CORWIN MURDER SUSPECT ARRAIGNED, HIS LAWYER SPEAKS OUT

CORWIN MURDER SUSPECT ARRAIGNED, HIS LAWYER SPEAKS OUT

Christopher Lee, who is accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms and dumping her body down a 140-foot mine shaft in June, was in Joshua Tree Superior Court Tuesday afternoon. His lawyer pleaded “Not Guilty” to her murder, and denied the special allegations of “lying in wait.” The District Attorney’s office has not yet determined if they will seek life without parole or the death penalty in the case. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the courtroom at the arraignment, and talked with Lee’s attorney afterward…

Chris Lee and Attorney

Chris Lee and his attorney, David Kaloyanides, in Joshua Tree court Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher Lee’s arrest for murdering Erin Corwin was a surprise to both himself and his lawyer, Lee’s attorney said after Tuesday’s arraignment in which Lee pleaded “not guilty.” “Based on the more recent silence from the Sheriff’s Department, we weren’t sure where this was going. I mean, we knew he was a suspect. The DA’s office and Sheriff’s Department made that very clear. But we did not anticipate the arrest.” David Kaloyanides anticipates that the discovery period and evaluation of the evidence will take a long time. He’s still waiting to receive and evaluate the evidence against Lee. “I’m not sure what evidence would support the claim that Mr. Lee’s done anything other than him knowing the victim.” Kaloyanides had some thoughts about Lee’s original arrest in July for possession of a potato gun. “I’ll put it this way. I don’t know of anyone who’s ever been and actually been arrested and held on a charge of possessing a potato gun.” Christopher Lee is being held without bail and his next appearance in court will be a preliminary hearing September 16.

Chris  Lee

Christopher Lee at Arraignment in Joshua Tree.

2 comments to CORWIN MURDER SUSPECT ARRAIGNED, HIS LAWYER SPEAKS OUT

  • Michel-Palmeri

    The fact that Erin’s text messages to her friend in Tennessee eluded to a “hunting trip” could actually be in the Defense’s favor here. As well as Lee’s statements that he went hunting on the morning of her disappearance. That would at least provide reasoning behind the presence of a firearm, their presence together on that day, their location in the desert near Joshua Tree, etc. Defense argues accidental shooting of Erin during the hunting trip, Lee gets scared b/c authorities will not believe the story, hides body in mine shaft. Reasonable Doubt?

  • Michel-Palmeri

    It also negates the impact of Michael Beasley’s testimony that he saw Erin get out of her car and get in Lee’s Jeep. Also diminishes tire track evidence at same scene. Defense shows Lee and Erin were legitimately together on that morning and legitimately on a hunting trip. Then it all went wrong and there was an accidental shooting during the hunting / shooting trip. Also negates premeditation.

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