Lambert's Lawyer Calls Photos Faked The Defense Attorney Says Police Brought The Victim's Body Back To The Scene To Frame Her Client.

Posted: May 01, 1998

LANCASTER — The attorney representing Lisa Michelle Lambert said yesterday that police returned to the crime scene with the body of slaying victim Laurie Show to stage phony photographs to support their contention that Lambert killed Show.

That bombshell, dropped by Philadelphia lawyer Christina Rainville, was the first salvo on the opening day of Lambert's appeal hearing here, which quickly settled into a highly contentious and sometimes-strained eight-hour courtroom affair.

Rainville said she would offer evidence later in the hearing, which could last through June, to prove that police fabricated crime-scene photographs.

``Your honor will be as inflamed and as outraged as we are,'' Rainville said to Lancaster County Court Judge Lawrence F. Stengel. ``The state brought Laurie Show's body back to the crime scene, faking the photos, to make Lisa Lambert a liar.''

Lambert, 25, is seeking to have Stengel overturn her conviction for the 1991 stabbing death of Show, who was 16 at the time. Lambert was freed last year by U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell of Philadelphia, who ruled that she had been railroaded by prosecutors and police.

Dalzell's ruling was overturned in February by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held that Dalzell ruled out of turn because Lambert had not exhausted her state appeals.

During her opening remarks, Deputy Attorney General Christy H. Fawcett said she would reserve most of her comments on the case for her closing statement. Fawcett largely reiterated what has been the state's contention all along - that Lambert slit Show's throat in a jealous rage because Show had dated Lambert's onetime boyfriend, Lawrence Yunkin.

Fawcett said that Lambert bought the rope that was used to bind Show, who was killed in her condominium on Dec. 20, 1991. She said witnesses would again testify that Lambert repeatedly threatened to kill Show, that Lambert admitted to hatching the plot that led to Show's slaying, and that she admitted to being at the crime scene.

``This case will not be decided by rhetoric,'' Fawcett said.

Rainville yesterday also fleshed out her broad conspiracy theory on the complex case, which has drawn national media attention and the eyes of Hollywood producers and scriptwriters.

According to police, Lambert and a friend, Tabitha Buck, went to Show's home to tie her up and cut her hair in an effort to embarrass her. But the prank went awry when Lambert went wild, cutting Show's throat, police said. Police and prosecutors have contended that Yunkin, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the slaying, dropped the two off at Show's home but never went in himself.

Rainville said yesterday that not only was Yunkin inside the home but that he wielded the knife, killing Show to quiet her because he had raped her three months earlier and feared she would have him prosecuted. Yunkin then set up Lambert for the slaying, Rainville said.

Rainville also contended that three officers from the East Lampeter Police Department, which handled the investigation into Show's death, had raped Lambert during the summer before the killing. She said the three police officers fabricated and changed witness statements in Lambert's murder trial in an effort to ``shut up'' Lambert.

The Police Department has steadfastly denied the allegations.

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