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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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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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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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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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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