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
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
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.
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.
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