DOVER - A friend of Dean Smoronk's who often fixed his computers and sometimes performed security checks on his property, testified on Wednesday that when he did such a security check on Jan. 28, the day after two women were slain inside Smoronk's Farmington home, the property looked far different than it had the day before when he had gone there to deliver some items for one of the victims.
Jason Parker, who said he met Smoronk back in the '90s when they both worked for the networking computer giant Cabletron, told the jury that he visited Smoronk's 979 Meaderboro Road home on Jan. 27 to deliver some items to be possibly resold by Smoronk's longtime on- and off-again girlfriend, Christine Sullivan, one of the two women allegedly bludgeoned and stabbed to death by Timothy Verrill, 37, of Dover. Also slain was Jenna Pellegrini of Barrington, a friend of Sullivan's whom Verrill allegedly thought to be an informant.
Parker said he was never able to contact Sullivan that day - a day when prosecutors say she was already dead - so he finally called Smoronk and asked if he could leave the items in a wood shed behind the detached garage, to which Smoronk agreed.
The next day, Saturday, Jan. 28, Parker said Smoronk called him just before noon and asked him to do a security check on the property during which time Parker had Smoronk on the phone, while describing the scene and sending him pictures of what he had found in real time.
Parker reported to Smoronk - who was in Southwest Florida near his second residence at the time - that no one was answering doors, that the garage windows had been painted green and that the smell of paint was overwhelming in the garage.
|Dean Smoronk in 2017 photo taken after his Interstate 95 arrest on drug charges in Virginia. (Virginia State Police photo)
During the security check, he took pictures of Sullivan's Volvo, another vehicle he thought was a Subaru parked inside the garage and Smoronk's prized white Cadillac next to it.
Parker said he also saw a license plate in the snow in front of the garage on the side closest to the house.
He said at the end of the call Smoronk asked him if he'd seen Christine and he said no.
"What do you think I should do?" Parker said Smoronk said to him.
"I said, 'Contact her friends,'" Parker told Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.
Defense attorney Meredith Lugo cross-examined Parker briefly, establishing that when he arrived there on Friday it
|Timothu Verrill, of Dover, listens during Day 6 of his murder trial inside Strafford County Superior Court in Dover on Wednesday.
was midafternoon and still light out.
Smoronk, himself, is a thrice-convicted drug dealer alleged to have been a central figure in a drug enterprise based in Farmington, Southwest Florida and California, court testimony has revealed. He is scheduled as a witness for both the state and the defense for the Verrill trial.
Verrill, meanwhile, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Sullivan, 48, and Pellegrini, 32, and is facing life in prison without parole if found guilty.