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Sister of victim in 1996 Baltimore County homicide sues police for access to investigative files.

The twin sister of a woman shot and killed in a Towson parking lot is suing Baltimore County police for access to investigative files in the 1996 case, which is still unsolved.

In a lawsuit filed in Baltimore County, Jennifer Carrieri of Easton says the department previously denied her request under the Maryland Public Information Act for records related to the investigation of her sister Jody LeCornu's homicide.

LeCornu, 23, was found fatally shot in her car in the parking lot of a York Road shopping center in March 1996.

Police say that LeCornu had spent the evening with friends at the Mt. Washington Tavern the night she was killed. Later, in the middle of the night, she was sitting alone in her car in the parking lot of what is now the Drumcastle Government Center when someone approached and shot her once.

Detectives have pursued theories that the killing was a drug deal gone bad or a robbery, but have made no arrests in the case.

Carrieri had sought documents and information, including officers' notes and reports, transcripts and tapes of interviews, crime lab reports, surveillance footage, and police correspondence about the case.

"In the 20 years since the murder of her twin sister, the plaintiff has tirelessly and unceasingly attempted to find answers as to the circumstances of the murder, the reason, if any, for it and the identity of the murderer," the lawsuit states. "Despite her best efforts and the assistance of friends, acquaintances and others, she has achieved no success."

The lawsuit, filed in October, seeks for a judge to order the police to allow Carrieri access to the records.

A spokesman for the department said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

Carrieri said she filed the lawsuit because she believes the records contain information that could help find her sister's killer.

"I feel that the case can be solved, I really do," she said.

She said she has lost trust in the county police department and believes they haven't followed up on leads.

"I don't believe anything they tell me anymore," she said.

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