EMT testifies on defendant's injuries in murder-arson trial
The severely burned man who showed up at a Brooklyn hospital one August morning in 2009 finally gave medical workers a name for himself after repeatedly refusing to do so. But it was soon apparent it wasn't his real name, an emergency medical technician testified Monday in Suffolk County Court.
The burned man's melted shorts had his driver's license, and the name on it -- Hasan Vaughan -- was not the name he had given, EMT Anjone Moore said. She had been outside Woodhull Hospital when Vaughan walked up to her, begging for help.
She testified before Judge James Hudson at the trial of Vaughan and Thomas Singletary, both 36 and of Central Islip. They are charged with first-degree murder and arson in the deaths of Louis Calixto Jr., 19; his friend Mykier Daniels, 28; and her sister, Katrice Daniels, 31. Prosecutors say both defendants were burned in the Central Islip house fire they set.
"He was burnt, pretty severely, from head to toe," Moore said during questioning by Assistant District Attorney John Cortes. Vaughan wouldn't say what happened or give his name, asking only for help.
But like another medical worker from the hospital who testified last week, Moore could not identify Vaughan in the courtroom, even while holding a copy of his license and after his attorney, William Keahon of Hauppauge, pointed him out.
Jurors later saw photographs Suffolk police took of both men after they were arrested months later. In October, Singletary had burn scars on his arms, lower back and lower legs. And in January 2010, Vaughan's injuries were still severe. His arms remained mostly bandaged, but they, his torso and legs were discolored and blistered.
Then jurors saw what the defendants are accused of doing to their victims. Dr. Odette Hall, a Suffolk deputy medical examiner, described crime-scene photos of the victims as their parents wept quietly in the courtroom.
Mykier Daniels had an electrical cord from an iron wrapped tightly around her neck. There were stab wounds on her head and neck, one of which severed her carotid artery, Hall said.
Katrice Daniels had bullet wounds in both arms, her back and her neck.
Calixto was shot in the back, stomach and neck and stabbed in the neck and shoulder.