A prosecutor has told a jury that a pregnant, Saginaw-area woman whose body was found with an extension cord around her neck "did not commit suicide."
Opening arguments were heard Tuesday and testimony continues today.
Suspended Buena Vista Township police officer Ken Bluew is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jenny Webb. Police said she was eight months pregnant -- allegedly with his baby boy -- when her body was found in August 2011.
TV5's Liz Gelardi was tweeting live from the courtroom and you can read those tweets in the box above.
Gelardi reports that there is standing room only in the courtroom, with overflow seating on the third floor of the Saginaw County Courthouse. Gelardi said family and friends of Jenny Webb, the pregnant woman who was found strangled to death near a police gun range last year, are wearing shirts with her picture on them.
Gelardi tweeted that during opening statements, prosecutors said Bluew didn't want to pay child support, didn't want his wife to know about the situation and he didn't want a baby.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Stroud said that Bluew killed Webb and tried to make the scene look like something it wasn't, which refers to claims of suicide. Stroud also said video surveillance on the night of Webb's death on Aug. 30 shows a car driving down Outer Drive, and then minutes later, a Buena Vista Twp. police car. The prosecutor said Central Dispatched couldn't reach Bluew for the next hour and 35 minutes.
Prosecutors said their case against Bluew will show evidence that Webb's blood, necklace and the type of cigarettes Bluew smoked were found at the end of Outer Drive. Prosecutors say when another officer showed up that night to find out why Bluew hadn't responded to Central Dispatch, the officer found Bluew's cruiser parked on Outer Drive with his headlights off. Webb's car was also parked on Outer Drive, and the two officers approached the car where they discovered her body hanging by a cord from her vehicle's roof rack. Stroud said Bluew went into Webb's car where he pulled out her purse and found an apparent suicide note.
Prosecutors said the responding officer, named Waterman, went through Webb's phone, where he had three phone contacts with Bluew the night of her death. Stroud said they will show the jury blood found on Webb's clothes and bra, which are a match to Bluew's DNA profile.
When the defense took over, Attorney Rod O'Farrell urged the jury not to jump to conclusions. O'Farrell told the jury that Webb had hoped Bluew would leave his wife. O'Farrell said that Webb was a young lady with conflicts, that she didn't act like anything bothered her but she had a lot on her mind. O'Farrell presented the jury with the idea that Jenny Webb committed suicide, and he stated that her family could not accept that.
O'Farrell told the jury that he believed the case against Bluew, his client, was not properly investigated.
The slideshow above is comprised of pictures of Webb submitted to TV5 by her family.
Stay with TV5 and WNEM.com as we cover the Bluew trial in the coming weeks.
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