PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Meghan Landowski's parents decided to share never-before-seendetails of their daughter's murder Monday. Crime scene photos, abone-chilling call to 911 and the disturbing police interrogationwere all released to the public.
Meghan Landowski was killed inside her Portsmouth home in April2008. Robert Barnes, a former classmate and friend confessed tokilling Landowski. Last week, a judge sentenced Barnes to 42 yearsin prison for murder, sexual assault and burglary.
There was no full, public trial in the case, a plea agreementprevented such a trial, so Meghan's parents asked Portsmouth Policeto share the true horror of what happened to their daughter withthe public.
Graphic details were uncovered in the crime scene photos. In onepicture you can see where the killer grabbed a steak knife, inanother you see the tape he used to tie her arms behind her backand cover her mouth. Another photo shows the killer's shoe printleft in blood.
Landowski was sexually assaulted and stabbed more than 40 times.It was her father who found her.
"And I stepped forward and I saw her laying there. She was whitelike a china doll," her father said in court.
Meghan's father wanted the public to hear his heart-wrenchingcall to 911:
Father: "My daughter, she's um, looks like she's beensexually assaulted and she's bleeding to death. My daughter isbleeding, blood all over the place. Looks like her throat was slit.It looks like somebody tried to, her arms were tied behind herback."
911: "Alright. Hold on just a minute O.K."
Father: "Hurry please!"
911: "Do you know if she's breathing?"
Father: "No. No, she's not."
Meghan was dead. Six nerve racking months passed searching forthe killer -- and then -- an arrest that stunned everyone. Meghan'sown friend, a talented and very popular student, 17-year-old RobertBarnes was arrested in connection with her murder.
Police interrogation video shows Barnes, very calm and cool,selling a bogus story, claiming the real killer was a white man whoforced Barnes to help attack Meghan. Barnes said, "He told me totie her up and she was just saying, 'Don't do it. Don't doit.'"
Barnes got more animated as the details got more gruesome:"Grabbed her by the arm and turned around and she went back thisway and she just started staggering and blood started going allover there and I just let her drop after that," he explained tointerrogation officers.
Barnes even came up with a lie to explain why police would findhis DNA there, he claimed the mystery man cut him.
Barnes told officers, "He took my hand and he extended it and Ithink I was in the puddle at the time, like the puddle wasn't allthat huge at the time. He extended it forward, he like leanedforward like this and he had me like four drops, he just kept goinglike this."
But Barnes wasn't as smart as he thought he was. Police puttogether an airtight case and Barnes confessed.
Meghan's parents and her brother and sister moved out of stateand they're all going to counseling as they continue to struggleand deal with Meghan's murder.
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