Denise Lee 911 Call Played at Michael King Murder Trial
As Michael King stands trial for the murder of Denise Lee, the Denise Lee 911 call was played for the jury for the first time. At first, Denise Lee's parents didn't want the tape played, but later relented. When the Denise Lee 911 call was played in the courtroom, Denise Lee's parents left the room.
Micahel King is on trial for kidnapping, raping and murdering Denise Lee, a 21-year-old Florida woman.
Yesterday, the jury heard the 911 call made by Jane Kowalski, who witnessed a struggle taking place in a dark Camaro at a stoplight. This call is a key element to how events unfolded, as her family believes that this 911 call was mishandled by the dispatchers who took the call.
Kowalski made the infamous 911 call, which many believe was botched by emergency operators. She described seeing a dark Camaro on US 41 in North Port while sitting at a stoplight.
At that very moment, deputies were nearby, some on foot with police dogs, some in patrol cars, and there was even a helicopter. But Charlotte County dispatchers failed to tell patrol cars on the street what they learned from Kowalski: that there was a Chevrolet Camaro at a precise location with screaming person in it, within their reach.
Then the court heard the recording of the 911 call made by Denise Lee herself:
911 Operator: "Can you tell at all what street you are on?"
Denise Lee: "No."
911 Operator: "Do you know this guy that is with you?"
Denise Lee: "No."
911 Operator: "You don't know him from anywhere?"
Denise Lee: "No, Please, oh God, help me."
Tracing this call led to the phone belonging to Michael King, which made him the prime suspect. Also, Denise Lee's ring was found in Michael King's car.
Two days later, Lee's body was found in a shallow grave near Interstate 75 and Toledo Blade Road. Authorities say they also have DNA evidence that King sexually assaulted her.