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KIMBELL TRIAL Other testimony



Published: Tue, April 23, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Gino Sapanero, 45, a truck driver heading west on U.S. Route 422 the day of the killings, said he saw Thomas Kimbell peering into Bonnie Lou Dryfuse's car about 1:30 p.m. Sapanero said he recognized Kimbell from news accounts about the slayings given that night on television. The site of the killings is at the end of Ambrosia Road and fronts Route 422.

Defense attorneys questioned how he was able to recognize Kimbell as he drove 55 mph down the highway and only glanced toward the trailer for a few seconds.

Prosecutors played 911 tapes of a frantic Thomas Dryfuse, Bonnie's husband, calling for help and radio transmissions dispatchers had with police after he reported the deaths. Prosecutors contend suspect Kimbell knew details of the deaths only the killer would know. His defense attorney claims he heard the information over a police scanner. Police dispatcher Mary Lou Galatin testified that they spoke in code about the slayings and talked to police by telephone when giving out details. Galatin conceded under cross-examination that the address, type of crime and the fact that multiple people, including one child, were killed could be gleaned from what was said on the police scanner.

Thomas Dryfuse's father and sister-in-law testified he left Wampum, Pa., about 2:40 p.m. June 15, 1994, and he was wearing the same clothing when they saw him after the killings, making it unlikely he is the killer. Police believe his wife and the children were killed before 3 p.m. Dryfuse's first 911 call was recorded at 3:05 p.m.




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