5:15pm Update: Adjournment
AUSA T. Patrick Martin had his day in court today and he seemed to have brought his “A Game.”
Martin’s cross of Najam brought into question the doctor’s experience outside a controlled clinical setting. We also learned that this was Najam’s very first time being qualified as an expert and testifying as one.
Full day’s wrap comes ASAP. We’re going for thorough again.
Shall we say 8-ish?
Dr. Farzad Najam testified that as a result of the 7/8 inch slit that perforated Robert’s aorta, it would lead to cardiac tamponade within 5-10 seconds.
Then in turn, leading to unconsciousness within three minutes because of lack of oxygen to the brain, in other words, neurological death.
Schertler is trying to get Najam to rebut Goslinoski’s expert opinion on how long it would take for Robert to lose consciousness, and the prosecution objected on Rule 16 grounds again.
Judge Leibovitz may rule on that objection after the trial reconvenes after a short break.
Earlier updates follow.
Packed courtroom today. The trial was supposed to convene at 2:00pm. There may have been confusion was over witness scheduling on the defense end perhaps.
The first witness called was DC EMT Tracey Weaver. Her appearance seemed to surprise the prosecution, and they did not have the file / paperwork for her they needed on site.
Weaver was questioned about treatment of Robert while in ambulance. She hooked up and EKG, and checked his vitals. He had P.E.A. She tried to adminster two injections at the arm and her partner, Jeff Baker, did one into the neck. They were not able to tap any veins. None of the injections were successful.
The government’s cross was delayed so the defense called Dr. Najam in her place. Weaver will return to the stand after the cardiologist.
It was noted that Najam’s experience regarding wounds like Robert’s this involved a single lecture at Kings College in Lahore, Pakistan; the subject being thorasic trauma.
The defense tried to get him admitted as an expert in all the operations of the heart and P.E.A. The government objected to the P.E.A. due to Rule 16 grounds. A bench conference ensued and the objection was sustained. Leibovitz noted that Najam was clearly an expert but Rule 16 held the day.
During Najam’s direct, Kirschner was furiously studying the radio call sheets. Najam admitted he saw all the case evidence but said, “I’m not used to seeing the heart taken apart like this. I am not a forensic pathologist.”
More later at the next break.
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
For those who’d like a bio on Dr. Najam, follow this link to his professional profile of his background and position at George Washington University: Farzad Najam, MD.
Update 10:00AM: News Flash
Word just came in from the courthouse that Judge Leibovitz will gavel in at 1:30pm this afternoon. Perhaps to accommodate a late arrival from Dr. Najam from London.
Today’s proceedings at Moultrie are scheduled to start at 10:30AM. Judge Leibovitz proposed a later start time to accommodate the noon-time arrival of defense witness Dr. Najam, a cardiologist who is expected to testify that Robert Wone was incapacitated instantly by the stabbing wound that severed his aorta.
To make use of the morning, the judge will hear arguments to permit the return of Doug Deedrick, as a rebuttal witness for the prosecution. Yesterday, prosecutors divulged that after Petraco’s testimony last week, Deedrick re-examined his photos for fiber analysis and has additional photos that would reinforce his position. The defense team objected to allowing Deedrick back on the stand, but the judge stated that as a rebuttal witness for the prosecution, she would hear arguments to consider allowing him to testify again.
By all indicators, the defense is wrapping up its case, giving no notice of any other witnesses after Dr. Najam’s testimony. The government stated it may have 2-3 witnesses more, depending on that testimony. Closing arguments may be heard very soon. Stay tuned throughout the day for updates.