Prosecutor introduces DNA from cigarette in murder trial

July 15, 1998|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

Saliva from a cigarette butt in the ransacked home of a retired schoolteacher, with allegedly stolen coins and jewelry, will prove a Randallstown man killed the woman during a robbery in May 1997, a prosecutor told a Baltimore County judge yesterday.

Derrick J. Foskey, 33, a construction worker, is charged with first-degree murder, rape and burglary, and is being tried by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Alfred L. Brennan Sr.

Rosalie M. Bulkley, 59, a county schoolteacher for 26 years, was found strangled and raped in the bedroom of her house on Holshire Court on May 13, 1997. Jewelry and silver dollars were missing from the home. Her purse and several guns were found later in neighborhood bushes.

Assistant State's Attorney James G. Pyne, who is prosecuting the case with Deputy State's Attorney Sue A. Schenning, told the judge evidence will show that DNA taken from saliva on a cigarette butt found on the floor of Bulkley's home likely belonged to Foskey.

Police arrested Foskey in June 1997 after he tried to purchase alcohol with two silver dollars allegedly stolen from Bulkley's home. Police later found jewelry missing from the Bulkley home at Foskey's Randallstown house.

But defense attorney Robert W. Lazzaro told Brennan that Foskey is innocent and that "the killer of this victim is still at large."

He said a chest hair found in Bulkley's bedroom and genetic material taken from under the woman's fingernails did not match Foskey's DNA.

"Mr. Foskey did not kill this woman," Lazzaro said.

Bulkley, who had taught family studies at Franklin High School, was killed a week before she was to have been honored at a local restaurant for her years of service in county schools.

During the start of the trial, her relatives and friends packed the courtroom, many weeping as evidence was presented. Several left the courtroom just before prosecutors showed photographs of Bulkley's body to the judge.

Harriet Bender, a longtime friend of Bulkley, testified that she went to the woman's home to pick her up for a bowling date and found her body in the bedroom.

When she entered the house she "thought something was unusual" when she saw the cigarette butt laying on a rug near the front door and a burner turned to high on the kitchen stove.

David McGill, a forensic technician for the county Police Department who gathered evidence from the Bulkley home, described the killing of the grandmother of five as a violent act that left her with injuries to her face and arms.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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