Black Crow Could Face Perjury Charges
February 22, 2008, 5:38 PM
All charges have been dropped in the 1971 Cold Case murder trial involving the disappearance of Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller.
Prosecutors learned their star witness, Aloysius Black Crow was lying about the confession he recorded. The voice on the tape was not the suspect, David Lykken.
Lykken's lawyers say they haven't seen any evidence to implicate Lykken besides the phony confession.
But Attorney General Larry Long says there's plenty of evidence other than the Black Crow recording. But by dismissing the charges before the case goes to trial, it leaves open the chance to try the case again.
If Lykken's lawyers showed that Black Crow was lying after the case had gone before a jury, then Lykken could never be tried again, because that would be double-jeopardy.
Attorney General Larry Long doesn't have an explanation as for why it took so long to find out Black Crow was lying. But he says he's glad caught it when they did.
"I was notified by one of my investigators that they were suspicious Aloysius was lying to us. They followed up. They concluded yesterday afternoon that he was lying," Long says.
Long says he's disappointed.
"Oh yeah absolutely. We don't derive any benefit from being lied to and not figuring out until now," he says.
But Long says he can't comment on how they learned Aloysius Black Crow was lying, because Black Crow could be charged with perjury.
"We're sure considering it," he says.
And he won't say whether this development changes his opinion on David Lykken's guilt or innocence.
Lou Raguse: "You're not clearing David Lykken's name or apologizing to his family?"
Long: "I have no comment on that matter."
Long says time will tell just how much of an affect Black Crow will have on the state's cold case unit. He says the case involving the disappearance of Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller will remain open, and they'll continue to work on it.
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