One of the star witnesses in the 2012 murder trial of Waseem Daker recanted her story this Monday at a hearing for a new trial, admitting to a number of lies she reportedly told while under oath, MDJ reports.
Loretta Spencer Blatz was one of several witnesses that testified against Daker two years ago, when he was on trial for the 1995 murder of Karmen Smith and the attempted murder of Nick Smith, her then 5-year-old son. In a twist of events, however, Blatz filed several affidavits, insisting that she lied on the stand and now wants to recant her testimony.
According to Blatz, not only did she lie about the nature of the relationship between herself and Daker, but she also lied about him threatening her and her daughter. In fact, Blatz now states that they had sex in 1995 when he was invited to her home, and that he never threatened her or her family at anytime.
Daker, who is facing life plus 47 years in prison, has prepared a motion for a new trial. In the hearing on Monday, he interrogated Blatz and asked her to explain why she was dishonest.
“I was terrified of you, I wanted you to pay. I did lie and say things that were not true because it was a horrific thing that happened and I thought you did it," Blatz explained tearfully while on the stand.
In addition to denying the previous abuse allegations, Blatz stated that the blankets found around Karmen Smith's body was previously used by Daker at her home. She said she gave the blankets to Karmen Smith a few days later. One of the key points of the trial last year was that Daker's hair follicle that was located on the blankets used to hide Karmen Smith.
On Tuesday, Daker appeared before Superior Court Judge Mary Staley and stated that the Cobb District Attorney's Office hid evidence during his trial while trying to prosecute him. It could take a few weeks, according to Staley, before she makes a decision as to whether a new trial will be granted.
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