mall security officer by his own testimony disturbs the crime scene. He
touches both car doors, keys to the ignition,
the trunk of the car, admits to searching the car and takes photos of the
victim. He spends a questionable amount
of time at the scene before placing a 911 call.
Officers responding to the 911 call Googled the method of death which came back
a method of suicide. The mother later googled
the method of death, it came back a method of murder. (See Kanae Kijimi – Serial Killer, whose
story hit the Internet around April 12, 2012).
7. AACPD process scene, medical
examiner makes statement about apparent suicide before processing body
and leaves a 24 hour window as time
of death. Parents are notified
but told they do not have to come view their daughters body, AACPD arranges to
send the body directly to the funeral home.
Parents are not told about burns on victim’s body – funeral home Director
informs parents at door to viewing.
8. Suicide ruling issued in about 72 hours.
May 6, 2012 Chief Gary Lyle,
a retired Anne Arundel County police officer and now the Chief of
Public Safety Officer of Anne Arundel Community College who had oversight over
the camera footage states “It does not appear that anyone ever
exited or entered the decease's vehicle” and stating during
deposition that he watched the entire video.
10. After facing a year of resistance the
family members are finally able to see the video footage. They discover the original surveillance
footage is destroyed and/or altered. What they receive are bits and pieces of
the May 5, 2012 recordings only. Officer
Gary Lyle a retired 26 year veteran of the AACPD with a background in special
investigations had failed to preserve and or make a master copy of any May 6
2013 the family reached out to Michael Maresca Dir. of Valor Security at the
Arundel Mills Mall. He tells parents of the
victim that he will not make any statements to them that contradict what they have
been told by the AACPD. His agency
refused to comply with a court issued subpoena for documents and appearing for
deposition. Another Valor Security
guard also defied a subpoena to appear for deposition. Mr. Maresca requested that the family never
contact him again.
12. To date according to AACPD no so
called “viable prints” have been found inside or outside the victim’s car. There has been no mention of the victim’s own
prints being found.
13. In May 2012, the victim’s cell
phone and IPOD were released to the family, homicide requested they be returned
48 hours later corrupting the chain
14. The available footage on May 5
shows an unidentified white SUV pulling away from the victim’s car at the exact
time that the victim’s brake lights are on for about 10 minutes.
15. On the morning of May 6, 2012 a
witness contacted the AACPD. She’s never
contacted back. Upon being deposed she
testified that there was another vehicle (an SUV) in the parking lot on the
night the victim dies, allegedly with a
woman sitting in it from approx. 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
In 2013 and 2015 – outside
investigative agencies offer assistance
Kim of Fight Fraud America (FFA)
writes “While her car had NOT MOVED, her phone took quite a journey. The report
that was generated is black and white. The autopsy allowed a 24 hours window
for time-of-death. The cell phone movements were tracked for that time period and
intense attention was focused on the approximately 8-9 hours prior to discovery
of her body ..”
17. Eliya Azoulay,
Director/Case Management (Reg#R-071922) of Expert Data Forensics writes
..the parking lot video footage was not available in its entirety .., leaving
me to question Kathy’s physical or her body’s whereabouts during the time in
question. If the geo location data is accurate,..we missing the proof of where
Kathy’s physical body was, topped with the fact that time-of exact death is a
24 hour window we were unable to map an exact timeline of her physical being
during her final 12 hours.
18. (FFA) writes
..we filmed a controlled burn… and found that it produced actual
flame for 16 minutes. At the 2 minute mark..flames were 8-10 inches in height.
.. If lit in the car, there is absolute certainty it would have produced
significant interior damage…Additionally.., the last surveillance frames
indicated a white SUV, coincidentally similar, if not identical, to the
description of the vehicle driven by a noted person-of-interest and that same
person of interest having a degree in forensics. Please look at 9:51 in
the timeline. There is then more than 7 hours of missing video
surveillance, explained by "lack of motion detected" even though the
scene was a parking lot for a twenty-four screen movie theater that operated
until 2:00 a.m.
to an orthopedic/medical expert the post
mortem positioning of the body was not consistent with the reported matter of
death. The medical examiners finding of the victim allegedly having an
empty bladder after 11 hours in a parked vehicle is of concern as well.
20. Expert Data Forensics
a Las Vegas based firm extracted GPS files (and others) from the victim’s cell
phone, iPod and laptop.
2013 responding to a Freedom of Information Request the AACPD provided the
family with a CD of the same GPS extractions from the victim’s cell and IPOD.
brief comparison of the data extracted by the AACPD to the Expert
Forensics recovered GPS data files shows a missing block of time in the AACPD file provided to the
family. The time missing is a block at
3:52 a.m. that would have shown the victim’s cell phone moving through Elkridge/Howard
County and not at the Arundel Mills Mall.
Yet less than 2 hours later the phone
is found in the car with the victim when she is pronounced dead at 5:27
In closing, Eliya Azoulay of Expert
Data Forensics – states that “the reviewed
data that was extracted forensically by Leon Mare. The extraction process was
forensically… sound however, the devices that the data was extracted from ie;
iPod, Toshiba Laptop and iPhone were spoilt evidence. These evidentiary devices
were not preserved, ... I questioned the GPS / geolocation data specifically on
Kathy’s cell phone. The data from the Cellebrite extraction report suggests
that the phone moved around and was possibly not in the vehicle at various
points as originally assumed, for example, according to Mrs. Morris, at 9:45 pm
on evening of 05/05/2012 the video surveillance footage shows Kathy’s car in
the parking lot with the brake lights on, the Cellebrite report geo located the
phone to a different geographical location connecting via cell tower…”
In addition, in
2013, at a Press Conference, the AACPD announced they were appointing a
volunteer homicide panel to reinvestigation the suicide finding. To date, even
after a Freedom of Information request, no proof or documentation has been
produced that the panel actually reviewed any evidence. There are no
meeting times or minutes etc. The family believes that in reality, there was
very little evidence preserved or still available for them to review. Multiple
documented requests have been ignored.
The AACPD also reference
another reinvestigation occurring in 2012, the family cites several conflicts
of interest that would nullify any actual results of that so called
happened to my child and we believe we all deserve to know what happened. We respectfully request your organizations
assistance along with any other resources you have at your disposal to help us
in obtaining justice and truth in the death of Katherine Sarah Morris. Thank you.
M. Morris, and the family of Katherine Sarah Morris