Clementi Watched Roommates Twitter Feed
A computer analyst provided a glimpse into Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s final hours before he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, faces 15 criminal charges for allegedly using a Webcam to secretly spy on Clementi as he engaged in intimate contact with another man.
According to the expert witness, Clementi checked Ravi’s Twitter page 59 times over a 9-day period. Ravi had used Twitter to promote the live feed he was broadcasting of Clementi and his male companion. The prosecution hopes to leverage the testimony to show just how much Ravi’s actions weighed on Clementi’s mind before he took his life, which would help bolster the charge of bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The computer forensics expert, Gary Charydczak, mined the hard drives of Clementi, Ravi and Ravi’s friend Molly Wei, which revealed that Clementi had viewed and saved a couple of Ravi’s Tweets to his own hard drive the day before his suicide.
Charydczak also revealed that in the month leading to Clementi’s death, Ravi had conducted online searches of Clementi and had 20 AOL instant message conversations with friends regarding Clementi and his sexual orientation.
Further expert testimony is expected today.