New Evidence Since Original Determination*
Police photos of hanging scene, mysteriously delivered to mother 6 years later on victim’s birthday, 9 April 1992, show clothing different from items given by police to mother after the death.
Note left with pictures threatened life of companion of victim. After a four year absence, he was killed in a strange “accident”
Two forensic experts and a private detective found evidence insufficient for suicide, and lack of even the most basic police investigation.
Some of the Unaddressed Irregularities in Handling by Police*
After 5 minutes at scene police ruled suicide, despite (I) only evidence was a hanging body; (2) no medical examination; (3) small size of tree; (4) unlikely body position; (5) unusual noose arrangement; (6) scattered wine cooler bottles; (7) no quizzing of witnesses.
Scene was not secured as a crime scene, despite numerous passers-by.
There was no post-mortem lividity evaluation, toxicological examination or autopsy.
Neighbor provided telephone number for prompt notification of mother at work, but 7 hours passed before police contacted her.
Medical examiner claimed to have talked with victim’s sister, but she was in New Jersey with relatives.
Family suggested 33 friends of Warren to police for interviewing. Police questioned only 3-5. The mother requested the noose and was given a piece of rope.
None of the clothes on the deceased in the photos were those returned to Keith’s mother.
Viewing of the body was denied to mother and family before embalmment. Revolting decomposition and maggots were claimed, inconsistent with stated time of death (up to one day earlier).
Evidence was destroyed by police: (I) the tree notch, with no fiber analysis to show whether body was hoisted; (2) the whole tree; (3) the noose.
Inaccurate Informing of County Executive*
Your letter of September 10,1991, to the mother concluded, “A thorough review has been made of the facts and circumstances surrounding your son’s death in 1986. You received a thorough review of your allegations in the federal court systems.” In fact, the U.S. District Court never reviewed the facts and circumstances of the death or the police handling of the case; rather the case was dismissed based on legal technicalities and the statute of limitations on racial discrimination and conspiracy charges.
Questions and Concerns
L WHAT EVIDENCE DOES THE POLICE HAVE TO SUBSTANTIATE A RULING OF SUICIDE IN THE KEITH WARREN DEATH?
De.t, Beasley stated to Keith’s mother that the suicide was based on the way the knot was tied. HOW WAS KNOT TIED—TYPE OF LIGATURE?
b. Aug 1 1986 Keith’s’ uncie fecu ste the noose. The police said it as missing.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KNOT? WAS IT ANALYZED? RESULTS?
C. Officer Leverette stated in his report, “victim apparently used a log to jump off.” DID OFFICER LEVERETTE ACTUALLY SEE A LOG?
A member of the Kensington Fire and Rescue Scuad. first on the scene, contradicts the notion of there being anythino from which to jump. None of the photos show a lop.
D. issue of the clothes. The family did not recognize-any of the clothes in the photos of the hanging body. The friend who 1D’d the body on the scene in 1986. states that the clothes were dearly too big for the body. Keith always wore tee shirts and :;norts all summer.
WHERE DID THE CLOTHES IN THE PHOTOS COME FROM?
DID THE POLICE QUESTION THE LACK OF SOILING ON THE CLOTHES? P. Issues around the tee.
Three weeks after the death of Keith. sometime in mid August’ 86. a friend
accomcanied Keith’s gandmother to the site of the hanging as the a–andmother wished to say some prayers. The tree was gone!
DID THE POLICE CUT THE TREE DOWN? WHY? WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?
Five people verify that one week later Police Chief Brooks told them that the tree was cut down for evidence. IS THIS RECORDED? WAS THE TREE ANALYZED? RESULTS?
II. WHAT TIME WAS THE COLLINS FUNERAL HOME CALLED, BY WHOM AND WHEN DID THEY ARRIVE ON THE SCENE? WHY WAS THE FAMILY NOT CONSULTED PRIOR TO EMBALMING?
The Collins men state they cut down the body.
IS THIS USUAL PROCEDURE AND LEGAL?
III_ WHY DID OFFICER LEVERETTE GO BY THE CHRYSLER/DODGE AUTO DEALER?
He announced that Keith was found handina and implied he committed suicide: he asked for
Keith’s mother’s phone number at work so he could call her, when the neighbor had already offered the number to him earlier.
IV. WHY WERE OTHERS NOTIFIED OF KEITH’S DEATH BEFORE THE MOTHER?
V. IS THERE A RECORD OF THE FAMILY’S AUG 1, 1986 REQUEST FOR AN AUTOPSY? WILL DET. BEASLEY CORROBORATE THAT HE SAID NO AUTOPSY WAS NECESSARY AS THE CASE WAS CLOSED AND THE MOTHER HAD ACCEPTED A RULING OF SUICIDE?
VI. ARE THERE RECORDS OF POLICE INTERVIEWS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS? DID THE POLICE INTERVIEW MARK FINLEY BEFORE HIS DEATH?
VII. Keith was carrying identification as a military dependent. WHY WAS KEITH NOT TAKEN TO THE MORGUE AT ‘HALTER REED HOSPITAL?
VIII WHY DID POLICE CHIEF BROOKS AGREE TO EXHUME THE BODY AND THEN, WHEN THE MOTHER SAID YES, HE REFUSED?
IX. In discussions with Asst. States Attorney Matthew Campbell in July 1993, he indicated that Det. Eeasiey and Joe Lawrence, States investigator, had done a very thorough job. WHERE IS THE DOCUMENTATION FOR THAT OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW? The letter to the mother, dated March 3, 1989 stated that. “1 have decided that there is not enough information for us to request the police department to reopen their investigation.”
X. HOW DOES THE POLICE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF KEITH WARREN?
|VI11.||DID THE POLICE QUESTION THE INDIVIDUALS THAT FOUND THE BODY IN THE WOODS?There are two persons in the police photos, there were three who oreeted the rescue squad and armed about which one would show them the body, and there are three that refuse now to speak without counsel,|
XII, HOW DO THE POLICE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MARK
The ambulance driver and a paramedic state that damage to his head was much too cr eat for the decedent to have been in a bike accident on a nearly level path.
XIII. IN A POSSIBLE MURDER CASE IS THE THREE YEAR STATURE OF
LIMITATIONS ON THE VIOLATION OF SOMEONE’S CIVIL RIGHTS STILL OPERATIVE?
XIII. Under the Freedom of information Act. we request all the official records in this case and
copies of the reviews that were made during the seven years, 1986 to 1993. We also request
copies of all of the coroner’s records in these two cases, Keith Warren and Mark Finley,