|released on parole|
|DOB: April 17, 1964|
|Kevin Fitzpatrick's case data|
|State and Parish||Louisiana, Vernon Parish|
|Crime||one count of armed robbery|
|Date of Crime||July 2, 1992|
|Date of Arrest||July 3, 1992|
|Date of Conviction||July 30, 1993|
|Sentence||Sixty (60) years at hard labor|
|Age at the Date of Crime||28|
|Contributing Factors||Perjury, False Accusation, Official Misconduct|
|Did DNA evidence contribute to the conviction?||No|
|Is there DNA evidence to test?||Yes|
Cornelia Elizabeth Young is the victim in this case. She goes by Connie. Kevin Fitzpatrick stated the following below on August 1st, 2005.
Connie’s Statement #1:
Connie testified that we met at the bar on July 3rd, 1992. She gave me a ride to my hotel room. We talked in the car for about 20 to 30 minutes about going swimming. She said that she was deathly afraid of the water but decided to go anyway. She said we went into the room, she had a “broken zipper and was not wearing a bra”, so she went into the bathroom to put on one of my shirts. She said, when she came out of the bathroom, I attacked her. She stated that I cut her with a knife and strangled her with the telephone cord, stole US$ 300.62, her car, and she did not know where I was going.
Connie’s Statement #2:
She testified that we met at the bar. After a few drinks she took me to my hotel room. We sat in the car for about 20 to 30 minutes about going swimming. She said that she was deathly afraid of the water but decided to go anyway. She said that once in the room she “urinated in her underwear” so she put one of my shirts on in the bathroom. She said, when she came out I attacked her. Stabbing her and strangling her with a telephone cord, stole US$ 300.62, her car, and did not know where I was going.
- We had made an agreement three months prior for me to use her car to go to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the 4th of July weekend. All my friends knew I was coming, and the Military knew, I was going.
- She stated that she was deathly afraid of the water, but then testified that we used to go to the beach all the time and go swimming with her child.
- The pool is closed and locked at 6:30 PM with a fence in front of the main office. How are we going to go swimming at 11:30 PM at night?
- She stated she had a broken zipper on her dress. The dress was checked. Their was no broken zipper.
- She stated she urinated in her underwear. They would not allow me to test the underwear. There is a huge difference between having a broken zipper and urinating in your underwear. Why did she not just go home, if she had that kind of accident?
- Police found a “bra” in the room which she later claimed was hers, after stating she was not wearing one.
- She claims that I attacked her outside the bathroom. There is absolutely NO blood in a five foot area around where she said she was attacked. All the blood in the room was in the bed, and on the head board. Her fingernails were broken off and in the bed. The knife was in the bed under sheets!
- Blood spatter expert, Mr. Richard Whitehearst, stated that their is NO way that she was attacked were she stated she was. She was in fact attacked in the bed!
- She stated that she did not know where I was going, yet she gave the police all the information where I was (because I had given it to her).
- She stated that her fingernails were broken, because she was “fighting and scratching for her life to get away from me”. I had NO scratches on me, NO torn clothing.
- Connie stated that I tried to use her ATM card in Chicago. The deal I had made with her for using her car was that I would detail it for her before returning it to her. While detailing her car I found several cards under her seat and letters. I placed them along side my wallet between the center counsel of the car while detailing her car. When I went to the bank to get some money, I placed her ATM card in the machine by accident using MY pin number to get money. After my password would not work twice, I took the card out, noticed it was hers and not mine, took the receipts out, attached them to her card with a rubber band and placed it between the console again. I took my card out and got some money out of my account. I kept the receipts to show her what I had done. ( I had worked for CITYBANK for five years. I know that you cannot use your PIN number on someone else’ card to retrieve funds!)
- The DA stated that I had forged some checks of Connie’s, and was going to charge me with it. I had hired a handwriting expert from the FBI to check the checks, and the handwriting. Once the DA found this out, they dropped the charges. (How convenient!)
- ***Everyone keeps telling me that it is okay for the alleged victim of a crime to change their story. They can change where they were attacked, how they were attacked, and it does not make a difference. I have never changed my testimony, NOT ONCE! I know what happened that night, that is why my story NEVER changes. She is covering something up, that is why she cannot tell the same story twice. If you lie once, you have to keep lying to cover it up!
Connie and I had made arrangement a few months prior for me to use her car to go to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for the fourth of July weekend (that is where I grew up and attended Military School). The Military knew I had to be back by that following Monday to discharge. She met me in the bar. We had a few drinks, then she took me to the hotel so that I could shower and get on my way. She was going to use the room for the weekend. She was also going to a party that evening and they were picking her up at the hotel. While I was in the shower she stated that they were here and she was leaving. When I got out of the shower she was gone. I got dressed and left. I got some gas, and ate some chicken. I passed back by the bar to say good bye to everyone, but could not find a place to park. So, I left for Wisconsin. I noticed that my bracelet was not on my wrist, so I stopped back at the hotel, parked right in front of the office (which has 8 foot windows) to see, if it was in the room. Connie had my keys so I went inside to get another key from the clerk. I got back in the car to go to the room. I flicked my cigarette out the window, hitting the window and the cigarette came back into the car. I found the cigarette under the seat, along with my bracelet. (The hasp was broken.) Since I did not have to go back to the room now, I just left. (The clerk testified that she saw me pull away.) When I arrived in Lake Geneva I was arrested and told that I was being charged with Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery. (My attempted first degree murder conviction, case number 47062, was dropped because of double jeopardy.)
* I have never changed my testimony, NEVER! Not even a little bit. I know what happened that evening. That is why my testimony has never changed! My fingerprints were not on the knife, not on the phone, and not on the phone cord! No blood was on my clothing, nor in her car. I had no scratches on me nor any torn clothing.
** Five (5) weeks prior to my arrest, Connie had accused another soldier at Fort Polk of the exact same crime (also a friend of hers). She stated that he beat her up and stole US$ 300.00 from her. He was arrested, but charges were dropped for lack of evidence. His name is Mike Jendra. I hired a private investigator who found Mike. He wanted to testify at my trial for me, but my attorney never called upon him for reasons never told to me. I was not allowed to tell the jury about Mike. The judge said that it had nothing to do with my trial.
This talk show “Judge For Yourself” was aired in 1996 (00:36:29). It is about the case Louisiana v. Kevin Fitzpatrick
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State of Louisiana – Court of Appeal, Third Circuit
Cornelia E. Young v. Kevin Fitzpatrick
February 4, 2004