Day seven of testimony in the Ken Bluew murder trial has ended in Saginaw.
The 37-year-old suspended Buena Vista Township police officer is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 32-year-old Jenny Webb, a pregnant woman who was found strangled to death near a police shooting range on Aug. 30, 2011.
The prosecution says the baby boy Webb was eight months pregnant with was Bluew's child.
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.
>>For more details into the Ken Bluew murder trial, read the testimony summaries linked on the left of this page<<
Michigan State Police computer experts testified about what they found on police-owned computers in Ken Bluew's patrol car, as well as results of Internet searches done on computers owned by Ken Bluew.
The State Police Computer Crimes unit member Colleen Auer-Lemke said during testimony that they found Internet search history on ways to commit suicide and different methods to do so. The searches were done between July 1 and Aug. 23.
On Wednesday, Michigan State forensics lab member Valerie Bowman also took the stand to testify about the way evidence was collected at the scene.
She described items found at the scene, such as item L1, a pair of silver flip flops, item L3, a blood stain on the road, item L4, a silver piece of jewelry and item L5, a Winston brand cigarette butt. Winston cigarettes are the brand Bluew smoked at the time.
According to Bowman's testimony, there were several spots where blood was found inside Webb's car, such as on the gear shift. An earring with a blood stain was also found in the car. Gelardi reported via Twitter that several jurors were taking notes as a lot of information was being revealed during testimony. Bowman showed a picture of the Aztec's steering wheel to jurors which had a blood stain as well. All of the blood was swabbed and sent off to the MSP Lansing crime lab for DNA testing.
State Police testified that the lab also processed Buena Vista Township Police car No. 9, Bluew's patrol car. Bowman said a box of green disposable exam gloves were found in the trunk of Bluew's patrol car. Bowman said blood stains were found on both the steering wheel of Bluew's patrol car and the driver's side door. A small amount of blood was also discovered on the police radio microphone.
Bowman said a blood stain was also found on Bluew's police body armor vest. Bowman said the blood stain found on the body armor was actually found on the word "Police" printed on the vest. Bowman testified that nine areas of blood were found on Bluew's uniform pants, and blood was also found on his black police T-shirt.
As testimony picked up Thursday, Bowman was back on the stand where she began handling evidence in the case. She pulled out a blood-stained shirt and pair of pants that belong to Bluew. The defense began their cross-examination of Bowman and asked about "touch" DNA - whether it was possible to leave behind DNA while wearing gloves. Bowman stated that it was possible.
Defense attorney Rod O'Farrell focused on the exam glove found at the scene in his cross-examination. A photograph of the glove is in front of the jury. O'Farrell said there appeared to be a substance on the glove.
Following a lunch recess, testimony resumed with Bowman back on the stand where she was questioned again by O'Farrell about the photos of Webb's car. O'Farrell also asked about the finger tip of a glove found with the clothes -- he wanted to know where it came from. Bowman said on the stand that she takes multiple steps to avoid any evidence contamination.
The next witness to testify Thursday afternoon was Lisa Ramos, with the Michigan State Police DNA lab. Ramos spoke about how she examined DNA in the lab, and how she conducted tests to determine paternity. Ramos said that her test results were consistent that Ken Bluew was the baby's father.
Ramos continued on the stand and stated that a stain from Webb's right flip flop matched Ken Bluew's DNA profile. Ramos pointed out that a blood stain on Hack Road matched Webb's DNA and that swabs under her fingernails matched Bluew's DNA. Ramos said the blood on Webb's shirt, pants and bra all matched Bluew's DNA profile. The tip of an exam glove also matched Bluew's DNA.
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Monday, July 28 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:29:03 GMT
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