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massive mounts of blood. I went Craig Continued from page 1 minor woimd, he said. Later that night, Craig testified, while he was shaving his chest hair in the shower, he noticed scratches on his chest. Earlier police testimony about a burglary in the home several days prior to the murder pertained to missing cash and jewelry from the Anderson home. The prosecu- tion's opening statement asserted Craig's drug abuse problem caused him to rob from his grand- mother to pay for drugs, which in turn led to a confrontation that in- cited Craig to take her fife. Craig's testimony, supported by that of Eileen Lauser on Monday, March 24, was that on the night before the burglary, Lamer spent the night, and  two slept togeth- er m the master bedroom. "Did you give Miss Lamer a piece of jewelry?" asked Callaway. "Yes, sir, I did," said Craig, who said he had purchased the bracelet and never stole anything from his grandmother. Craig's tears freely flowed when Callaway asked him to ex- amine a photograph depicting blood stains on a sofa in his grand- mother's living room. He dis- played guilt for her death. "If I had been home, my grandmother would still be alive today," Craig said. While Anderson was in Florida during the week preceding her death, Craig said she called and asked him to locate a memo book with phone numbers for him. At her direction, he said, he removed the plastic-covered booklet from a purse in her closet, gave her the numbers she requested then copied down numbers she gave him. He also explained why his finger prints were on the disabled telephone in the bedroom where she was found. At somewhere  around 5 a.m., he testified, he re- turned home from a long night of drinking and consuming cocaine. "The first unusual thing I no- ticed was the door was shut," said Craig, who explained that when people were home it was always open because the hotne lacked air conditioning. "I noticed blood - straight back to the bedroom...l knew Ihad call police, ed to coil lice." phone, ever, wasn't working, he went 1 to dial 911, CRAIG he said. On the taped recording of the 911 call Craig did not respond to the dispatcher's request thatCraig indicate why an officer was need- ed at 11 Laurel Street. Craig testi- fied that shock and trauma ren. dered him incapable of thinking clearly, and he knew police would arrive at the residence soo "It was like a nightmare," said Craig. "I was in a state of shock. I remember hearing distant knock- ing- banging on something. I heard sounds. I couldn't compre- hend anything. It was like I was asleep." Early in his cross exami- nation, Adkins began his attempt to unravel Craig's story. "Did you cry when you first saw her that night?" asked Adkins. "Yes, sir," said Craig. Adkins played the tape of the brief 911 conversation. Neither Craig's tone nor his request bore marks of hysteria, shock or grief; and Adkins' passion soon became inflamed. "Is that your scared voice?" Ad- kins asked, as his own tone began an ascent. "No, sir," Craig replied. "Is that your terrified voice?" asked Adkins. "It's my voice," said Craig. Adkins asked how Craig was able to stop crying to make the call. "I needed to call and I didn't know how to react," he said. "I did not know how to react to that situation. I've never been in that situation before." Craig then con- ceded that he did not cry from the time the police arrived until the time they put him in a patrol car. Adldns continued to drill Craig, demanding an explanation as to why Craig did not answer the dis- patcher's request to state the na- ture of the problem. "They didn't ask you who did it," said Adldns. ''hey asked you Lewes Continued from page 17 generate $631,187 of operating revenues. Other major revenue items include: $200,000 from real estate transfer taxes; $98,000 from building permits; $84,000 from parking meter fees; $71,000 from mercantile licenses; and $60,000 from interest. Salaries continue to be the largest expense item in the Lewes budget. Street Department salaries in the next year will con- sume $200,287; police depart- ment salaries, $286,166; and ad. ministration salaries, $119,546. The next largest expense item is the landfill tipping fees for dump- ing of Lewes garbage for which Lewes has budgeted $111,870. The city has also budgeted $52,680 for parks and recreation which is an increase of $7,68.0 over the previous year. One possible hole in the rev- enue budget is the $3,500 slated for receipt from the Jolly Rover which has paid for dockage at the city's municipal wharf for its tall ship cruising business the last sev- eral years. Jolly Rover officials asked Lewes last fall to reduce its fee to $1,000 because business had been so poor in 1996. Lewes officials balked and suggested a meeting to discuss the situation. City Manager Elaine Bisbee said a letter was sent to the Jolly Rover owners last November but no re- sponse has arrived. "Street talk says the Rover isn't coming back to Lewes," said Bisbee, "but I've had no official word." what the problem was." "I was in Craig said. The only reason he a state of shock," said Craig. Adkins also qeestioned Craig's testimony on the sequence of events. Anderson's body was found in the master bedroom of the house, a room she usually used as a guest room. "You said you went back to her room," said Ad- kins. "Which room did you go in first? Why didn't you go straight to her room?" Craig replied that when he fol- lowed the trail of blood down the hall, be spotted her in the master bedroom. "Fhat house is com- pletely dark...why wouldn't you go to her room first?" Adkins asked. Rehoboth Beach police officers testified early in the trial that when they arrived at the home, the inside of the home was dark. Craig did not dispute their claim, but he told Adkins there was some light in the back of the home. "When you got in there, did you feel somebody had murdered your grandmother?" asked Adkins. "I assumed so," said Craig. Craig said he touched nothing, in- cluding his grandmother, when he discovered the murder. Adkins asked why, with his lifesaving training, he didn't attempt to save her. "I felt that she was dead," proffered to AdkinS regarding why he did not seek assistance from his "Uncle Rich" at the home next dooris because he was in such deep shock. He told Ad- kins that be did not recall telling the police to place handcuffs on him or telling them there had been an accident. "I didn't kill my grandmother, Mr. Adkins," said Craig. The testimony for the day ended when a subpoenaed wit- ness, Beth Thomas, failed to ap- pear. 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