What Evidence Led To Christine Paolilla's Arrest For Murdering Her Friends?

Including old photos and even the location of the bullets.

By Jaime Lutz

Texan Christine Paolilla killed two of her best friends, along with two of their acquaintances, with her boyfriend in 2003—but she wasn't arrested for their deaths until 2006, as Daryn Carp and John Thrasher talked about on the most recent episode of the Martinis & Murder podcast.

Here's the evidence that police used to finally track down the killers responsible for ending the lives of Rachael Koloroutis, Tiffany Rowell, Marcus Precella, and Adelbert Sanchez. The records in this piece were first obtained by Oxygen as part of an episode of Snapped focused on the killings.

Koloroutis's injuries

Koloroutis's attack was brutal, with an intensity that led police to believe that the killer must have been close to her. Her injuries included several shots around her crotch (Rowell was also shot in the crotch; the young men who were killed were not). When she survived the shooting, she was beaten to death.

Koloroutis's phone 

Because of the ferocity of Koloroutis's injuries, investigators initially looked into everyone who had talked to her in the last 48 hours before her attack. Paolilla hadn't talked to her in that time period—but she did talk to her within 72 hours of the attack. "To this day I often wondered what if we went back another twenty-four hours,” a police sergeant told Snapped.

This note

Koloroutis kept a photo of Christine Paolilla in her purse with this note by Paolilla on the back of it. "Damn we've had some crazy memories," it begins.

This photo of Paolilla (left) and Koloroutis 

It had initially been mislabeled in evidence, but investigators were later able to match it to Paolilla's driver's license.

The descriptions of the suspects by witnesses

Koloroutis's father paid to put composite sketches of the suspects up on billboards along freeways in Houston, reported ABC News. When Paolilla saw an image of the composite sketch, she ended up confessing to her part in the crime to her husband, according to The New York Post—whose testimony against Paolilla at the trial ended up playing a critical role.

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