Volume 79, Number 01 | June 10 - 16, 2009
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Soho bouncer is found guilty of murder in St. Guillen case

By Albert Amateau

A Brooklyn jury of seven men and seven women last week found Darryl Littlejohn guilty of first-degree murder for killing Imette St. Guillen, 24, a John Jay College student, after abducting her from a Soho bar on Feb. 25, 2006.

The June 3 verdict came after less than seven hours of deliberation at the end of a trial in which a young woman testified about being kidnapped and molested by Littlejohn in Queens several months before the St. Guillen murder. Littlejohn, 44, is currently serving 25 years to life after having been convicted of the Queens offense.

Lawyers for Littlejohn indicated they would appeal the St. Guillen murder conviction on the grounds that the testimony of a previous victim should not have been allowed in the trial.

Littlejohn had been employed as a bouncer at The Falls, at 218 Lafayette St., where St. Guillen was last seen alive. Her bound and gagged body was found in the wetlands off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. DNA evidence on the blanket the victim was wrapped in was crucial in the conviction.

Daniel Dorrian, 36, manager of The Falls at the time of the incident, also testified and acknowledged that he failed to tell police that he had ordered Littlejohn to help St. Guillen out of the bar. Dorrian’s family also owns Dorrian’s Red Hand on E. 84th St., where Robert Chambers, convicted in the 1986 “Preppie Murder” case, met his victim. The Falls went out of business shortly after the St. Guillen murder.

Littlejohn is scheduled to be sentenced July 8.

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