Rental car black box yields key evidence in murder case


Jun 3, 2003
Rental car black box yields key evidence in murder case
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader |
"Perhaps no one saw Jimmy 'Crush' Davis leaving the scene of a South Franklin Street homicide. But police say they have proof he left the scene within one minute of emergency personnel being dispatched to the scene... Police used a Global Positioning Satellite device from the vehicle Davis drove to track his moves before and after Sheryl Spiros was found shot inside her South Franklin Street apartment... New Jersey officials, through the vehicle's rental company, located the [stolen rental car] using the GPS. The GPS was analyzed by investigators to review the location of the vehicle around the time of the homicide. The GPS showed investigators the Navigator parked at Spiros' apartment at 8:11 p.m. Feb. 11. It stayed there until 6:11 a.m. Feb. 12. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the home at 6:12 a.m... Lupas said it is the first time Luzerne County prosecutors have used such a device in investigating a case, and it was 'very key to investigators in cracking the case.'"

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