Home > News > Suspect in Natel King Murder Released, Still Faces Trial • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Suspect in Natel King Murder Released, Still Faces Trial

Suspect in Natel King Murder Released, Still Faces Trial
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
  39.66%
Yes, but in a few years
  36.87%
No
  23.46%
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Sep 29, 2004 10:34 AM PDT    Text size: 
NORRISTOWN, Penn. –The assistant photographer accused of lying to police during the murder investigation of Canadian porn actress Taylor Summers, also known as Natel King, is close to being released from prison, her attorney announced this week.

Jennifer Mitkus, known as both a vagrant and an alleged prostitute, was arrested in March and charged with making unsworn falsifications to authorities and hindering apprehension. She has been held in county prison ever since her arrest in lieu of $10,000 bail that she could not pay.

However, after serving more than 180 days in jail, Montgomery County Judge William T. Nicholas handed down a ruling Tuesday ordering the immediate release of Mitkus from prison.

Mitkus allegedly lied to investigators shortly after King's disappearance, saying that she had been present at the final photo shoot that preceded King's disappearance.

King was later found dead in a ravine in Whitemarsh, Penn., a suburb 10 miles northwest of Philadelphia. She was last seen alive Feb. 29 walking to a corner bar in Conshohocken, Penn., after completing a bondage film shoot with photographer Anthony Frederick.

The coroner’s office ruled King’s death a homicide, saying she died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper body.

Shortly after discovery of King's body, Frederick was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, unsworn falsification to authorities and abuse of a corpse. Authorities believed at the time that Frederick has videotaped the killing of King as a snuff film.

Mitkus was also arrested for lying to authorities, claiming that she last saw King by her car outside the studio after the photo shoot had been completed and that she and Frederick left the area before King.

According to the judge's ruling this week, Mitkus' 180-day jail stay has expired and she must be released. The judge ruled that Mitkus could only be imprisoned for up to 180 days without being brought to trial.

Mitkus will still face trial on the charges against her, but according to the judge's ruling, she no longer has to sit in jail.

"Jennifer has been in jail for 180 days and the law says that anyone in prison for 180 days is entitled to have a trial," said Mitkus' attorney Carolyn Carluccio.

On Sept. 21, the trial date for Frederick was postponed and he remains in prison without bail. Frederick's attorney, Daniel Paul-Alva, has asked to be removed from the case.

The Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Barbara Ashcroft said that prosecutors are aiming to combine the trials of Mitkus and Frederick sometime in February 2005.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

PROFILES & BIOS

Cam World: Jim Austin Puts Stripchat / xHamsterLive on the Cutting Edge

Meet Jim Austin, head of business development for Stripchat and xHamsterLive. Austin helps run the two free online communities where amateur models — women, men, couples and transgender folk —... More »

Crave’s Jack Morocco Brings Fresh Perspective to Channel Manager Role

Jack Morocco must be in the right career. They’ve been hit on by Nina Hartley and already had to fend off Ron Jeremy, all in their short one-and-a-half years with San Francisco boutique outfit Crave.... More »

Cam World: Cam Star of Month BlazeFyre Loves to Be a Pleaser

Webcam model BlazeFyre certainly is looking forward to a fruitful 2017. She just moved into new digs this past month, and is eagerly anticipating another banner year as a Chaturbate web model. The naturally... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EXXXOTICA Denver

Mar 31 - Apr 02
Denver, CO.

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!