Baton Rouge man admits having sex with prostitute on the night of her death, denies strangling her _lowres

Advocate file photo by Brenden Neville Kevin Broadway(center), arrested in connection with murder, is escorted from the State Police Headquarters by detective Kwouska Lee(right) and sgt. Chris Johnson(left) on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Baton Rouge.

Kevin Broadway, who served time for a 1997 strangulation death, admitted to detectives that he had sex with a Baton Rouge prostitute the night she was found strangled to death in 2011 but denied killing her, according to a videotaped police interrogation played Tuesday at his second-degree murder trial.

Kristin Lynn Granier, 30, was discovered face up and partially clothed next to a dumpster at a Motel 6 near Airline Highway and Interstate 12 on Sept. 22, 2011. A shoelace still attached to a white tennis shoe was tied around her neck.

In the Oct. 3, 2011, interrogation, Baton Rouge police Lt. Chris Johnson tells Broadway, 42, that Granier was discarded like “another piece of trash.”

“You should have had the decency to put her in another location,” Johnson told Broadway.

“Who? Me?” Broadway replied.

“Yes, you,” the detective said. “Every indication is that you are the person that hurt her.”

“I’m not,” Broadway answered.

“You’re the person that put her body there,” the detective persisted.

“I’m not,” Broadway said again.

“We’re not asking you if you did that; we’re telling you, you did that,” Johnson demanded.

“I didn’t,” Broadway responded.

Earlier in his opening statement to the jury, East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney David deBlieux said Broadway’s DNA was found inside Granier’s body and on the shoelace tied around her neck.

“It’s a terrible way to die, and this man did it to her,” the prosecutor said.

Broadway faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged. The trial will resume Wednesday in state District Judge Mike Erwin’s courtroom.

In his interrogation, Broadway admitted having sex with Granier in the parking lot of a different hotel after picking her up on Florida Boulevard in his girlfriend’s car but told police she was alive when he left her. He also said he went to the Motel 6 on Gwenadele Avenue, the scene of the crime, “a lot.”

DeBlieux said surveillance video from that hotel captured a car — believed to be the one Broadway was driving — “creeping around” the hotel parking lot twice with its headlights off. Those lights then briefly flipped on and off to illuminate the dumpster before the car left the parking lot, again with its lights off, he said.

Detective Jim Verlander testified the car circled the parking lot shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2011, but he could not identify the driver on the video.

DeBlieux showed the jury graphic crime scene photographs of Granier and the shoelace “dug in” to her neck.

Broadway’s attorney, James Rothkamm, acknowledged that Granier’s death is a sad story but told the jury the state cannot prove Broadway killed her.

“It’s not my job to prove who did it,” he said.

DeBlieux argued that strangulation deaths are rare and noted that Broadway pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the December 1997 strangulation of Tammy Smith, 33, of Albany. Broadway was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1999.

Smith’s body was left in an abandoned house. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has said Broadway and Smith, also a prostitute, were having sex when Broadway choked her to death.

While probing Smith’s death, detectives alleged that Broadway also had broken into another woman’s home in October 1997 and attacked her. Broadway choked the woman until she passed out and then fled the house. The woman survived.

DeBlieux said after court the charge stemming from that incident was dismissed after Broadway’s manslaughter plea.