During day three of the Keith Lintz trial several family members were called to testify plus the defendant’s girlfriend at the time of the murders.
The morning started off with two forensic scientists, analyzing footprints in the snow and small drops of blood that were found in the snow outside of the crime scene.
Three family members were called to the stand. On day one of the trial John Tarwacki Sr. testified as the first witness. He recalled finding the bodies after he drove to their house when he became suspicious because the two hadn’t shown up for work.
On Thursday in a tearful testimony Sharon McKnight, Carolyn Tarwacki’s mother, recalled being brought back to the Tarwacki home after police were called out.
“Carol Tarawacki called me on the phone,” recalls McKnight. “And what did you do then?” asked special assistant prosecutor Doug Baker from the state attorney general’s office. My co-workers came and helped me and brought me home.”
“And when you got home was the street block off? Yes there were trooper cars surrounding the house, I had to drive around to Yankee street to get in,” says McKnight.
A nephew and John Tarwacki’s sister also testified. All of them were naturally shocked when they were each briefed about the murders. They all testified that they knew something was wrong when John and Carolyn Tarwacki didn’t show up for work at Quilan and Fabish. Two Quilan and Fabish employees also gave testimony that it was unlike the couple, that worked at the same company, to be late to work.
Another witness came forward after her mother told her about Lintz. The mother told her to leave a birthday party she was at because she didn’t want to Lintz near the children.
Karessa Warner testified about a conversation she had with Lintz while she was living with him and his mother on Carberry Road in Howard Township.
She asked him about the murders after the party for her children.
Warner says, “I explained to him the reason we had to leave the birthday party is because my mother told me he was the number one suspect. He got upset and said ‘the only reason I’m the f-ing number one suspect is because they have my footprints going through the yard.”
Detective Fabian Suarez also testified as the lead detective in the case. He said they had 747 tips on the case. They also conducted thirty search warrants, including many phone records.
Lintz didn’t become a suspect until a year after the murders. Detectives searched several residences but didn’t find anything to link Lintz to the crime. It wasn’t until October 17th 2012 that a warrant for his arrest was issued.
“When did you develop probable cause to obtain to search any of the residences of linked to Keith Lintz?” asked Baker from the prosecution.
“It wasn’t until 2012 after we made some trips to Tennessee and talked to some witnesses down there,” says Det. Suarez.
The prosecution asked Det. Suarez to explain to the jury the relevance of the crime scene video that illustrated where Carolyn and John Tarwacki were killed in their home. It also outlined where the mud room or back door is and how the alleged murderer may have entered the house.
In court Det. Suarez also displayed a size twelve shoe that was found in Lintz’s possession during an unrelated stop. The shoe was not the same as the boot imprint that was analyzed and imprinted by crime technicians from the crime scene. However police know the person that left tracks in the snow to and from the Tarwacki’s home wore a size 12 shoe.