Star witness in Waseem Daker murder trial provides details of perjury
by Lindsay Field
October 08, 2013 12:26 AM | 24096 views | 19 19 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former witness for the state, Loretta Spencer Blatz, explains that she perjured herself during the original trial for convicted murderer Waseem Daker, during Monday’s hearing before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley.
Former witness for the state, Loretta Spencer Blatz, explains that she perjured herself during the original trial for convicted murderer Waseem Daker, during Monday’s hearing before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley.
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MARIETTA — The key witness in the conviction of Waseem Daker on murder charges took the stand Monday and outlined the laundry list of lies she says she told during his trial one year ago.

Daker is seeking a new trial and the hearing Monday before Superior Court Judge Mary Staley will continue today with Loretta Spencer Blatz, one of 15 witnesses and experts called for questioning.

Daker was convicted last October in the 1995 strangulation death of Karmen Smith in her east Cobb home, and the stabbing of her then-5-year-old son, Nick Smith. The boy, now 23, survived multiple stab wounds.

Daker was sentenced to life in prison plus 47 ½ years and remains in the Jackson State Prison.

In his motion for a new trial, Daker originally wanted 86 people to testify, but Staley narrowed that list down to 15.

Blatz, who last spring filed four separate affidavits recanting her testimony during Daker’s trial, admitted that she lied about Daker’s role in the case and the nature of her relationship with him back in 1995.

Blatz said Daker never threatened her and her daughter. Contrary to her testimony at last year’s trial, she said she invited him to visit her at her then-Roswell home in 1995 and the two had sex. She now says he never told her he was homosexual, he never threatened her with a knife or gun and he never assaulted her with a gun.

Daker asks former lover about the lies

Daker asked Blatz during the more than two-hour round of questioning why she lied at the trial and “demonized” him for 17 years.

“I was terrified of you, I wanted you to pay,” she said while beginning to tear up on the stand.

“I did lie and say things that were not true because it was a horrific thing that happened (to Karmen Smith and Nick Smith) and I thought you did it.”

She said she “wrongfully accused” Daker and that after his conviction she decided to come forward with the truth.

When questioned by Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans, who originally prosecuted the case last fall, Blatz continued to voice regret for her lies.

“I have nothing to hide, Mr. Evans. I just want to do what is right and true, despite knowing that I’m going to go to jail for this,” she said in a raised voice.

“I am so sorry and remorseful for what I’ve done, not only to Waseem but to his family,” she continued.

“I wanted a conviction. I did, and said anything to get him behind bars. I did lie.”

In one of her affidavits, Blatz also stated that Daker’s hair follicle was found on the blankets Karmen Smith was wrapped up in after her murder because he had used the blanket a few days before while at Blatz’s apartment.

Blatz said she had given the blankets to Karmen Smith days before her death.

Among other things brought up during the hearing, Blatz said she has written Daker almost daily since he was imprisoned, including her signing and having affidavits notarized pertaining to her false testimony so that Daker could fill them out in prison.

She said she asked him to do this because her grammar was bad and she didn’t want mistakes in the court paperwork.

Several of the letters she has sent to Daker were read aloud, displaying her new-found dedication to Daker’s freedom.

“I will not abandon you, Waseem. You are not alone,” one letter states.

Blatz also admitted to paying for a court reporter to assist Daker while he serves his prison sentence and prepares for the new trial hearings, calling attorneys on his behalf for legal assistance and even trying to take out a mortgage to assist him in this case.

Hearing resumes this morning

Others called to the stand on Monday included Daker’s brother, Wesam Daker, Liquita Kenney with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Medical Examiner Dr. Brian Frist, DNA expert and geneticist Dr. Greg Hampikian with the Idaho Innocence Project, Cobb County District Attorney Investigator Nick O’Conor and Nick Smith.

Wesam Daker talked about search warrants served on his brother’s property following his arrest on the murder charges in 2010.

Kenney testified about Nick Smith’s misdemeanor arrests in January 2010 in Athens. Frist was questioned about his temporary probation in 1987 related to an autopsy.

Hampikian was questioned about his expertise in DNA and what his role is now with the case, advocating for Daker’s justice; and O’Conor was asked how he assisted in questioning witnesses and collected evidence for the October 2012 case.

Those left on Daker’s subpoenaed list who may be questioned on Tuesday include Ashley Burch, Allison Leigh, June Ragle and Terri Morgan, who each reportedly have information about juror misconduct during the 2012 murder trial; Cobb Police Detective John Dawes, who originally investigated the murder and knife assault; Cobb Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pete Gibson, who served as the security director over courthouse deputies during the trial; and Blatz’s daughter, Christina Valenti, who was 10 at the time of the 1995 incident.

Staley on Tuesday told Daker that he will be required to give his closing statements no later than 11 a.m. Court is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. this morning.

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norma8989
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June 11, 2014
so agree with TJB1. I think She is the killer.
Robert Terry
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August 16, 2014
I believe she is a nut!
TJB1
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December 06, 2013
Lots of unanswered questions for me –

• How did Waseem Daker know where Lottie Spencer had moved to after he had been in prison for 10 years?

• Where was Lottie during the murder of Karmen Smith and stabbing of her son Nick Smith? The killer wore a mask.

• Seems Lottie set up Waseem Daker from the beginning and potentially did give the blanket to Karmen so she could frame Waseem.

• I suspect Lottie was jealous of Karmen and murdered her. And didn’t expect for Nick to show up.

careful observer
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October 10, 2013
Since Blatz is carrying around a lot of guilt...doesnt it make sense that she can get rid of her guilt if Daker didnt commit the murder and stabbing and Blatz didnt bring about Karmen Smith's horrible murder and Nick Smith's stabbing because Daker was stalking her...what a relief that would be to a very disturbed mind (Blatz)
anonymous
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October 11, 2013
It wouldn't make much sense for someone to feel guilty for crimes they did NOT commit. What makes sense is feeling guilty for lying for all these years, believing lies that your friend committed such a terrible crime, being falsely fearful and demonizing someone who Blatz now believes to be innocent.
anonymous
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October 11, 2013
Didn't she say she lied years ago because she was led to believe Daker did those horrific crimes? Doesn't make much sense for someone to lie years ago to help convict a man to now lie in an effort to free him. Seems her conscience has got the best of her and she has finally come forward with the truth. This proves how witness are not credible and are willing to lie to keep who they are led to believe are guilty of heinous crimes.
anonymous
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October 11, 2013
She should feel guilty. She has falsely accused a man of crimes he didn't commit. I can understand why she did but it doesn't make it right. This man has been accused, convicted of crimes that were false and based on lies. Where is the justice? I can only hope that the Judge will demand a new fair trial with truth by Blatz and NO misconduct of withholding evidence, lies, witness tampering from the Cobb County DA's office. What Blatz has done was wrong no doubt about it but the misconduct from ADA Jesse Evans and DA's office is wrong also.
anonymous
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October 11, 2013
The only way for true justice to be accomplished is a new trial.
anonymous
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October 09, 2013
ANOTHER reason NOT to trust our judicial system. This proves our judicial system doesn't always work. Not only do witnesses lie but also the prosecution. Anything for a conviction. Sadly, the DA's office hasn't changed with the new DA. I was hopeful for an ethical DA with Vic Reynolds as the new DA. Just because the name on the door at the DA's office has changed doesn't mean he has the capability, ability or desire to make the necessary changes within the DA's office.
Charles51
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December 01, 2013
Anonymous, stop with all your fake messages saying Blatz is for real and that Wassem the murderer needs a new trial. You and I know Wassem is a psycho. Give it up!
anonymous
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October 09, 2013
He should get a NEW FAIR TRIAL, that would be justice. Any case built on lies, fabrication, prosecution misconduct, coaching of witnesses, withholding evidence etc and a judge who clearly shows biased behavior towards the defendant is not the justice system I would be proud of. In order for our justice system to work, ethical behavior from everyone from Detectives, Witnesses, Prosecutor, DA's office and Judge are needed. When the chain of behavior is broken, JUSTICE can NEVER be served.
Pachachis
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December 05, 2013
Ethical behavior ARE needed?
anonymous
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October 08, 2013
Telling the truth can be freeing. He is deserving of a new trial.
Just Wait
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October 08, 2013
She is obviously in love with this guy and will do anything to "save" him from his sentence. He's done all her statements so she only signs them and probably scripted her testimony. What a waste of time and money.
Arrest her
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October 08, 2013
I sure hope the DA charges her with perjury and she goes to jail for the rest of her life. Who is telling the truth? No one knows now. Don't let him out and put her in.
anonymous
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October 09, 2013
If what you are saying were true, wouldn't that not prove he was NOT stalking her but rather a quarrel between lovers?
anonymous
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October 11, 2013
what type of love is that? She falsely accused him. She lied to convict him because she was led to believe he did the crimes and was after her daughter. As a mother, I would have lied also if the detectives and DA's office led me to believe someone was at my house to kill my daughter. A mother is capable of anything to protect her children.
to just wait
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October 15, 2013
I dont think love has anything to do with it. I think it's her conscience. Where was her love back in 1995 and the 18 plus years since? Why didn't she "SAVE" him back then? It seems Ms. Blatz actually has a conscience, something most people dont have.

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