Adjourned until Tuesday morning. The cross and redirect of trace evidence expert Doug Deedrick continued for most of the afternoon.
Things took a more interesting turn late in the day when we saw MPD Detective Gail Russell-Brown retake the stand. But only for a minute before she was excused, for the second time this week.
What sent her packing? Evidentiary questions about her testimony on Defendant Joe Price’s brother Michael and his behavior at Robert’s August 7 funeral.
AUSA Glenn Kirschner also laid out his expectations on upcoming witnesses and the length of his case in chief. Hint: he may take a little longer than was once expected.
And for the legal beagles, plenty to come on Bruton, Crawford, Carpenter and Thomas.
Full wrap for the day hits around 7:00pm1:35pm Update
The day started with word that trace evidence expert Doug Deedrick did some homework last night. He’d sent the AUSA Rachel Carlson Lieber a number of articles on forensics by email. Carlson Lieber asked Judge Leibovitz for permission to open and read them. This brought an objection by Ward counsel David Schertler. He said they should be off limits.
Leibovitz ruled against Schertler and said, “I’m not going to insist that a witness not exist after they get off the stand…yes, (to Lieber) you may open it.”
The bulk of the morning session saw Schertler doing his best to discredit Deedrick’s work and his “rigged” testing. He hammered the expert on the scientific method and his failure to repeat results, possible confirmation bias, the dissimilarities between pork loin and human tissue, and the temperature and viscosity of the equine blood.
Schertler was trying to hit Deedrick on the risks of cross contamination on the physical evidence, right before Leibovitz called for a break at 12:25.
9:30am Update – The Long Weekend
The trial resumes at 11:00am this morning in room 310 of the Moultrie Courthouse.
Today’s session should wrap by 4:00pm.
It’s expected the session will see the continued cross examination of the government’s trace evidence expert, Douglas Deedrick.
Ward counsel David Schertler will pick up from where he left off yesterday and could be followed by his colleagues Robert Spagnoletti, Bernie Grimm or Tom Connolly.
Rhymes with Swann: All too often, one or more of the defense attorneys will mispronounce Robert’s name while questioning a witness or addressing Judge Leibovitz. Four years into this ordeal, they should fully know how the Wone name is pronounced.
Memorial Day: A year ago today, on the eve of the long Memorial Day weekend, the former presiding judge, Frederick Weisberg, set the trial date. That date was 50 weeks away, but it felt like a year.