Lynne Dejac On the Today Show. 2/29/08 With the criminal case against Lynn DeJac for the death of her daughter officially closed, DeJac sat down with Meredith Viera on the Today Show to tell her story.
She says she is picking up the pieces of her life as a free woman "one moment at a time."
DeJac continues to be outraged at the death certificate which lists the cause of Crystallynn Girard's death as cocaine and head injury.
Friday morning, she said it's hard to accept the death certificate because her daughter did not use drugs and was an honor role student.
DeJac recalled feeling suicidal through her 13 years in prison, "but I felt that if I did that it would go down that I was the killer of my daughter. So, that would bring you out of it. Friends would bring you out of it."
DeJac and her husband expressed their gratitude to Cold Case Detective Dennis Delano. He is now suspended. Delano, using his own money, flew to Washington to present the Crystallyn Girard case to forensic experts and shared information in a 2 On Your Side investigation.
Delano was forced to turn in his gun and badge on Wednesday. According to his daughter, has been ordered not to talk.
But DeJac did talk about Delano on Today, "Detective Dennis Delano, God bless him. If it weren't for him, I don't sit here and I'd still be sitting in prison."
There is no longer a threat of DeJac returning to prison. State Supreme Court Judge Russell Buscaglia, Thursday afternoon dropped all charges against the Buffalo woman in the death of her 13-year-old daughter Crystallynn Girard.
Judge Buscaglia, in dropping the charges, said the public had a right to be skeptical about how the case was handled right from the start.
Among Buscaglia's points:
* The fact that DeJac's boyfriend at the time Crystallynn died, Dennis Donohue, was granted immunity from prosecution in the case;
* That the District Attorney's office fought an attempt to set aside DeJac's guilty verdict, after Donohue's DNA was found inside Crystallyn's body and in her bedroom;
* The changing of the cause of death from manual strangulation to a combination of cocaine and head injury two weeks ago;
* And the conflicting causes of death listed by three different medical examiners.
Said District Attorney Frank Clark, "If looking at this, people are skeptical, so be it they are. We acknowledge the fact that mistakes were made here, there was inaccurate diagnosis, and we relied on that diagnosis, both the prosecution and jury, and as a result of that this woman has spent a lot of time in jail which she shouldn't have served. Is the system perfect? No, it isn't perfect.
"But the important thing is that the justice system discovered the error and corrected it. It's unfortunate it took 14 years to do it." (WGRZ) (MSNBC)
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