Elderly victim unable to identify defendant in carjacking trial

By Mark Fowser/Amy Cherry 5:06pm, June 25, 2014
A 90-year-old woman tells a jury about spending two days locked in the trunk of her own car and being released in a Seaford-area cemetery as the sun was coming up.

Margaret Smith took the stand Wednesday in Georgetown in the trial of Rondaiges Harper, one of four teens, prosecutors say was involved in the March 2013 carjacking incident, which started in Milford.

Walt Barcus with our sister station, Delaware 105.9, was inside the courtroom. He says Smith was clear in her ability to recount many details about the incident, except one key factor.

"She was unable to identify the defendant in court though he was in an orange jumpsuit. There was also a question a little bit later on of the detective at the time he had interviewed her on March 20, was she able to identify Harper as one of the suspects, and she said that she was not," said Barcus.

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Two teens will be tried later, and a fourth teen has plead guilty.



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