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State Releases Evidence To Attorney Of Teen Accused Of Killing Parents

Posted September 14, 2005 6:16 a.m. EDT
Updated December 9, 2006 11:40 p.m. EST

— A Chapel Hill teen who police say admitted to killing his parents in late April is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning, but attorneys in the case would not say why.

Prosecutors say Adam Sapikowski admitted to killing his parents, James and Alison Sapikowski on April 28; authorities found their bodies in the family's home in mid-May.

Investigators also collected dozens of pieces of evidence -- the bulk of which was recently turned over to Sapikowski's defense attorney, James Williams.

Some of those items include Sapikowski's report card from Durham Academy, as well as attendance records and teacher comments about his behavior.

Lawyers are also looking at receipts from a Courtyard Marriott in Durham, where police say the 17-year-old stayed on and off for two weeks after the killings.

Phone records and bank statements are also of interest in the case. Prosecutors claim Sapikowski had access to $19,000 and may have been planning to leave the area. Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said investigators found a sport utility vehicle at the Sapikowski residence loaded up with camping equipment, food, the suspected weapon used to shoot the victims and a small amount of ammunition.

Attorneys are also scrutinizing lab results that could include ballistic reports, as well as DNA test results. They are also looking at more personal items, such as a list of chores and rules found at the house, several notes and a letter that appeared to be written by the suspect.

Now that Sapikowski's attorney has most of the evidence collected by prosecutors and police, it will take months for the defense to analyze and examine the items before the case can go to trial.

Meanwhile, Sapikowski, who was indicted in May on two counts of first-degree murder, is in the Orange County Jail without bond.

During the teen's bond hearing in June, Woodall told a judge that even if he were given bond, no one in his immediate family would be willing to take him in because family members were worried about their own safety.

During a court hearing in June, Williams suggested that the teenager may have been a victim of abuse.