On December 9, 1985, Russell Hyatt, then 21 years old, checked into the Fair Oaks Motel with Nicole Davis, an 18-year-old woman with whom he was involved. Davis was supposed to have taken a bus to work that morning. Instead, she accompanied Hyatt to the motel where he registered under his own name. Davis also gave her name and age, when asked by the motel clerk on duty. Although Hyatt later told police that Davis did not go to the motel willingly, the motel clerk testified during the grand jury proceedings that he noticed nothing unusual about their behavior when they registered.
Hyatt left the motel late the next morning, stopping in the office to get his key deposit. He then went to his mother's house where he drank a can of Drano and swallowed an assortment of pills. Hyatt stumbled into his brother's room and collapsed on the floor. His brother telephoned for an ambulance, and when paramedics arrived, they found Hyatt wheezing and semi-conscious. They were moving him to the ambulance when the police arrived. The police were given a note written on stationery from the motel and signed by Hyatt. In it, Hyatt stated that Davis's body could be found under the box spring of the bed in room 303 of the motel. The police went to the motel and found the body which was partially clothed. Nearby were an electric cord with a belt attached to it, empty pill bottles, and a dildo.
An autopsy revealed Davis died of asphyxiation from manual strangulation. The external examinations showed blanching contusions on her wrists and ankles in a linear pattern that was consistent with her wrists and ankles being bound before death. The results of the sexual assault examination were inconclusive.
Meanwhile, Hyatt was taken to the stabilization room at the Hennepin County Medical Center. While hospitalized, he was twice interviewed by police. In the first interview, which occurred shortly after he arrived at the hospital, Hyatt admitted strangling Davis. In the second interview three days later, Hyatt again admitted killing Davis. He also told police that she had not gone willingly to the motel and that he had bought the electrical cord to tie her up.
The police investigation revealed that approximately six weeks before the murder Hyatt had been charged with fifth degree assault for hitting Davis, who then obtained a restraining order against him. After the assault, Hyatt sent her flowers and letters asking that she take him back. The police also discovered that Hyatt was involved with another woman, who was pregnant with his child at the time of the murder. This woman told police that Hyatt had called her while he was hospitalized and had said that he hated Davis and had planned to kill her.
Hyatt was charged by complaint with second degree murder. A grand jury later indicted him for first degree murder. At the evidentiary hearing, Hyatt tendered a plea of guilty to second degree murder. The State made an offer of proof that it believed would show Hyatt was guilty of first degree murder. The offer included, among other things, evidence of the earlier assault, Hyatt's letters, which the State said were threatening, and Hyatt's statement that he bought the electrical cords for the purpose of tying up Davis. Hyatt also made an offer of proof showing that, after the assault in October, he and Davis continued to meet and to have a sexual relationship and that they had even checked into the Fair Oaks Motel in early November to spend the night. Hyatt also offered evidence that he engaged in sexual bondage and argued that the electrical cords were used for that purpose.
Over the prosecutor's objection, the trial court accepted Hyatt's plea, explaining that the offered evidence was inconsistent with a finding of premeditation. In pleading guilty, Hyatt claimed he had no recollection of the murder.
HCAO's DOCTOR OF DEATH, JOHN L. KIRWIN DOESN'T GO AFTER DANGEROUS MEN WHO RAPE AND STRANGLE TO DEATH 18 YEAR OLD REAL VICTIMS. NO, INSTEAD HE FOCUSES ON DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED AND MENTALLY RETARDED LOW RISK, NON-DANGEROUS VICTIMS LIKE JOSHUA COX AND ORLANDO LINDGREN.
JOHN L. KIRWIN, Theresa Couri and H. Peter Albrecht should be prosecuted and imprisoned for their contributions to "Public Safety"! Wait until this Sex Killer strikes again. Typical HC "Justice".