FONDA - Murder suspect Ivan "Big Man" Ramos stabbed two people to death in an Amsterdam apartment and left behind a scene of carnage, Montgomery County District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy told jurors Wednesday.
"You will see the scene," Conboy said during opening statements in the murder trial of Ramos. "You will see the carnage."
Ramos is accused of killing William McDermott, 56, who lived in the apartment at 359 Locust Ave., and Cheryl Goss, 46, on March 2. Ramos, 30, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Conboy said after the killings, authorities found smeared blood in the hallway leading to McDermott's apartment.
"You'll see it's clear someone was dragged through that blood from the hallway back into the apartment. It was Billy McDermott because it was his blood," Conboy said.
Conboy said McDermott was stabbed and dragged into the apartment and the door was locked from the inside.
Goss made the "fatal decision" to hide in a bedroom, Conboy said. Ramos then burst into the room and stabbed and killed her, Conboy told jurors.
Conboy said blood from Ramos and McDermott was found in fresh snow.
During the trial Wednesday, Ramos was calm.
Before the jurors filed in, Ramos said to Montgomery County Court Judge Felix Catena that he would not get a fair trial.
"I'll never get a fair trial in Montgomery County. Some of the jurors have personal relationships with the McDermott family and with the district attorney," Ramos said.
Catena disregarded the complaint.
Conboy said he has established a timeline of the crime.
It starts March 1 and moves through 4:41 a.m. the next day, when someone made a silent, 30-second call to 911 from a cellphone that police found in McDermott's possession, Conboy said.
Conboy said Craig McCormick stumbled upon the bodies after leaving the Reid Street apartment of Terry Dallas Reidy.
Conboy said Reidy had received a visit from Ramos roughly an hour before the killings to use his phone and call "Pops," Ramos' nickname for McDermott.
After the killings, Ramos reportedly crawled through the window of his wife, Patrina's, former apartment at the Woodrow Wilson townhouse complex after first stopping at his sister Elvira's apartment nearby, Conboy said.
Attorney Mark Juda, who is representing Ramos, said in his opening remarks he sought to question the police investigation and procedures.
He said McCormick, who found the bodies, contaminated the scene.
He said the police only investigated Ramos as a suspect.
"The police weren't looking at anyone else," Juda said.
He said police looked for evidence against Ramos.
"There was no way they were going to allow the evidence not to implicate Ramos," Juda said.
The trial will resume today at 9:30 a.m.
Arthur Cleveland is the Montgomery County reporter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.