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Prosecution 'Skeptical' About False Confession in Murder Case

July hearing scheduled in 2009 Memorial Day weekend murder in Bradley Gardens.

A hearing will be held in July on a report by an expert witness that one of the three years ago may have given a false confession because of his heroin addiction.

Katharine Errickson, attorney for David Granskie Jr., told Superior Court Judge John Pursel on Tuesday that Dr. Clarence Watson, a forensic psychiatrist and lawyer based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, will testify that Granskie, 25, gave a false confession to murdering Carolyn Stone, 45, in the backyard of a Bradley Gardens home during the 2009 Memorial Day weekend.

But Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Rocchietti said he was “skeptical” both about the science in Watson’s report and some of its facts which opined that Granskie gave the confession because he was in withdrawal from heroin addiction.

Because of that, the judge has scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. July 11 on the report.

”Nobody understands why they say they did something that they didn’t,” Errickson said.

The hearing on the report will be held before a hearing is held on whether Granskie’s confession may be admitted into his trial and whether his Miranda rights against self-incrimination were violated. No date has been set for the Miranda hearing.

"You're looking at the expert right here in a black robe," Pursel said about the Miranda hearing.

No trial date has been set for Granskie and co-defendant, Rocky DiTaranto, 25, both residents of the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater.

A third co-defendant, Gary Wilson, 29, also a Bradley Gardens resident, pleaded guilty in July 2011 to the murder charge. He is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on July 24.

According to a plea agreement with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Wilson will be sentenced to 45 years in state prison. Because it is a first-degree crime, Wilson will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, or 38 years, before being eligible for parole.

As part of the agreement, Wilson also agreed to testify against Granskie  and DiTaranto.

In pleading guilty, Wilson told the judge that he and friends were attending a Memorial Day weekend barbecue at an Oak Street home, where Stone lived with , and became intoxicated after drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine. In the middle of the night, Wilson said, DiTaranto led Stone, who was also intoxicated, into the backyard of the home. 

Wilson said he went with them. From there, Wilson said, DiTaranto had sex with Stone on the ground, keeping his hands on her neck to keep her down. After DiTaranto had sex with her, Wilson said, he was supposed to have sex with her too, but didn't.

Wilson said he then dropped a cinder block three times on her head to keep her quiet.

Wilson's plea came after a hearing earlier in 2011 to determine if his right against self-incrimination had been violated. During interrogation by police in 2009, Wilson allegedly said, "I just murdered someone."

William VanNatta May 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Brutal murder he deserves what he gets.
Sandra Lynn Granskie February 11, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Dont talk until you have your facts straight.
concerned family member March 29, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Let me tell you something Sandra whoever the hell you are I am related to the family and I know the facts of the case William is right it was a brutal murder and rape and those sons of bitches deserve everything that they get but no sentence in this state is harsh enough for what they truly deserve that's for sure!!!!
Sandra Lynn Granskie March 31, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Whoever the hell I am???? Im David Granskie's mother. He had nothing to do with the murder of Carolyn Stone. He lived in the same house with her and his father my ex-husband. He cared very much for Carolyn and they were close. He would never do such a brutal thing. He was originally arrested that day on outstanding warrants. He is a heroin addict not a murderer. Im not related to the Stone family but my heart goes out to them. Carolyn Kelly and I were close. Ive known them for years and hung out with them when our kids were little. He was forced into a false confession because the detectives fucked up their investigation and his lawyer will prove just that.
Bridgewater Resident August 29, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I'm sorry for what you are going through Sandra but I am more sorry for what the Stone family has endured. Your son may not have personally killed Carolyn but he raped her and was present for the murder which is the same thing. Or maybe your spin is Carolyn wanted to have sex with her boyfriends heroin addict son and friend then got killed afterwards which is what....just a coincidence? Set your motherly nature aside and see him for the monster he is. Also don't try to say drugs made him do it. That won't fly here. He's pure evil.
chris tone November 07, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Dave wasn't outside or around when that scumbag Gary Wilson killed her. Point blank period. When the justice system plays out we'll all see that Dave will be proven innocent. If you knew anything about his case, which obviously you don't, he's no longer charged with murder, it was dropped. Everyone knows he didn't kill her. He's charged with conspiracy to commit, which mean he planned it all out. But who would plan out a murder in their own back yard?? Are you following me here? Lastly, if you were hung over and were screamed at for 10 straight hours by asshole interrogators who are known to manipulate people into confessing things they didn't do, they could very well manipulate you into saying things you didn't do. I know tons of examples that refer to false confessions, where the interrogators were realized to be leading/manipulating. I know actual cases where the interrogators told the person to just say they did the crime, and they would go home... (which by the way never happens) It's not credible one hundred percent, especially when you're not being talked to by police, you're being screamed at. Meanwhile, you're hung over. I'm open to questions. I'm familiar this guy's case.

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