The defense in the Kate Steinle murder trial filed a motion to strike the testimony of a key prosecution witness. ABC7 News reported on Monday that a former crime scene investigator with the San Francisco Police Department was being sued for lying in another unrelated case where the defendant was wrongfully convicted.
In the Steinle case, John Evans was brought in because of his experience in ballistic and firearms investigations. Evans testified that the defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate pointed the gun in the direction of Steine, pulled the trigger, and killed her. The prosecution asked him why and Evans responded, “It’s the only reasonable explanation.”
But lawyers in a completely different case will be in federal court in Oakland to argue that Evans and other SFPD officers violated their client’s constitutional rights. The case involves a man
HACKENSACK — The cellphone records of a Wood-Ridge resident who is charged with murder in the death of a 70-year-old East Rutherford woman were the main focus of testimony as the trial of Daniel Rochat resumed Tuesday after a week off.
Rochat is accused of beating to death Barbara Vernieri in her East Rutherford home in September 2012 before setting her on fire.
Lt. James McMorrow returned to the witness stand Tuesday to answer defense attorney Jim Doyle’s questions about the investigation and the arrest.
After a discussion of the execution of the arrest warrant and why officers waited until nearly 10 p.m. to make the arrest, Rochat’s cellphone records were the main focus of much of the morning.
Testimony began Tuesday at the Miller County courthouse in the trial of a man accused of capital murder in connection with a drug-related robbery.
Justin Damone Johnson, 29, faces life without parole if found guilty of capital murder in the November 19, 2015, shooting death of 22-year-old Trevon Staten. Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Black told the jury in opening statements Tuesday morning that while Justin Johnson may not have fired the bullet that killed Staten, he was a key participant in the robbery that led to Staten’s death and therefore just as culpable.
Texarkana defense attorney Jeff Harrelson told the jury the central issue in the case is identity, whether Justin Johnson is the person two eyewitnesses pointed out in court Tuesday as among a group of men who stormed into Staten’s home at the Beacon Point Apartments in Texarkana, Ark., shortly before midnight.
Sherlysa Gulley, the mother of Staten’s 1- and 3-year-old children,