The testimony keeps on coming in the case of Walter Maddox of Yonkers, who is one trial for raping three woman and killing one of them in a six-month span in 2008.
Yesterday’s testimony came from one of his accusers, a 25-year-old Yonkers woman who said Maddox came up to her as she was in O’Boyle Park the morning of June 30, 2008. He asked her the time, and they had a brief conversation about being from the south. He left, and a short time later, the woman said she was grabbed from behind, put into a choke hold and dragged behind a retaining wall, where she blacked out. When she came to, she said Maddox was raping her.
Maddox told police the woman was a prostitute that he paid to have sex with him in the park. During cross examination, defense lawyer Harvery Loeb noted that the woman pointed to another man in a police photo array as her rapist. When police told her it wasn’t him (DNA didn’t match), they showed her a second photo array with Maddox’s photo in it, and she pointed to his picture. She testified that she was “100 percent” sure that Maddox raped her. She said it was difficult at first to identify her rapist because he wore a ball cap during the attack; none of the men in the police photos wore hats. However, prosecutors said Maddox’s ex-girlfriend — who also has accused Maddox of raping her on Aug. 31, 2008 — had a cell phone photo of Maddox wearing the exact same type of ball cap that the alleged rape victim described.
Today’s proceedings included testimony from an employee at Yonkers Laundromat, who said she found Roberta Galicia-Lagos’ body, naked form the waist down, on the floor of the laundromat the morning of Dec. 8, 2008.
The trial will continue today and tomorrow. Fredric Green is the prosecutor, with Wendy Parra sitting second chair.