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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Homicide Continued from page 9 Girlfriend questioned Michelle Trasatti, 17, of Lewes, testified she was Drew Warring- ton's girlfriend at the time of the murder and remains so to- day. While waiting for lawyers to fin- ish with a side- bar at Graves' desk, the girl DREW with the long WARRINGTON dark hair and dark eyes glanced toward the de- fendant's table, where she ven- tured a timid smile toward Drew before returning her gaze straight ahead to the back of the court- room. "I don't remember" and "I don't recall" were the hallmark of Trasatti's testimony, and attorneys appeared baffled she had no clear- cut a wer for why she suddenly i7 .he Port Lewes home, left her car in the driveway and walked miles in her bare feet to connect with her mother. Trasatti said she arrived at the Warrington home about noon the day of the murder, because it was her custom to visit her boyfriend daily. She left her shoes and her handbag on the couch in the bed- room the boys shared. She testi- fied she was watching TV upstairs with Drew Warrington when she heard conversation downstairs. At first, she said, it sounded ordinary and she recognized only Wes War- rington's voice - not the other voice. Then the tone changed. She got up from the couch, went out on the upstairs deck, closed the sliding doors. Trasatti testified she "'stood out there and smoked a cigarettel I heard banging and yelling." She then told Deputy Attorney General Adam Gelof she left the residence and walked to the beach before proceeding toward nearby devel- opment Cape Shores, where a friend of her mother's lived. She did not go back inside to get either Nov. 9 - Nov. 15, 2001 her shoes or her keys before leav- ing the home, she said. According to the Lewes Board of Public Works, the temperature at 2 p.m., Aug. 14, 2000, was 68.5 degrees and winds were 15 mph. It rained through noon, and a driz- zling mist continued intermittently until 4:30 or 5 p.m., for a total of 1.95 inches of rain for the day. Gelof asked her why, with a car in front of the home, she didn't go get her keys before leavqng. "I didn't want to be a part of whatever it was," replied Trasatti. "Arguments scare me." "All you heard is arguing?" asked Gelof. "And banging, yes," said Trasatti. "Did one voice seem angrier than another?" asked Phillips later. ' "Yes," said Trasatti. "Which one?" "Jesse's." Trasatti said she did- n't recognize the voice as Pecco's at the time of the incident and it was only later she knew who it was. When she found no one at home at her mother's friend's house, Trasatti left Cape Shores, located near the entrance to Cape Hen- lopen State Park, and headed to- ward Lewes city limits. She walked barefoot past the entrance to Port Lewes and saw a police of- ricer while passing the ferry termi- nal. "Why is it that you left?" Hailer later asked. "Because I was scared." The last thing Trasatti saw be- fore leaving the deck, she said, was Drew running down the stairs inside the townhouse. Ultimately, she arrived at a friend's house just past Cedar Street. Drug user defines roles Peter Harlow, 22, of Ocean View, testified he was among Pec- co's best friends and was also friends with the Warrington broth- ers. He testified about events pre- ceding the murder. Harlow said approximately two weeks before Pecco's death he and Wes War- rington went to Pecco's home en route to a nightclub in Washing- ton, D.C. ".We all sat down and did some drugs," said Harlow. Harlow said Pecco's Ketamine sales were poor that night because security at the club was tight, so "he took it easy." The next day they returned to Delaware. "He [Wes] told Jesse that he would sell it [the remaining bags of drugs] for him," said Harlow. That n|ght just Harlow and Wes Warrington re- turned to Washington, to another club located across the street from the first club. "Wes had the remaining bags that Jesse had given him...I guess he did [personally used] a majority of it." Hariow said Warrington had "no more than $200" of what in subsequent testimony from Pec- co's girlfriend was $660 worth of Ketamine. When Warrington was unable to pay the debt, said Har- low, he and Drew Warrington made arrangements with Pecco to take some marijuana to sell. "Both used and sold," said Hat- low. "Obviously, it wasn't done right." By then, Hariow estimated, the debt was probably about $800. The following Friday evening, Aug. 11, Harlow went to Pecco's mother's house, where Jesse was visiting. Shortly thereafter, he said, Wes Warrington arrived, and the three men went to an efficien- cy residence on the same property. "A check was handed off from Wes Warrington to Jesse," said Harlow. "At that point, it was an $800 debt, and to the best of my knowledge it was for $700." Pec- co, said Harlow, seemed "very ec- static, happy..." The check, writ- ten on Robert Warrington Sr.'s ac- count, was made out to the junior Warrington. Since banks weren't open, Pecco and Warrington made plans to meet Monday, Aug. 14, at the business where Warrington would be working as his father's employee. "Any conflict or fighting about this [plan]?" asked Adkins. "No sir," replied Harlow. "Jesse wouldn't let Wes keep the check, right?" asked Phillips. "Yes...Wes was leaving town..." said Harlow. He testified Pecco thought Wes could leave the state for vacation, and he was con- cerned he wouldn't return. "There was no sense of hostility between Wes,and Jesse - ever." Later that night, he said, he joined Warrington, Drew Warring- ton and Trasatti. Trasatti drove them in her car to Ocean City, where they went to a club, said Harlow. "We were drinking and smoking pot:" The next night, the same group again returned to Ocean City, said Harlow, and at no time either evening did Wes or Drew Warrington mention hard feelings toward Pecco. Crime tour grave On Nov. 7, the courtroom be- came a theater of the absurd. In the dimly lit room, three video monitors formed a T-shape to ac- commodate jurors, legal counsel tables and the judge. Expressions on jurors' faces were somber, focused and impas- sive as the video tour of the crime scene began. The tour begins at the top of a light-colored stairwell flanked in wine-colored smears, blotches and specks. The mauve carpet is stained, step by step, with patches of crimson. Smooth walls are punctuated with damages the size of a saucer or smaller, peanut-size holes infused in dark red. Arriving at the foot of the stairs, the scene shifts to the amber-stained vinyl floor, and what appears to be strands of dark hair glued to the surface with blood. 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