Prosecutors: Headley called lawyer 11 days after girlfriend's murder

 Leroy Headley
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Published: May. 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM EDT
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We have new information about the man who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend in South Burlington earlier this month.

Court paperwork shows that South Burlington Police were tipped off to Leroy Headley's whereabouts by his lawyer. Police say Headley called Rich Goldsborough on May 14, that's 11 days after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Anako "Annette" Lumumba in their South Burlington home.

According to the court documents, during the conversation, Headley told Goldsborough that he was in New York and using someone else's phone to make the call.

But it's what happened next that has legal experts puzzled-- Goldsborough reported the phone call to Chittenden County Deputy State's Attorney Justin Jiron. Jiron then contacted police, who then spoke with Goldsborough about the conversation.

Legal expert Jerry O'Neill told WCAX News it is very unusual for a lawyer to share information about their client's whereabouts with law enforcement.

"You want to have people feel like they can talk to their lawyer in confidence. Otherwise, they are not going to talk to someone in confidence and are not going to get the advice they should have. The benefit in the situation like this-- client calls lawyer, lawyer can say to client: turn yourself in, it's the right thing to do," O'Neill said.

According to court paperwork, Goldsborough did advise Headley to turn himself in but that has not happened.

Last Friday, police found Headley's car in Albany, New York. However, they say there's still no sign of Headley. Investigators are still combing through his car for evidence.

O'Neill says lawyers are not obligated to report any contact with a fugitive client unless it will prevent a serious crime, like death or harm to another person. It is unclear if that was the case with Headley.

We reached out to Goldsborough for comment but had not yet heard back when this story was published.