Bar owner testifies in Littlejohn trial

May 13, 2009 2:40:00 PM PDT
Lawyers for the bouncer on trial in the murder of Imette St. Guillen have said police have the wrong man. And Wednesday, Darryl Littlejohn's lawyers went after the manager of the bar in court. Defense attorneys for the 44-year-old Littlejohn would certainly like a jury to believe he had nothing to do with the crime. But Danny Dorrian, the owner of the Falls Bar in SoHo, said nothing to reporters outside the courthoust. He also said very little when he was peppered with questions from Littlejohn's attorney about the murder of St. Guillen in 2006.

"Why would somebody lie to police about something like this?" defense attorney Joyce Davide said. "You can say, well, if [Dorrian] would lie to protect his family from scandal, he certainly would lie to protect himself from a murder charge."

The defense argues that Littlejohn was set up in order to protect Dorrian, who has an influential family that has endured scandals in the past. Dorrian's father owns a bar that was where the infamous preppie killer, Robert Chambers, first met his victim Jennifer Levin, two decades ago.

In court Wednesday, Danny Dorrian appeared evasive and said he simply didn't remember numerous things about the case. For example, when asked if police ever looked at his body to see if he had any scratches, Dorrian replied, "I don't know."

"You don't remember if police looked at your body?" the defense attorney asked.

"That week was a crazy week, ma'am," he replied.

"It was very strange, not to remember things that you should remember," Davide said. "And the only thing that he seemed absolutely positive about was that the quilt hadn't been at the Falls Bar. That, he clearly remembered."

That quilt was used to wrap the body of Imette St. Guillen, who was found in East New York hours after she disappeared. Prosecutors emphasized that DNA evidence will tie Darryl Littlejohn to the crime scene.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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