YOKNAPATAPHWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T. Armstrong
Incident No.: 000229-12A-2018
Case Description: Veronica Smith death investigation

The Yoknapatawpha County Crime Scene Unit provided the summary of preliminary forensic analysis results of the items taken into evidence from the scene where Veronica Smith was found dead and from the coroner's office.


Fingerprints
Item Finding
000229-01: One (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet of 20 lb. paper, white, folded with text printed on one side None found
000229-02: One (1) Clear-colored drinking glass with gold trim and etching containing  2 ounces brown liquid O'Connor, George
Smith, Veronica
000229-03: One (1) 28-ounce cut glass decanter containing 9 ounces brown liquid O'Connor, George
Smith, Veronica
000229-04: One (1) Clear-colored drinking glass with gold trim and etching, empty None found
000229-05: One (1) television remote control O'Connor, George
Smith, Haley
Smith, Veronica
000229-14: One (1) Altoids Smalls tin, 1.5" x 2.5" x .5" Unidentified
000229-15: One (1) plastic bag, white, 17 x 18" Unidentified

 

GC-MS Toxicology
Item Finding
Two (2) ounces brown liquid recovered from 000229-02 Positive for ethanol and ketamine
Nine (9) ounces brown liquid recovered from 000229-03 Positive for ethanol
Two (2) white oval tablets recovered from 000229-14 Positive for acetaminophen and hydrocodone
Three (3) white square tablets recovered from 000229-14 Negative

 

Identification
Item Finding
000229-01: One (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet of 20 lb. paper, white, folded with text printed on one side Steganographic markings embedded in the printer output identify the manufacturer and model of printer as an HP Color LaserJET 2680
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000229-15: One (1) plastic bag, white, 17 x 18" .5 mil linear low-density polyethylene with perforated edge; residue inside bag consistent with cosmetics, sebum, and saliva
Two (2) ounces brown liquid recovered from 000229-02 Consistent with spiced rum
Nine (9) ounces brown liquid recovered from 000229-03 Consistent with spiced rum
Three (3) white square tablets recovered from 000229-14 Consistent with breath mints

 

 

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Not sure what to make of the fingerprints. There weren't any on the suicide note, which makes me think the murderer wore gloves. But then there were unidentified prints on both the plastic bag and the Altoids tin. Presuming the plastic bag was...

Not sure what to make of the fingerprints. There weren't any on the suicide note, which makes me think the murderer wore gloves. But then there were unidentified prints on both the plastic bag and the Altoids tin. Presuming the plastic bag was the "murder weapon," why would the murderer wear gloves for the fake suicide note but not the bag? Seems like the murderer was being careful after the fact. Did he/she not think about prints on the bag but remembered them for the note? Strikes me as odd. The tin might make since if it was an accident, but the plastic bag?

Speaking of the murder weapon, I'm now not sure it was actually how Veronica died. There's ketamine in the rum, and I think it's safe to presume Veronica drank it. Ketamine is a pretty strong anesthetic that a person can die of an overdose from. That points to suicide, but all other evidence points to someone else putting it in Veronica's glass to murder her instead. It's also something that could be put in the glass without touching it, so the prints for George O'Connor don't necessarily point towards him. He could have handled the glass long before anything was put in it. On the other hand, it could be him who killed Veronica, but then why wouldn't his prints be on the plastic bag?

Also, the toxicology report shows that some of the tablets in the Altoids tin are acetaminophen with hydrocodone, which is a a very strong pain reliever medication. It's also schedule II, meaning that the only way a person could get it was from a doctor's prescription. I'd have to look through all the interviews and so forth again to double-check, but the first person who comes to mind who would need that kind of medication is Kenneth Lemmons. That could put him at the scene of the crime, especially if the unidentified prints on the plastic bag and the Altoids tin are one and the same. On the other hand, ketamine isn't available as an over-the-counter medication, and that makes me think about Ruthie Foreman instead. As a nurse, she would have access to both ketamine and hydrocodone. Ketamine is also used recreationally, so maybe Veronica got it that way too.

Not sure what to make of the rest except that it seems the police need to check every single printer in the world to see where there's an HP Color LaserJET 2680 that could have printed the note. Who owns one? Not sure how common of a printer it is either, so it might point to a lot of false leads. How far ahead of time was the note typed and printed? Was it done in Veronica's own house? Does she have this kind of printer at home? If not, the note would have needed to be printed before the murderer came to do the deed, which indicated premeditated murder.

I'm just throwing ideas out there. We definitely need an autopsy before we can conclude how exactly Veronica died, it asphyxiation from the plastic bag was the cause, if there's ketamine in her system, how drunk she was, etc. What do the rest of you think?

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The prints on the bag may have been the store clerk as he loaded purchases in. If the murderer was wearing glove their prints wouldn't be on the bag.
George's prints on the decanter and one of the glasses is odd. The absence of prints on the...

The prints on the bag may have been the store clerk as he loaded purchases in. If the murderer was wearing glove their prints wouldn't be on the bag.
George's prints on the decanter and one of the glasses is odd. The absence of prints on the other glass is also strange. At first thought it could be explained by that glass not being used.
and freshly washed. But...it was carried by some one to the bedroom, if a tray was used there would still be prints from putting it on the tray, unless someone was wearing gloves (or carefully wiped prints off of just one unused glass, not very likely)
There are also two glasses which indicates two people. George is the obvious choice but you would think that if he put on gloves to place the clean glass that he wouldn't have been so careless or naive to leave his prints on a glass containing ketomine. George had time to dispose of the tainted glass before the police arrived but he didn't. He might have cleared the glass and decanter away from her in the process of seeing if she was really dead. George just seems too obvious.
The two people (two glasses) is odd for a couple of reasons. If it is found (as we are now assuming i think) that Veronica had ketomine in her system to 'knock her out' she would have had to have drunk at least some of the rum. There was a good portion left in the glass, or perhaps a second pour but her companion hadn't even poured a glass to seem social. Her companion would need to have been someone she was comfortable with in her bed room. If not George, maybe a close friend, like one of the drinking buddies. I admit I'm not really seeing a 'lover' but you never know about the ex, Michael.
Like you, Shielddrake, just some thoughts.

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lgillette, yep, yep, I love all the points you've brought up...what about ol' Georgie having an affair? Veronicas sister has a shaky alibi at best, and she seems to "..go out at night pretty often to check on her vet patients...wonder if that's...

lgillette, yep, yep, I love all the points you've brought up...what about ol' Georgie having an affair? Veronicas sister has a shaky alibi at best, and she seems to "..go out at night pretty often to check on her vet patients...wonder if that's what she really does...she has access to ketamine, and of course Veronica wouldn't object to her sister in her bedroom.Whoever sent those messages seemed pretty informed about Georges morning activities like what time he gets up etc. I'm just throwing stuff out there....oh, and the coroner's report did say something about petitchei, which is the red dots (tiny broken blood vessels) caused by the pressure exerted when someone is choked...but because she was just denied oxygen with the bag, I think the petichei was found on her pleural lining instead.

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Going to have to look back at the sister...
Thanks for the bloody eye info!

 
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