We are officially down two jurors in two days. Yesterday one was excused for a family emergency, today one decided to wander out front, take her badge off, have a smoke and watch the live news interviews. That was juror 9 and she has been sent packing.
Back to the showdown between Willmott and Horn. Willmott says it is possible to survive a gunshot wound to the frontal lobe. Horn sticks to his original story that when he reviewed his initial report he made some corrections. Horn maintains that the gun shot was last. JW ends her cross.
Martinez jumps up and runs toward Horn with a pen a pretends to stab him while shouting “That didn’t take long, did it?” Willmott objects saying, “Mr Martinez is standing next to the witness and yelling at him…and stabbing him!” Not nearly as good as Objection! Fairytale! Which will always remain the best objection made by any attorney in any case. Juan does very little redirect.Jury Questions!
Q1: Regardless of conversations that were had, is there anywhere in the autopsy report that can discern the time of injury and sequence they were sustained? Sequence of events is not speculated on in the autopsy report.
Q2: Would a wound to the stomach cause aspirations from nose and mouth? No
Q3: Would the presence of water alter the stippling around a gunshot wound? Yes but stippling would still be seen.
Q4: What was the first injury? No way to be sure.
Martinez on redirect asks if Horn believes gunshot was last. Yes. Willmott loves to ask to approach. Martinez is annoyed each time.
Break. All lawyers, Jodi, Travis’ sisters called into chambers. We’ve passed the 30 minute mark. Court reporter is in there too so whatever is happening is on the record. Tanisha is really struggling in court today. This family has been living in hell for so long. For their sake I hope it is over soon.
No idea what is going on. Everyone eventually came out. Then a five-minute recess was called. Juan too Travis’s sisters into side room. Jodi was taken to a holding cell. It’s a mystery. Maybe Jodi just went to pee. Nurmi and Jodi huddled at defense table. It is noted by observers that they are talking very closely with each other. Which never happens with these two. Juan back at his table with next witness looking over paperwork, seemingly preparing to move forward.
The jury is brought back in and reminded they are not allowed to discuss the case with each other or watch news reports. It seems strangely out of place.
Lots of tweets about the interactions between Jodi and Nurmi. Nurmi makes “strange hand gesture” Jodi nods knowingly. Everyone is tweeting about this interaction. They seem to all find it very significant. Where is Willmott?
Next witness finally takes the stand. It’s the Yreka police officer Mendez who investigated stolen gun from Jodi’s grandparents house . It’s the same caliber as the murder weapon. Mendez had Jodi under surveillance and eventually arrested her as she was loading boxes into a car. Martinez asked if Jodi had birth control on her when she was arrested. Defense objects. Sidebar.
Martinez continues to ask Mendez about the condoms in the suitcase. He also talks about her infamous smiling mugshot. She asked the photographer if her hair looked okay.
Next they discussed the rental car she rented 90 miles from her grandparents house.
Nurmi asks on cross about the hair comment. Mendez says “The whole thing was odd, including the photograph, but the hair comment was oddest.” Nurmi suggests this is a sign Jodi was mentally defective. Didn’t defense argue that Jodi was NOT mentally ill last time around? Nurmi asks if Jodi keeping receipts from her road trip would make her easy to track. He said yes.
Nurmi has a copy of Jodi’s driver’s license up on screen. Mendez says the driver’s license photo was taken in 2009 but then realizes Jodi was in jail then. Courtroom tweeters have no idea where Nurmi is going with this so neither does the jury, or us for that matter. It seems that Nurmi was trying to prove that Jodi changed her hair color all the time and it was not to disguise her appearance .
Martinez’s redirect about hair color and gas receipts seems so unimportant tweets have all but stopped. Juan is pointing out that Jodi filled gas cans to avoid leaving a paper trail in AZ. Premeditation.
Q1: Were any other receipts found? I don’t recall.
Jury is dismissed.