CARMEL, N.Y. -- A key witness in the Anthony DiPippo trial told jurors Monday that fear kept her from coming forward about the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Carmel girl, according to a report by lohud.com.
Denise Rose testified in Putnam County Court that she saw DiPippo and his friend Andrew Krivak rape and murder Josette Wright in the fall of 1994, lohud.com reported.
Rose said she was in Krivak’s van during the fatal assault, and pleaded for the two men to stop attacking Josette, but fell silent when they threatened her, and, because she was still afraid that they would kill her, stayed mum until 1996 when she was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies, the lohud.com story said.
Defense counsel Marc Agnifilo tried to cast doubt on Rose’s credibility by questioning the reason she had finally decided to speak up and by bringing up her criminal record and history of drug use, the lohud.com report said.
DiPippo, who had two previous convictions overturned on appeal and who is on trial for the third time, has maintained his innocence. He has been out on bail since June.
Krivak, who was found guilty in 1997, lost an appeal and is still in state prison while pursuing his legal options.
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