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Alexander Letkemann

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"It made small cracking noises, like ...
www.thenewsherald.com, 13 April 2008 [cached]
"It made small cracking noises, like a bunch of small twigs being broken," Alexander Letkemann testified.
The sound he was describing was what he heard as Sorenson's head was being cut off with a hacksaw.
Letkemann testified in court against his friend, Jean Pierre Orlewicz, who is on trial for killing and dismembering Sorenson, 26, of River Rouge.
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Letkemann, 18, of Westland, was charged with the same crimes, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in exchange for testifying against Orlewicz.
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It was inside Orlewicz's grandfather's garage where the teenager, a senior at Canton High School, slit Sorensen's throat and repeatedly stabbed him in the back with a knife, Letkemann testified.
Using a hacksaw, Orlewicz cut Sorensen's head off before using a blowtorch to burn Sorensen's hands and feet, presumably to try to conceal his identity, Letkemann said.
Sorensen's torso was then wrapped in a plastic tarp and dumped in a Northville Township field, where Orlewicz set it on fire, Letkemann said.
The next day, Sorensen's head was tossed into the Rouge River in the Helm's Haven section of Hines Park in Dearborn Heights.
Still, Alexander Letkemann says ...
www.detnews.com, 10 April 2008 [cached]
Still, Alexander Letkemann says he completed the job: being there for a friend as he stabbed, mocked and decapitated a man.
After all, he owed the killer $100 and this was his repayment, Letkemann said during a graphic day of testimony Wednesday that caused weeping in Wayne Circuit Court and one juror to tear up.
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"It made small cracking noises, like a bunch of small twigs being broken," said Letkemann, 18, who had testified that he looked away when Orlewicz started sawing at the man's neck.
Letkemann, a former Livonia Churchill High School student, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week.He testified under a plea deal to save him from spending his life in prison.That's what Orlewicz, an 18-year-old Canton High School student, faces for the first-degree murder charge in the trial that began Monday.
Prosecutors have called the case a "thrill killing."Letkemann provided clues to the motive, saying Orlewicz was angry at Sorensen because he hadn't repaid a $400 debt or returned a .38 caliber revolver.
Orlewicz lured Sorensen into the Canton Township garage of Orlewicz's grandfather on the ruse they were going to extort $3,000 from another teen, Letkemann said.
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He's going to win," Letkemann said.He said he grabbed a knife, but froze until Orlewicz finished the job.
"Just let it take over," Orlewicz told the dying man, according to Letkemann.
When Orlewicz was done, he began cutting the head, prompting Letkemann to leave the garage for the first of two breaks.When he returned, Orlewicz was holding Sorensen's head and "moved the jaw up and down saying, 'How's it going, Alex?' like mimicking Dan was saying it," according to testimony.
"I shuddered and turned away," Letkemann said.
Still, he watched Orlewicz begin obliterating the man's fingertips with a blowtorch.
Letkemann said it was tough to watch.He drank a pint of whiskey and some wine beforehand to steel his nerves.He ducked out a few times.But he kept returning to help clean up the mess.Letkemann said he had agreed a few days earlier to clean up the slaying and dump the torso that Orlewicz set ablaze in a vacant Northville Township lot.
The next day, he said, he answered Orlewicz's call and went with him to a secluded area of Hines Park to dump the head that Orlewicz kept in a Tupperware-like container.
Why would Letkemann do such a thing, Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran asked.
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"Because I didn't have the money to pay him back, and I made a seriously bad judgment," said Letkemann, who frequently closed his eyes and paused while testifying.
Still, Letkemann said he considers himself a "nonviolent music lover" and "beatnik."
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Alexander Letkemann testifies the hacksaw held by Prosecutor Robert Moran looks like the one used. (Donna Terek / The Detroit News)
Alexander Letkemann, 19, led ...
www.pressandguide.com, 3 May 2009 [cached]
Alexander Letkemann, 19, led police to where Sorenson's head had been dumped. Though he wasn't involved in the killing, Letkemann said he helped with cleaning up after the death because he owed $100 to Orlewicz, who agreed to forgive the debt for his assistance.
Letkemann pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a 20- to 30- year prison sentence.
These are the events described to ...
www.freep.com, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
These are the events described to police by Alexander Letkemann, one of two suspects accused in connection with the Nov. 7 stabbing and beheading of 26-year-old Daniel Sorensen of River Rouge.
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Judge Michael Gerou of 35th District Court in Plymouth found probable cause Friday to send Letkemann and Jean Pierre Orlewicz, 17, to trial on first-degree murder charges.
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Letkemann, 18, of Westland wrote an eight-page statement to police and gave a videotaped statement, which was played during a daylong preliminary examination before Gerou.
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Letkemann told investigators that Orlewicz, known to friends as J.P., lured Sorensen to Orlewicz's grandfather's garage in Canton Township before stabbing him from behind.
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"J.P. shut the door behind and just went and did it," Letkemann told police."I couldn't even react.It knocked the wind out of me."
Letkemann said Orlewicz stripped Sorensen down to his underwear and cut his head off with a saw.
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Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran said that Letkemann twice met Orlewicz at Orlewicz's grandfather's Canton home: On Nov. 6 and again Nov. 7 when the killing occurred.
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On the first day, Letkemann told police, Orlewicz abandoned the plan.
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Letkemann told police that Orlewicz laid out items as part of the killing plan in the garage including, tarps, bottles of Drano, latex gloves and garbage bags.
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Canton Township Detective Michael Steckel testified that Letkemann led police to Sorensen's head in the Rouge River in Hines Park.
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In a subsequent videotaped statement, Letkemann appeared eager to tell his version of events.
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At the end of the statement, Letkemann asked for cigarettes.
These are the events described to ...
www.freep.com, 30 Nov 2007 [cached]
These are the events described to police by Alexander Letkemann, one of two suspects accused in connection with the Nov. 7 stabbing and beheading of 26-year-old Daniel Sorensen of River Rouge.
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Judge Michael Gerou of 35th District Court in Plymouth found probable cause today to send Letkemann and Jean Pierre Orlewicz, 17, to trial on first-degree murder charges.
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Letkemann, 18, of Westland wrote an eight-page statement to police and gave a videotaped statement, which was played during a daylong preliminary examination before Gerou.
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Letkemann told investigators that Orlewicz, known to friends as J.P., lured Sorensen to Orlewicz's grandfather's garage in Canton Township before stabbing him from behind.
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"J.P. shut the door behind and just went and did it," Letkemann told police."I couldn't even react.It knocked the wind out of me."
Letkemann said Orlewicz stripped Sorensen down to his underwear and cut his head off with a saw.
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Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran said that Letkemann twice met Orlewicz at Orlewicz's grandfather's Canton home: On Nov. 6 and again Nov. 7 when the killing occurred.
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On the first day, Letkemann told police, Orlewicz abandoned the plan.
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Letkemann told police that Orlewicz laid out items as part of the killing plan in the garage including, tarps, bottles of Drano, latex gloves and garbage bags.
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Canton Township Detective Michael Steckel testified that Letkemann led police to Sorensen's head in the Rouge River in Hines Park.
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In a subsequent videotaped statement, Letkemann appeared eager to tell his version of events.
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At the end of the statement, Letkemann asked for cigarettes.
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