Bouncer's murder trial begins

May 11, 2009 2:47:19 PM PDT
Her mothers's hair has turned completely white in the three years since she was murdered. The beaten body of Imette St. Guillen was discovered near a Brooklyn garbage dump in 2006.

The family's lawyer said it has been a struggle for the family to stay strong.

Daryl Littlejohn is accused of raping and killing the 24-year-old grad student from John Jay College in Manhattan.

Prosecutor Ken Taub says all the evidence shows the parolee, working as a bouncer at the Soho bar where the she was last seen alive, is the murderer. That evidence includes his blood and skin on the plastic zipties found binding the victim's wrists.

The prosecution detailed how the defendant's cell phone records show he was in the vicinity where the body was found.

Painting a scary picture of Littlejohn, prosecutors said he was a repeat offender who kidnapped handcuffed attempted to rape and raped two women months before abducting St. Guillen.

Littlejohn has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Joyce David, said her case will show the cell records don't prove her client dumped the body. She said the bouncer was being set up.

Littlejohn was previously sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for kidnapping another young woman.


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