Alexander Letkemann, Writer, Lame Radio

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Alexander Letkemann, 19, led ...

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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.


The prosecution's star witness, 18-year-old ...

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The prosecution's star witness, 18-year-old Alexander Letkemann of Westland, gave a different reason.

He testified that Orlewicz wanted Sorenson dead because he was upset with him because he hadn't repaid a $400 debt or returned a .38-caliber revolver.
Once charged with the same crimes as Orlewicz, Letkemann agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against his friend.
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Letkemann 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 will be sentenced Wednesday to 20 to 30 years in prison.


"It made small cracking noises, like ...

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"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 ...

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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)


Still, Alexander Letkemann says ...

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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.
...
"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.
...
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)

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