EDMOND — A fatal stabbing that went unsolved in Edmond for 18 years will be the subject of an upcoming episode of Forensic Files.
A production crew has been in Edmond this week taping interviews and evidence from the 1986 slaying of Gary Dale Larson and rape of his girlfriend at 1228 Harding Ave.Larson's killer, Jonathan Scott Graham, 42, was arrested April 5, 2004, after he was picked up for peeping into a house in the 1200 block of Pepperdine Avenue. Graham sits in the McAlester State Penitentiary serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of stabbing Larson 24 times in the chest and stomach. He also has 15 other life sentences for other convictions including rape, burglary and possession of child pornography plus two 10-year sentences for taking clandestine photographs. All of his sentences are to run consecutively.
TV comes callingKelly Ann Martin, Forensic Files senior producer, said, the Edmond case was chosen partly because of the way Edmond police solved the crime after so many years. "It was good old investigative work,” Martin said. Edmond police Detective Stephen Day was given credit for solving the case. Day, a 23-year veteran Edmond officer, had been on the police force for a year when he was working patrol the night of the slaying. Then, 18 years later he was a detective assigned to the peeping case. "I was looking at the brushes and the shrubs outside the house and something clicked from 17-18 years ago,” Day said. "It was the same neighborhood. It was just a snowball effect.” Everything was right. The victims' houses were on adjacent streets. Graham had lived in a house in the neighborhood all of his life. He would have been the right age, and he had the right blood type. A bloody footprint from the homicide scene matched Graham's footprint found at the house where he was arrested on what started out to be a misdemeanor Peeping Tom charge, Day said.
Later, Graham's DNA matched the biological evidence recovered from the rape.
Mixed feelingsDay said he was surprised when representatives of Forensic Files called wanting to do a show.
"I wasn't sure. I had mixed feelings about it,” Day said. "So many bad things had happened to so many people. I didn't want to do it for entertainment.”
After contacting the victim and family members, Day said, they decided to participate with the Forensic Files' request.Michael Joseloff, an independent producer working with Forensic Files, said they have taped interviews of Day, retired police officer Chuck Goode and Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger.
They also spent the day Thursday at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center in Edmond taping a simulation of the bloody footprint. They were assisted by criminalists Jim Stokes and Chris Davis, who helped to match the footprints.Martin said the Edmond episode should air on the cable television channel truTV in October or November.