Former detective in stalking case takes stand in Daker trial
by Kim Isaza
September 18, 2012 01:15 AM | 9938 views | 10 10 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Defendant Waseem Daker, who is acting as his own lawyer in the murder trial of Karmen Smith, cross examines Loretta Spencer Blatz, right, who was Smith's housemate on Friday. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Defendant Waseem Daker, who is acting as his own lawyer in the murder trial of Karmen Smith, cross examines Loretta Spencer Blatz, right, who was Smith's housemate on Friday. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
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MARIETTA — Several police officers and a former detective who was assigned to the stalking case involving Loretta Spencer Blatz and Waseem Daker testified Monday at Daker’s trial in the 1995 murder of Spencer Blatz’s housemate, Karmen Smith.

But the state may have issues with the credibility of that former detective, Mark Lance. In 2002, Lance pleaded guilty to an unrelated federal charge of extortion and admitted taking thousands of dollars from the management of an adult nightclub in Sandy Springs.

On cross-examination, Daker, who is representing himself, asked Lance if he is a convicted felon.

“Yes I am,” Lance said.

Other law-enforcement officers who dealt with stalking victim Spencer Blatz in 1995 testified that she had not reported instances in which she claims Daker threatened to kill her and her daughter, ran her car off the road, or had been found in her apartment.

Still, Fulton Police Capt. Brian Casal testified that when he responded to Spencer Blatz’s office on Sept. 1, 1995, after Daker had called her and shown up there despite a court’s order that he have no contact with her, “she reported that he made threatening statements to her over the phone” and that the threats were against her and her daughter.

Daker was charged two years ago in the 1995 strangulation death of Karmen Smith, 30, in her basement apartment of a home in the Hunter’s Trace subdivision, which is off of Johnson

Ferry Road just west of Roswell Road. Smith was a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines.

Daker is also charged with aggravated battery on Smith’s son, Nickolas, who was stabbed 16 times on Oct. 23, 1995. Nickolas Smith was 5 years old and in kindergarten at Timber Ridge Elementary at the time, but he survived his injuries and is expected to testify later this week.

About a year after the murder, Daker was convicted of stalking Spencer Blatz – who lived upstairs from Karmen Smith — and spent 10 years in prison on those charges before he was released in 2006.

Daker is now charged with malice murder, four counts of felony murder, burglary, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and other charges. He could face life in prison if convicted of murder.

According to Daker’s indictment, he was not “positively identified as having committed the crimes until DNA results were obtained in December of 2009.”

See the Good Morning America feature on the trial:

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DionD
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September 18, 2012
Her testimony isn't even worth $50 shipped
uncle d
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September 21, 2012
really when your boy rots in prison you will change your mind
Dion Dakis
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September 18, 2012
I'm proud to announce that NeoGeoFreaks will be releasing an official limited edition "Waseem Daker" KoF2k0 insert.

A portion of the money will go towards Chris Ray's HIV meds.
IKFriedman
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September 18, 2012
What I'd want to know, and I don't know if Daker would ask this, is whether the police/detectives have seen folks who are the victim of stalking make up stories. I know when a friend was a victim of stalking she couldn't get an injunctive order because what the guy was doing didn't amount to enough of a threat--at least according to the police she spoke with. They gave her examples of what would. In a way that's sort of like telling a criminal what their alibi should be before they tell you their story and influencing them.

I wouldn't be surprised if some people bent the truth when reporting things to the police (especially when they act hysterical or have no serious education) or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, avoid telling things that aren't true on an official police report.

IKGultiman
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September 18, 2012
Dakar has already been found guilty of stalking and served years behind bars. He has destroyed countless lives. IKFriedman... why ask the questions you pose now? You obviously sympathize with a convicted stalker. A more important question to ask is, "when will justice be served?" Education has nothing to do with being victimized. Wake up!
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