Electronic novel sought as evidence in triple murder trial
One of the men accused of a triple murder in Central Islip in 2009 had written a short novel years earlier that had strikingly similar details to the real-life crime, it was revealed in court Tuesday.
"The D.A. wants it in [evidence] because it mimics the supposed crime," attorney William Keahon of Hauppauge, defending accused killer Hasan Vaughan, said with the jurors out of the room. He said the 70-page electronic book was among the items found on a laptop computer obtained by detectives.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla placed the computer and some of it contents in evidence, but did not attempt to place the book in evidence, and declined during a break in the court proceedings to explain his intentions. Keahon said the book starts out with a murder scene, but he did not elaborate.
Vaughan and Robert Singletary, both 36 and from Central Islip, are on trial before Suffolk County Court Judge James Hudson in Riverhead in the slayings of Vaughan's girlfriend, Katrice Daniels, 31; her sister, Mykier Daniels, 28, and her friend, Louis Calixto Jr., 19. They are charged with first-degree murder and arson. The victims were strangled, shot and stabbed before the house was set on fire.
Vaughan planned the rampage as revenge against the victims for stealing his money and the laptop three days earlier, Biancavilla told jurors in his opening statement almost two months ago. Daniel Russo, the attorney for Singletary, told the judge after jurors left for the day that he was having trouble getting federal probation officials to respond to subpoenas to compel testimony he said would help his client. He did not elaborate on how the testimony would help.