Communications Expert Witness On Cell Phone Evidence

Cell phones previously linked to two of the three suspects on trial for the January 2009 murder of a Montgomery Township, PA, man were used in the vicinity of the slaying and at the approximate time of the killing, according to an FBI agent. Citing cell phone records reflecting the cell towers that carried the calls, communications expert witness and FBI Special Agent William Shute Friday testified that these phones were used in the Philadelphia area where the defendants lived up until about 4 a.m. on Jan. 9. Calls made from these phones then were recorded using two cell towers nearest to the residence of 58-year-old Robert Chae of Gwynmont Drive, the expert witness testified.

In earlier testimony, the cell phone numbers tracked by Shute in his report were for phones reportedly used by Joseph Page, 23, and Amatadi Latham, 26. Page, Latham and Pitts are on trial on second- and third-degree murder charges stemming from Robert Chae’s suffocation death and the subsequent robbery of his home shortly after 5 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2009.

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