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     Raymond Rowe’s docket has been updated to reflect his attorney as Patricia Kay Spotts of the Public Defender’s Office. His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for July 26th.


**   In other news, this video is spreading rapidly!

*    This anonymous email in today (thank you – and they have been correct before):
     DAs are blabbing that the person who uploaded the DNA to the site accessed by Parabon was a sister or half-sister who had been put up for adoption and was looking for birth parents.  Will be interesting to confirm if he was identified by someone he never knew existed.



    Raymond “DJ Freez” Rowe and his wife at Open Streets Lancaster on May 20th of this year. Rowe is now in prison with bail denied for the 1992 murder of Christy Mirack.

Photos courtesy of Jerry Wright.

Please check back later today.


  1. Bill of Rights says:

    AKA, More than just income is looked at when determining eligibility. While I could not find anything on the process in Lancaster Co, York County Courts looks at everything from tax returns to debts(1). In a case such as this where there is hard DNA evidence, private attorneys would charge exorbitantly more than a normal case.


  2. Anon iii says:

    The shooter in Annapolis appears to have had a longstanding dispute with the local paper. Here is the archive of his website.

    A statement was also released via crimewatch concerning Officer Gehron and urging police to seek help late June 27.

  3. aka says:

    There is income guidelines for a public defender. His house is worth more than $12,000. Right? So, can afford a lawyer.

  4. Questions Answered says:

    As soon as one is incarcerated in the Lancaster County Prison they are eligible for a public defender. They are considered indigent at that point.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The video of the cop has hit twitter and other outlets. People are saying that the DA should press criminal charges.


    It’s obvious that none of them are familiar with Lancaster’s brand of shoot em up justice.

    Gregory Bayne’s murder was under the radar. Let’s hope this gets some sort of attention whether Lancaster likes it or not.

  6. aka says:

    Gis, lancaster county

  7. aka says:

    Who owns his house? Can anyone search it?

  8. jojo says:

    Thanks for asking, aka! That was going to be my question. What does entitle him to a public defender? Let’s hope someone answers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    aka: everything could be in his wife’s name.

  10. aka says:

    How can Rowe get a public defender unless his income is below $12,000 per year!?

  11. Anonymous says:

    PIG. Freaking PIG.

    And they wonder why they don’t get any cooperation from the public?

    As for gedmatch and why people put their DNA up. They do it for lots of reasons. There is a huge community looking for birth parents. So many states refuse to give adoptees their original birth certificates so now with DNA adoptees don’t need to beg state governments for documents that are rightfully theirs.

    If someone in the DA’s office is “blabbing” that this is how they accomplished the match, boy that just shows how behind the times they are.

    For any number of years people have been finding their birth families on ancestry and gedmatch via DNA matching and then searching and contacting people who match closely like as first and second cousins and half and whole siblings.

    People are finding birth relatives all the time that they never knew existed. I said it before, will say it again: it is a shame that this Keystone Kops DA didn’t do this ages ago. While Christy Mirack’s mother was still alive.

  12. Ohwellist says:

    Then the people are charged with riot after others get involved. Did you see how fast they called for back up after neighbors started coming out? This is exactly how it goes down in the city. Now imagine if that neighbor was NOT recording that proof. Was that 2 different demands from 2 officers?

  13. Lang Kisster says:

    Thanks. The link explained it

    • Becky says:

      So – the mind boggles. If the tip I just posted is true – his DNA matched with hers. So they had to identify her birth parents (at least one of which was also his) to get to Rowe. So I guess she had found her birth parents or at least one birth parent so they could relate Rowe to her?


  14. Lang Kisster says:

    Becky. I’m still not clear. Walk us through this. How exactly did the police stumble upon his DNA that’s been linked to the crime scene

    • Becky says:

      I’m not sure which part you mean. The article linked to above details it all pretty well. In regard to collecting his DNA, from that article there is this:

      Investigators found out about Rowe’s next disc jockeying gig on May 31 at Smoketown Elementary School.

      The school PTO was holding its annual party for sixth graders moving on to Conestoga Valley Middle School, and investigators “decided it was a good setting for the DNA-collection detail,” said District Attorney’s office spokesman Brett Hambright.

      In coordination with the Pennsylvania State Police’s Cold Case Unit, undercover investigators attended the function and noticed Rowe drinking from a Kirkland-branded water bottle, according to the affidavit.

      After Rowe left the school later that evening, undercover detectives drew closer to the water bottle and noticed a piece of chewing gum inside one of two plastic cups near it.

      To avoid suspicion from observers, undercover investigators collected the entire garbage bag after the event and recovered the bottle and cup containing chewing gum, according to Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Trooper James Spencer.

  15. Ida says:

    The family just arrived home from an almost 2 week cross country vacation. They looked happy in the pictures posted to Facebook. He continued posting to FB up until a few hours before the policy arrived. I feel like he would have “shut down” if he was privy to this. I certainly wouldn’t be able to enjoy vacation if I thought something was brewing.

  16. jerry wright says:

    it was a different freeze this year…knew this man since 1994…been to his home 100 times…did numerous events together…spent 3 hours taking pics and vids at open streets…saw him there and he wouldnt speak…made wife and daughter sit 6 hours…no food…no water….over 100 food trucks….they never got up…so many kid activities….freeze had them sit next to him on hard ground….no lawn chairs….he knew his number was up….25 year and first time in 25 years he didnt speak to me

  17. Stedman Stinks says:

    Anyone know what kind of a time frame we’re looking at for a trial (3 months, 6 months, longer)?

    • Becky says:

      I say one year at a minimum.

      • Becky says:

        One thing that bothered me – and I’ll have to look to find it – but when they took his water bottle and gum they said they took the whole garbage bag “to avoid suspicion.” I wonder how much gum and how many water bottles (yes, I know he had a specific brand) was in that bag?

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