Christopher M. McCOWEN
Christopher McCowen mugshot
Christopher McCowen, with his attorney, Frank O’Boy, at arraignment
April 15, 2005 in Orleans,
was charged based on DNA evidence. (Globe Staff Photo / John
Worthington, 46, was found in her home in January 2002 lying half-naked
on the kitchen floor, dead from a stab wound to the chest. Her
daughter, Ava, who was two-years-old at the time, was unhurt but
smeared with her mother's blood. At left, Tim Arnold, Worthington's
former boyfriend, next to a diagram showing where he found
Christopher McCowen is
escorted into the courtroom prior to the start of closing arguments
in Barnstable Superior Court, in Barnstable, Mass. , Monday, Nov. 6,
In a six-hour
interrogation that the defense disputed, McCowen, according to
police, said he punched Worthington in the face, stomped on her, and
wiped down her body after she died, according to investigators. But
police said McCowen never admitted to Worthington's murder and
claimed that his friend, Jeremy Frazier, was the real killer. On the
stand, Frazier denied having anything to do with Worthington's death.
Prosecutor Robert Welsh
(center) presented testimony from investigators who said that
McCowen, who first denied knowing the victim, later claimed he and
Worthington had consensual sex the night she died after he was
presented with DNA evidence.
peers around towards his family in Barnstable Superior Court, in
Barnstable, Mass. , Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.
In closing arguments,
George (left) told jurors that his client was the victim of
desperate and overzealous detectives. The police botched the
investigation, George said, and then manipulated the evidence to fit
their theory that McCowen stabbed her after drinking that Friday
night in January 2002.
leaves Barnstable Superior Court, Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in
looks down as the jury's verdict of guilty in his trial is read
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, in Barnstable, Mass.
Christopher M. McCowen
reacted to the jury’s verdict November 16, 2006, in the rape
and murder of fashion writer Christa Worthington. (Steve Heaslip/
A tear streams down the
cheek of Christopher McCowen as he is found guilty on all charges in
his murder trial Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at Barnstable Superior
Court in Barnstable, Mass.
reacts as the jury's verdict is read in court finding him guilty of
the 2002 rape and murder of fashion writer Christa Worthington, in
Barnstable, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006.
The panel of seven
women and five men found Christopher M. McCowen (left) guilty of
extreme atrocity and cruelty and murder while committing felonies --
aggravated rape and burglary.
center is shown in court as he is found guilty on all charges in his
murder trial Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at the Barnstable Superior
Court in Barnstable, Mass.
Christopher McCowen was
led from Barnstable Superior Courthouse January 10, 2008
after a hearing on whether there was racial bias on the part of some
during his 2006 murder trial. (Jennifer Longley for The Boston Globe)
writer Christa Worthington, 46, was found stabbed to death Jan. 6,
2002, in her Truro home. Following a 24-day trial in Barnstable,
Christopher McCowen was found guilty on Nov. 16 of murdering her and
sentenced to life in prison.
reward poster released by the Massachusetts State Police Jan. 9,
2003 in Barnstable, Mass. , Christa Worthington, who was found
killed in her Truro, Mass. home on Cape Cod in January 2002, is