A Cook County jury began deliberating this afternoon in the trial of a cable repairman charged in connection with the rapes and homicides of two women who let him in their homes in 2006 to fix their Internet service.
Anthony Triplett, 32, took the witness stand in his own defense last week and denied any involvement in the killings.
Triplett is on trial on charges of first-degree murder, criminal sexual assault and robbery in the slaying Ursula Sakowska, 23, at her Southwest Side home in December 2006.
Prosecutors have also been allowed to present evidence that Triplett also raped and strangled Janet Ordidge, 39, seven weeks earlier in her residence in the Hyde Park neighborhood. At the time of Sakowska's slaying, Triplett, a technician for the Comcast subcontractor Premier Cable Communications, was a suspect in Ordidge’s killing.
During the 10-day trial, jurors heard evidence that Sakowska’s blood was found on Triplett’s coat, that his DNA was found in her mouth, and that he had forged work orders to make it appear she had not answered the door when he rang. A detective testified that when they approached Triplett at his work a few days after Sakowska’s murder, he threw a watch that he had stolen from her home to the ground.
In his closing argument today, Triplett’s attorney, Jack Rimland, accused police of tunnel vision in their investigation, failing to test items at the Sakowska crime scene for crucial evidence because they had already zeroed in on Triplett.
Rimland also questioned why Triplett would kill Sakowska if he knew he was under investigation for Ordidge’s murder.
“Knowing that he’s under such close scrutiny, does it really make sense that this man would go out and leave his calling card now?” Rimland said.
In his rebuttal, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Sexton mockingly referred to Triplett as the “unluckiest man in the galaxy,” whose misfortune only grew when Sakowska’s body was found.
“Oh my God, what are the odds on that?” Sexton said. “This bad luck just doesn’t stop. And she (Sakowska) is strangled too! What a coincidence.”Copyright © 2015, RedEye