Saturday, May 24, 2008

Autopsy photos sealed in Lee murder

SARASOTA Crime scene photos of Denise Lee’s body will not be made public, a judge ruled Thursday.

Michael King, 36, appeared in the courtroom for the one-minute hearing in which Circuit Judge Deno Economou approved a defense attorney’s requests to shield the photos from the public as attorneys prepare for the case.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for King, who is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder.

Lee, 21, was reported missing from her North Port home on the afternoon of Jan. 17.

Her body was found two days later in a shallow grave six miles from her home.
A lab has matched King’s DNA to DNA found on Lee’s body, according to court documents filed by the prosecution.

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