Posted at: 07/13/2012 6:22 PM
By: Beth Wurtnann
TROY - Up until today, jurors have only seen 34-year-old Scott Chaplin here in court, accused in the beating death of Rosemary Crosier during burglary or robbery eighteen years ago.
But on Friday, they got a chance to see and hear what Chaplin said about his involvement shortly after the murder, during an interview for WTEN with reporter John McLoughlin.
"So you're saying that you had nothing to do at all with her murder," McLoughlin asked Chaplin in 1994.
"Nothing at all. Absolutely nothing at all," Chaplin responded.
After the story was entered into evidence, it was released to us Friday. McLouglin said prosecutors were just hoping Chaplin's statements will fill in some pieces of the puzzle.
"They're very short excerpts in which the defendant said he had no involvement in the murder and the other that he had no romantic involvement with the victim," he said.
This week, Chaplin's story changed. His attorney admitted to the jury that Chaplin lied about the affair, but said, he had nothing to do with the murder.
Prosecutors said DNA evidence ties Chaplin to the crime scene, calling a forensic dentist to the stand, who tested bite marks found on a paper towel roll.
"I compared the bite mark to dental casts of Scott Chaplin and I found that the bite mark was Scott Chaplin's," Dr. Lowell Levine told NewsChannel 13.
The defense attorney said Chaplin did visit the group home where Crosier worked the night she was killed, but said he left before the murder.
Testimony resumes on Monday.