Gateway murder trial

Walter Ryan cont’d

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After the interview, Fred was allowed to leave. He had arrived on his bike, but it was seized. He had to get his mother to pick him up.

Detectives served a search warrant on the Village Walk home.

Helmet bags – some have strings like a backpack and some just have a drawstring. Ryan doesn’t recall seeing the helmet bag at the Village Walk home.

This search was a much more thorough search of everything in the home.

At this point, open surveillance of Fred Cooper began – December 31st or January 1st. They weren’t trying to conceal their presence. Prior to that Cooper was not followed.

Surveillance continued to Casselberry Florida, where they openly watched Cooper.

cooper was arrested in Casselberry on January 11, 2006.

Ryan made a special request and asked the crime scene unit to go back to the Andrews home and process Michelle’s vehicle. No additional evidence was retrieved.

Around this time, Ryan met with Lynne Cravin.

Firearms were recovered during the investigation, Florida DOT workers found a gun by the Bonita Beach Road exit on I-75 and contacted the sheriff’s office. Chris Stroka and crime scene techs picked up the gun.

It was tested, but it was not the firearm in this case.

Other firearms were also recovered. A second firearm was found in a dried up lake in Gateway. It was not the gun used in this case.

A third gun was found – it was used in a murder and the detective working that case, it was checked against the bullet in this case. It was not connected – ie not the murder weapon.

No murder weapon has been found.

Ryan did “mileage checks” in this case. He measured the distance and time from Sunsports to the WCI realty/Gateway office. 8.9 miles and it was 13 minutes there, 15 going back.

He also did a mileage check from the front gate of Village Walk to the gate of Cypress Pointe subdivision where Steven and Michelle lived. 23.2 miles and 36 minutes. (Going five over the speed limit in normal traffic). He drove Bonita to I75 to Daniels.

Ryan followed up at Sunsports to see if they had any video on December 23rd 2005 which showed him leaving work. The video was no longer on the hard drive, it had been too long and recorded over.

State has finished.

Defense is cross examining.

January 27, 2006 the photo lineup was shown to Lynn Cravin (the woman who said Cooper asked for the code to Cypress Pointe – the Andrews’ subdivision)

Background and evidence here:

Defense is asking about the photo lineup and did Christopher Stroka create it. (yes, he did)

Ryan says Kellie was alternating between crying and composing herself during her statement and just after.

She had regained her composure when she was asked to call Fred to come to the sheriff’s office.

Again, the defense is asking yes and no questions. Very few open ended questions.

Ryan recorded the call kellie made to Fred in which she told him she needed him to give her an alibi.

Defense is asking about the media interest in the case. They were on scene within an hour of the discovery.  Ryan confirms it received wide attention from the media.

When the deffense asked about the leaks (of the audio statements to the news press) the prosecution asked to approach the bench.

Now Ryan is being asked about the scratches on Fred’s arm. Photos were taken of his scratches on December 27th.

The defense is asking about the search and whether or not Fred interfered (he did not) or cut it short (he did not). (Again I believe the defense is trying to say that Fred allowed the searches because he had nothing to hide).

During the first search, Ryan was not present at the search of Fred’s home.

[There are some discrepancies of what was taken from Fred’s house and when – and when the photos were taken of Fred’s home and his hands. I could be remembering incorrectly – so I’ll have to review some testimony and discovery documents]

They did receive surveillance video from December 27th and 29th from Sunsports.

He seized the home computer, searched the desk, bedroom closet, searched the garage and other detectives searched the house.

Ryan confirms Kellie was never a suspect and was never read her miranda rights.

Ryan is asking about the blood in the Andrews bedroom. Defense asks if any of the AA – SS evidence contained Cooper’s DNA.

They took the motorcycle on the 29th to check for DNA from the victims. They did that for the helmet, gloves and key of the bike as well.

Three pairs of Fred’s shoes were taken from his residence.

There were prints recovered from the sliding glass doors at the Andrews home. They were not Fred’s prints.

Those prints were Steven, Michelle and Lukasz.

Some of the prints on the sliders were not matched to anyone ( not the Kokora’s, Andrews, Michelle or Steven or Fred)

State redirect

There were things connecting Cooper to the scene – items from Michelle’s body.

Sheriff’s office has made changes because of the leak in this case.

Defense redirect

Nothing in the home itself linked Cooper…(his DNA was on Michelle’s fingernails and nightgown).

Regarding the open surveillance – was it 24/7 – yes it was. Says Cooper was aware of that.

Cooper would tell those following him where he was going every time he left.

When Cooper and Ballew left for Orlando, they called the sheriff’s office first to let them know. The open surveillance continued in Orlando. He continued to tell detectives where he was going before leaving the residence.

Ryan says there was an investigation into the leaks. It was never determined how it happened.

State – no redirect

We’re going to adjourn for the day.  Court is closed Thursday, so we will not return to cover the case until Friday morning at 9 am.


Written by Melissa Hudson

October 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Day 6

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  1. I think the blog is great.

    Is court open to the public? Does anyone think that Fred will testify?


    October 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

  2. Why would someone need that many guns??

    Mt Dora blood cleaning

    October 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

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