Christopher McCowen goes on trial Monday for murder, rape and robbery of Christa Worthington

Garbage collector tried in death of Cape Cod writer Christa Worthington

Country's foremost expert on false confessions to testify

When Christa Worthington, a fashion writer from a wealthy Cape Cod family, was murdered in her seaside cottage four years ago, there was no shortage of suspects.

There was the married man who fathered Worthington's toddler and then fought with her over paternity and child support. There was the neighbor, an emotionally fragile children's book author, whom she had dated and cast off. There was her father, a 73-year-old former prosecutor, who earned her enmity by dating an ex-prostitute and drug addict half his age.

But in a trial set to begin Monday, prosecutors will assert that, in the end, Worthington's murder was unrelated to her character or choice of lovers or family disputes. Ultimately, prosecutors are expected to tell jurors, the only role Worthington played in her own death was paying a disposal company to pick up her trash each week...


The man who collected the garbage bags from Worthington's driveway, Christopher McCowen, 34, is accused of murder, aggravated rape and armed burglary. If convicted by a jury in Barnstable Superior Court, he faces a sentence of life in prison without parole...

The CourtTV story goes on at length to describe in gruesome and explicit details the long, sad story of this four year investigation. 

Opening statements of the trial in Barnstable may begin as early as Wednesday and last about three weeks if McCowen's motions for a change of venue are denied.

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