The wheels of justice may turn slow but make no mistake, they turn. With over 700 docket entries so far in the capital murder case of Crystal Michelle Brinson, the trial is tentatively scheduled to start in September of 2016.
Brinson is charged with First Degree Murder in the violent death of 18-year-old Brooksville teen, Deanna Lee Stires. Stires official cause of death was from ‘acute morphine overdose’ allegedly administered by Brinson on Christmas evening in December 2012.
Brinson was in court today as her defense, led by former Casey Anthony mitigation lawyer, Terrence Lenamon and the prosecution, led by Assistant State Prosecutor Pete Magrino, known for his work on the Jessica Lunsford case came before Citrus County Circuit Court Judge Richard Howard for a status hearing.
Additionally, Magrino has filed a Motion To Compel. He wants a letter, which he says Brinson wrote in a third attempt to lay-out an alibi, entered as evidence. Magrino said he is confident the letter was penned by Brinson as he is familiar with her writing because he had seen previous pieces of her correspondence. Magrino told the court that he was familiar with Brinson’s penmanship as the writing looked the same as her other two attempts as well as a letter she had written to someone regarding marrying another inmate in jail.
Lenamon wants a handwriting analysis to prove the written correspondence is in fact Brinson’s handwriting.
“This is why I don’t do discovery cut-offs. I’ve been criticized for this but this is why,” said Circuit Court Judge Richard Howard. “My inclination is to grant Mr. Magrino’s Motion.”
There was another matter before the court today as witness interview tapes shown in the trial of Brinson’s boyfriend Byron Boudot, were misplaced by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office for a year and a half and have suddenly reappeared.
Lenamon also filed a Motion to Compel. Lenamon argued that the defense wants to know, “where the tapes have been and how they were discovered again after disappearing for a year and a half.”
Judge Howard agreed and directed Magrino to investigate what the Citrus County Sheriff Office’s internal procedures are as well as their protocols for handling evidence.
Before the hearing was underway, Brinson seemed upbeat, smiling and chatting with family members about ‘Santa Clause.’ Throughout the hearing Brinson remained emotionless. At the end of the hearing Judge Howard asked Brinson if she understood everything and had been able to consult with her attorney. Brinson replied, “yes.”
Judge Howard will rule on the Motions to Compel by phone on January 4, 2016.
It’s been almost three years since a crazed holiday spree of methamphetamine and morphine use between three friends led to the violent death of 18-year-old Deanna Lee Stires.
According to court records, Stires was visiting Boudot’s trailer in Homosassa on Christmas day 2012. Stires, Brinson and Boudot were smoking methamphetamine. Brinson and Boudot left the trailer for a while and returned to find Stires ‘acting crazy’. Boudot discovered his methamphetamine and a pipe missing. Upon searching the trailer, Brinson found the drugs and the missing pipe in Stires purse.
Brinson is accused of pistol whipping a terrified Stires unconscious and administering a fatal dose of morphine.
Allegedly, Brinson and Boudot tied Stires up, gagged her and transported her to Boudot’s father’s house in Brooksville. They left her there tied to a chair and when they returned an hour later she was dead.
When they found Stires body, they put her in the trunk of Boudot’s car and drove around for two days before seeking help from friends and dumping her body in Levy County.
Stires was reported missing by her family on New Year’s day 2013. Her body was discovered by hunters on a wooded logging trail east of Otter Creek in Levy County eighteen days later.
Brinson and her boyfriend, Byron Boudot, were both charged with first degree murder. Boudot was convicted of Second degree Murder in 2013 and is now serving life in prison. In Florida, there is no parole for a life sentence.
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