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Prosecution Witness In Steinle Trial Blocked From Returning To Stand

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A key prosecution witness who defense attorneys have accused of credibility issues was prevented by a judge’s ruling from returning to the stand Monday in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in 2015.

Retired San Francisco crime scene investigator John Evans had been expected to testify again today in the trial of Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, a 45-year-old homeless Mexican citizen, as a rebuttal witness for prosecutors working to discredit defense expert testimony.

Evans’ previously testified in the trial that the bullet that struck Steinle in the back on July 1, 2015, traveled in a straight line despite ricocheting off the pier, and stated that “the only way this could have occurred that is reasonable” was if a person had pointed the gun at Steinle and pulled the trigger.

Defense attorneys, however, have argued that the shooting was

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Steinle Trial Defense Attorneys Question Credibility of Key Prosecution Witness

Defense attorneys for the man on trial for murder over the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle say allegations against a key prosecution witness in an unrelated case call his testimony and conclusions about Steinle’s death into question.

Retired San Francisco police crime scene investigator John Evans is expected to testify again in the Steinle case Monday as a prosecution rebuttal witness. He testified on Oct. 30 that “a human being held a firearm, pointed it in the direction of Ms. Steinle, pulled the trigger and fired, killing her.”

He added: “That is the only way this could have occurred, that is reasonable.”

Evans’ conclusion directly contradicts the argument by attorneys for defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s, who say their client found a gun wrapped in cloth on the pedestrian pier where Steinle was shot. The attorneys say the gun went off before Garcia Zarate knew what he was holding and

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Zarate prosecution witness blasted for role in earlier murder trial

A key witness in the prosecution of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate gave testimony in a prior case that an expert alleges was not only inaccurate but possibly improper.

John Evans, a former San Francisco Department crime scene investigator, testified that Garcia Zarate killed Kate Steinle. “A human being held the firearm, pointed it in the direction of Ms. Steinle, pulled the trigger and fired the weapon, killing Ms. Steinle. This is the only way it could have happened,” he said.

Former CSI investigator John Evans testifies in the Garcia Zarate case

A defense expert, Jim Norris, former director of the SF police lab, directly challenged that analysis.

But this isn’t the first time Norris has taken issue with Evans’ testimony. The crime lab chief, now a private forensic consultant, blasted the officer’s role in

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Prosecution builds murder case

NASHVILLE — Caleb Wardrett’s murder trial enters its second day today after opening Monday with a marathon day of testimony from the state’s witnesses.

Tuesday’s daylong session was marked by testimony from 10 people, including officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Mount Police Department, an N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office official and residents living on and around Carrol Avenue, where Wardrett is alleged to have fatally shot Anthony Howard. The day opened with testimony from one of the first people to discover Howard’s body and the car near which his body was found on Rick Boone Road on Dec. 24, 2015.

The man’s testimony was followed by testimony from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigator Rhonda Coyne. Coyne explained her investigation process during her testimony, including her extensive use of photos to document the scene. The jury silently examined each picture after each was discussed.

Detective Dean Woody of the

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Prosecution works on motive in Patterson trial

EDINBURG — During the nearly three years that she had been his personal banker, Rocio Perez had never seen Martin Knell Sr. without his wife.

But shortly after Thelma “Penny” Knell was admitted into hospice care due to ailing health, the then-95-year-old

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Defense, Prosecution Wrap In Murder Trial Of Estranged Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife will hear closing arguments Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense completed their arguments in the trial of Cid Torres.

Cid did not take the stand during his trial.

As for defense, they only put up one witness to defend his brother who testified that the two had drunk two bottles of tequila the night police claim Vilet Torrez disappeared.

Earlier, prosecutors presented witnesses to establish a motive for why they say Cid murdered his estranged wife. They said he was controlling, possessive and jealous and that Vilet was moving on.

“If she’s not with me, she will not be with anybody else,” friend Carlos Prada testified Cid told him before Vilet disappeared.

Prada says Cid also asked him repeatedly where the best place was to bury a body.

Pastor Rafael Nunez said Vilet called him after a

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Update: Prosecution rests in case against former Marksville deputy facing murder charge

MARKSVILLE — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former Marksville deputy marshal accused of murder in a shooting at the end of a pursuit in November 2015 that left a 6-year-old child dead, capping a long day of technical testimony from experts with chilling details from the child’s autopsy.

Following three days packed with nearly 30 prosecution witnesses, attorneys for Derrick Stafford will begin presenting their case to the jury Thursday morning. Speaking outside the Avoyelles Parish courthouse late Wednesday afternoon, defense attorney Christopher LaCour wouldn’t reveal to reporters whether the 33-year-old former Marksville Police Department lieutenant would take the stand.

Over the course of eight hours Wednesday several expert witnesses from Louisiana State Police pored over crime scene diagrams, displayed spent cartridge casings, discussed paint chips from the hood of one deputy’s car, and passed a bullet recovered from 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis’ body to the jurors.

Dr. Christopher Tape, a Broussard

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Fireworks Between Prosecution, Expert Witness Over Shooting Details In Van Note Trial

LEBANON, Mo. — Things got heated between the prosecution and an expert witness on day seven of the murder trial for Susan “Liz” Van Note, who is accused of murdering her father and his fiancée at Lake of the Ozarks in 2010.

The witness, John Wilson, a 31-year veteran of the Kansas City, Mo. regional crime lab, testified in the afternoon. He says when it comes to crime scene investigation, scientists tend to be more meticulous than patrol officers: they more thoroughly document and collect trace evidence, he argued.

Wilson has significant experience behind his claim: he has instructed classes in crime scene investigation for local police agencies.

The point of contention between Wilson and Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Zoellner was Wilson’s claim—based on bullet paths through the victims’ bodies—that the attacker was significantly taller than Liz Van Note.

In November of 2010, the defense requested Wilson investigate the scene of the Oct. 2, 2010

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