TROY -- It was the first day of trial for Scott Chaplin whose facing charges of second degree murder in connection with the death of Rosemary Crosier back in 1994.
During opening arguments Wednesday, Chaplin's attorney admitted his client had an affair with Crosier and that he was in the group home the night of her murder. Chaplin had always denied having a relationship with Crosier.
"He lied, he kept back the fact that he had this
ongoing relationship with Rosemary Crosier. It was 31 years difference, almost
32 years difference. He didn't want her husband to know, her kids to know, his
parents to know," F. Stanton Ackerman said.
The Special Prosecutor n the case Robert Becher said Chaplin murdered Crosier for money. They alledge she had cash in her purse and he was after crack cocaine.
"With these admissions, the defendent is at the
scene of the murder within a very short time of when that murder
occurred," Becher said.
Chaplin had long been a person of interest in the case, but recent advances in forensic technology allowed them to obtain the necessary evidence. Chaplin's DNA was found in two different locations at the murder scene and his bite mark was found on a roll of paper towel.
"You'll going to listen to some of the witnesses
here and you'll hear that Scott Chaplin had absolutely nothing to do with what
was going on. Why would he, he was having a wonderful time, he was a 16, 17
year old kid," Ackerman said.
The trial resumes Thursday at 10am.