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The Trials of Darryl Littlejohn

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Imette St. Guillen

Imette St. Guillen

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On February 25, 2006, Imette St. Guillen, a graduate student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was last seen around 4 a.m. at The Falls, a bar in the SoHo section of New York City.

Her nude body was found 14 miles away near a Brooklyn street wrapped in a floral print bedspread, her hair had been crudely chopped off on one side, her hands and feet were bound with plastic ties, a tube sock had been stuffed in her mouth, and her entire face wrapped in packing tape.

An examination of her body revealed that she had been raped, sodomized and choked to death. In March 2006, Darryl Littlejohn, a bouncer at The Falls, was arrested on a parole violation after he was linked to the rape and murder of St. Guillen. He was later indicted for her murder and has been charged with another kidnapping.

Current Developments

Former Bouncer Gets Life Without Parole
July 9, 2009
A former New York bouncer found guilty of the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Darryl Littlejohn, wearing the same sunglasses he wore throughout his trial, starred straight ahead as the sentence was handed down.

Previous Developments

Trial Starts for New York Bouncer
May 12, 2009
A long-time friend of Imette St. Guillen told the jury she repeatedly tried to get her to take a taxi home on the night that she was abducted, assaulted and killed. Claire Higgins was one of the first witnesses in the murder trial of Darryl Littlejohn.

New York Bouncer Convicted of Kidnapping, Assault
Nov. 20, 2008
A New York man accused of kidnapping and killing graduate student Imette St. Guillen in February 2006 has been found guilty of kidnapping and assaulting another young college student. A jury deliberated less than three hours before finding Darryl Littlejohn guilty of the abduction of 19-year-old Shanai Woodard.

St. Guillen's Mother Sues U.S. Government
Feb. 6, 2008
The mother of Imette St. Guillen, who was found raped and strangled on a Brooklyn roadside in February 2006, is suing the federal government for not monitoring the activities of her accused killer, Darryl Littlejohn, a parolee who was not supposed to be working in a bar.

DNA Links Bouncer to 2005 Kidnapping
August 27, 2007
The New York bar bouncer awaiting trial for the February 2006 murder of college graduate student Imette St. Guillen, has been linked to the kidnapping and assault of another college student in 2005 by DNA evidence found in his van. Police say DNA in Darryl Littlejohn's van matches that of the York College student who was beaten and kidnapped in October 2005.

N.Y. Bouncer Arraigned on Another Abduction
April 27, 2006
A New York bar bouncer, accused in the kidnapping and murder of graduate student Imette St. Guillen in February, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, assault, robbery and criminal impersonation in the 2005 abduction of another woman while he was allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Bouncer Indicted for Imette St. Guillen's Murder
March 23, 2006
Darryl Littlejohn, the bouncer at the bar where 24-year-old Emette St. Guillen was last seen alive, has been indicted for the criminal justice graduate student's kidnapping, rape and murder.

Police Search Bar for St. Guillen Clues
March 6, 2006
New York Police and crime scene investigators, some wearing protective clothing, searched for several hours Sunday at the bar where Imette St. Guillen was last seen alive, and searched a commercial space above the bar.

Clues Sought in New York Student's Rape, Death
March 3, 2006
New York Police are seeking clues in the brutal rape and slaying of a 24-year-old criminal justice student whose nude body was found near a Brooklyn street 14 miles from where she was last seen around 4 a.m. Saturday at The Falls, a bar in the SoHo section of the city.

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