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Criminal Justice 354 Essay

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Last year, on the mid-afternoon of October 18th, the defendant, Stu Dents, left his apartment on Main Street and drove to Broadway and 83rd. Two eyewitnesses say the defendant then walked through the Broadway Arms apartment building to his girlfriend’s apartment, number 156, and entered the apartment.

It is unclear how the defendant entered the apartment, but no signs of force were evident. Witnesses could not say if the defendant used a key. The victim, Uma Opee, was not home at the time. Coworkers say Uma Opee was last seen when she left work at 5:10 p.m.

The body of the victim was found October 19th at 7:45 a.m. behind an abandoned building approximately 5 miles from her residence. ...view middle of the document...

Upon a search of the defendant’s home, detectives found ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, and jewelry owned by the victim among the defendant’s possessions. Among the jewelry found was an inscribed ring with the victim’s name. The ring was later identified by coworkers as a ring the victim wore on a daily basis, including the day of her disappearance. A small bag containing blue ecstasy tablets, with a “thumbs-up” imprint, were found at the defendant’s residence, which matched the tablet found at the victim’s residence. In a locked room toward the back of the defendant’s home, police found a wall completely covered with photographs of the victim. The photos were of Uma Opee in various locations and situations. Some photos appeared to have been taken without her knowledge. Police estimated over 300 photographs of the victim were stapled on the wall. Police also found love letters to the victim and a journal that was started 6 months prior to the incident. The journal included Stu Dents’ name inside the front cover along with detailed events from his first...

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