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Authorities: Want Assurances Prints Belong To Kennedy’s Cousins

February 21, 1985

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ None of the fingerprints in the hotel room where David Kennedy died match the prints of Caroline Kennedy and Sydney Lawford McKelvy provided by a family lawyer, but police want to fingerprint the Kennedy cousins themselves, according to a sworn statement.

Palm Beach Assistant State Attorney Pablo Perhacs said he is trying to arrange for Miss Kennedy and Mrs. McKelvy to be fingerprinted by local authorities, but he would settle for an assurance that the prints already available were taken by an acceptable agency.

Kennedy family lawyer Herbert Miller said he had arranged the taking of those prints.

″Number one, those prints that the police department has are (Miss Kennedy’s and Mrs. McKelvy’s) prints,″ Miller said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his home in Trenton, N.J. ″I personally arranged to have them taken. Number two, those prints don’t match any taken anywhere in that room.″

Police Chief Joseph Terlizzese agreed with the second part of Miller’s contention in earlier pre-trial statements taken in the case of two bellhops charged with selling cocaine to Kennedy before his drug-induced death April 25 at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach.

But police fingerpring technician Edgar Burroughs said in a sworn statement Wednesday that Terlizzese has inquired about the possibility of having the two Kennedy cousins return to Palm Beach for a personal fingerprinting session.

Miss Kennedy has said in earlier statements that she and Mrs. McKelvy visited the hotel just before Kennedy’s body was found, but did not visit his room.

Burroughs also said Wednesday that the fingerprints lifted from the room didn’t match those of Peter Marchant and David Dorr, the two men charged with selling cocaine to Kennedy. He added that seven of the fingerprints found in the room haven’t been identified.

Marchant, 24, of Warwick, R.I., and Dorr, 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass., have been charged with selling cocaine and conspiracy to sell cocaine.

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