Just over a year after he was arrested in the bizarre death of his mother, Rita Redford, Adam Raszynski was found not guilty by a Boulder jury.
But while that's good news for him, it concerns a Florida woman he was convicted of stalking several years ago.
As we've previously reported, the case against Raszynski -- laid out in an arrest affidavit on view below -- was as strange as any in recent memory.
Raszynski, whose aggravated stalking conviction came down in 2007, had been living with Redford at a home in Lafayette. On February 23 of last year, according to the affidavit, he called 911 and told the dispatcher that he'd been having an argument with his mom, who he claimed had been taking pills and yelling at him about a cushion for her car. He added that "the cushion was either in the back seat of her car or her drug-addicted mind."
At that point, the affidavit continues, Redford got on the phone and declared that Raszynski was bipolar and schizophrenic -- an assertion that prompted her son to yell, "She's lying, officer! No, I'm not!" He then said to Redford, "Mom, if I help you find the car cushion, could we stop this? The police have other things to do."
After more back-and-forths, the dispatcher asked Redford if she feared Raszynski might hurt her. She responded, "I don't know. I'm going to my room to lie down." The dispatcher said the two should separate.
That call ended shortly after Raszynski announced that he was under FBI surveillance. But another one followed, at which point Raszynski announced that he and Redford both had permits for medical marijuana. The dispatcher subsequently reminded him to stay away from his mother, noting that officers were on their way.
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This advice wasn't heeded, as was clear by yet another 911 call a few minutes later, during which Raszynski announced that his mom had shot him. How had he responded to that? "I stomped her neck, lady," he said. And indeed, when police arrived, Raszynski was bleeding from multiple wounds and his mother was lying dead on her back, with her feet toward the stairs near the front door. He told cops she'd come down the steps firing at him, so he "stomped her head."
The next day, officers interviewed Raszynski at the hospital, where he called his mom crazy and insisted that she needed the missing car seat "to buy drugs." He says he told her to go upstairs, and when she came down with a gun, he recalled saying, "Fine, go ahead and fucking shoot me." Which she did -- "about twenty times," by his estimate. A day later, he still couldn't believe that Redford would try to "fucking murder me" over a car cushion.
Subsequent investigation called into question Raszynski's description of Redford. The affidavit suggested that she feared for her life, felt like a prisoner in her own home and kept a cache of pills on hand in case she decided to commit suicide. The police had been to the home back in January, at which time Redford appeared "visibly distraught and frightened."
Cut to this month, when Raszynski finally went to trial over the incident. Over the course of a week, his attorneys argued that he'd killed his mother in self-defense -- and as the Boulder Daily Camera reported, the jury ultimately agreed, rejecting prosecutors' argument that Redford had been so disabled by being tossed down the stairs by her son that he didn't need to kill her, as well as testimony against him by his sister and father.
After the verdict was read, Raszynski tasted freedom for the first time in more than a year -- and that concerns Sarah Feb, whose daughter was the target of his obsessive attentions. The Camera notes that Raszynski was arrested twice for stalking the woman, with whom he'd attended high school. He received probation for these offenses, as well as an order to steer clear of her. Instead, circa July 2007, he was caught at her door, peering through a window. That earned him a third arrest, a conviction and more than a year in prison. Upon his release, he moved to Colorado with his mom, with fateful results.
"My daughter and I will be back to looking over our shoulders," Feb tells the Camera, adding that following news of Raszynski's exoneration, "we got in touch with our local police departments. We're all pretty scared right now."
Below, see a larger version of Raszynski's 2011 mug shot, the arrest affidavit, a Camera video from last year and an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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