Crime-scene photographs of Carol Brown’s body and other forensic evidence were shown to the jury Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court in the second day of trial for a Hagerstown man accused of killing her nearly four years ago.
Darrol Chris Sands, 44, is serving a 15-year state prison sentence on a 2011 drug-trafficking conviction.
He was indicted in 2010 with the April 19, 2008, murder of Brown, a 22-year-old mother of two found dead in the bathtub of her Mitchell Avenue apartment in Hagerstown.
Jeffrey Kercheval of the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory testified Wednesday that discoloration to Brown’s face was indicative of capillary damage from strangulation, although he said, “I’ve never seen it to that extent.”
Kercheval also testified about bloodstains collected from the comforter and sheets of Brown’s bed, as well as blood evidence and fingerprints from the bathroom and other rooms.
Some, but not all, of the fingerprints could be linked to individuals, Kercheval testified. Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael said in his opening statement on Tuesday that the palm print on the bathtub belonged to Sands.