BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland man makes a new appeal, claiming he didn’t murder his travel companion in Aruba.
Adam May has new developments in the case.
A panel of three judges is expected to make a ruling Wednesday. In the meantime, police are reaching out for new leads.
The body of Frederick native Robyn Gardner is still missing. Her travel partner, Gary Giordano from Gaithersburg, remains locked up as a person of interest in her murder. He claims she disappeared snorkeling last month in Aruba, but police don’t buy his story. They just released a surveillance picture of a white car, hoping the driver says something that can help them unravel the mystery. It was taken before the couple was last seen walking together, before Giordano walked into a bar and called police.
“There obviously are some interesting facts leading up to the disappearance, but the problem is without a body, it’s hard to make a case like this. How do you prove it’s not accidental?” said defense attorney Roy Black.
That’s what Giordano claims. Monday, his attorneys filed an appeal to a court ruling that keeps him locked up for 60 days, and his family continues making pleas for his release on national TV shows, like NBC’s “Today Show.”
“The least I can do is stand up for my son and tell the world what they hear about him isn’t true. He is not a monster,” said Frank Giordano.
Evidence against Giordano includes his attempt to flee the island, blood on some rocks near the beach where the two may have snorkeled and a $1.5 million travel insurance policy Giordano tried to cash two days after the disappearance.
Legal experts say police need to focus their case.
“Part of the problem here is there are two different theories. Are they saying that he premeditated this and got the insurance policy and intended to kill her? Or did they have an argument because he got jealous and at the last minute, ended up killing her? The two of those are inconsistent,” Black said.
A few weeks ago, the FBI also searched Giordano’s home in Gaithersburg. They’re not saying what, if any, evidence was recovered.
Giordano lost two similar appeals last month.