Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Court TV Show Will Look at N.M. Killer
The Associated Press
AZTEC Death row inmate Robert Fry of Farmington will be the subject of a Court TV show to air this fall.
Forensic Files will focus an episode on one of Fry's victims, Betty Lee, 36, of Shiprock.
Fry is awaiting the death penalty for the June 9, 2000, slaying of Lee, a mother of five bludgeoned with a sledgehammer.
The show will touch on other cases involving Fry.
He was sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 death of Donald Tsosie, 40, of Ganado, Ariz., who was beaten with a shovel.
Fry also was convicted of killing Matthew Trecker, 18, and Joseph Fleming, 25, both of Farmington. They were killed in the now-defunct Eclectic store in 1996.
Kelly Ann Martin, the show's senior producer, said Lee's murder was solved using forensic evidence.
A San Juan County Sheriff's Department detective found a cell phone that belonged to a local tow truck driver. The driver told investigators he dropped it in the sand after trying to free a truck that was preparing to get two other cars out of the sand in the same area.
One of the cars belonged to Fry. It was later discovered that he was in the area because he had murdered Lee.
Other forensic evidence included Fry's hiking boots being matched to footprints at the crime scene and drops of blood discovered on his clothing.