Investigators play Ken Bluew interview tape for jury
Ken Bluew talking with investigators.
Texts between Bluew and Webb.
Another text shown to the jury on Tuesday.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Testimony in the Ken Bluew murder trial has picked back up following four days of gripping statements by experts on the stand last week.
The major news from the courtroom last week was that DNA and fingerprint experts said the Jenny Webb crime scene contained blood and fingerprints belonging to Bluew.
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 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 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<<
The trial was off to a late start Tuesday due to a backlog caused by the Columbus Day holiday Monday. First on the stand was Michigan State Police Lt. Ron Crichton, a firearms examiner with the MSP crime lab. Crichton was asked to examine a charm from a necklace found at the crime scene. He testified that he couldn't "exclude" that the charm came from Jenny Webb's necklace.
The next witness was Lt. Jason Teddy, also with the MSP. He was one of the lead investigators in addition to Det. Sgt. Allan Ogg, who testified last week. Teddy also responded to the crime scene at North Outer Drive and Hack Road and said on the stand that it was important to interview Bluew. At the time, Teddy said he did not know about any evidence collected at the scene because the crime lab had not yet responded.
Teddy examined Webb's cell phone, and records showed three calls with Bluew on the night of Aug. 30. Teddy stated that there was a missed call on Bluew's phone from Officer Sylvester at 10:31 p.m. Teddy pulled up a series of text exchanges between Webb and Bluew. One of them showed Webb asking Bluew if he told his wife about the baby. The jury was shown that Webb's phone background photo was a sonogram image of the baby.
TV5's Liz Gelardi tweeted that the jury was being shown a 2-hour video interview with Bluew on Webb's death. On that interview, Bluew told investigators "Oh s___, I know this girl" when he pulled Webb's ID out of her purse. Bluew told detectives he took photos of the scene, grabbed the purse and entered through Webb's passenger-side front door. Teddy asked Bluew, "Once you saw the ID, that's when you realized you knew the person?" There was then a long pause on the tape.
During the taped interview, Bluew was asked by investigators how often he spoke with Webb. He answered that it varied, once or twice per day, to once or twice per week. On the tape, Bluew said it was Webb's regular car at the scene, but he didn't recognize it at the time. On the interview tape, Teddy asks, "What did she tell you about the baby's daddy?" Bluew answers, "She didn't mention anything about it."
Gelardi tweeted that there were many long pauses during the interview. She also stated that the courtroom was dead silent as everyone listened. In the interview, Bluew was quick to answer when asked about a possible relationship with Webb. He replied to investigators,"There was no relationship, man." Police investigators pressed Bluew, stating, "Sounds like you knew her pretty well, how did you not recognize her?" Police asked Bluew the question a second time, to which he responded, "I just went into cop mode."
Investigators also asked Bluew about his injured eye. He responded that he was wrestling around with his dog. In previous testimony, an officer who ate dinner with Bluew the night Jenny Webb was found dead with an extension cord around her neck said Bluew's eye was fine.
During the interview, investigators asked if Bluew answered any police calls earlier in the night. Bleuw said he responded to one or two, but can't remember where. Authorities asked Bluew if the suicide note found at the scene was protected for prints. Bluew said "I may have touched the corner." Earlier testimony shows Bluew's finger prints on the suicide note 14 times.
Investigators asked if there was any way Bluew could have been the father of the child. Bluew responded, "None, I never slept with her." He continued on the tape, stating, "I am not the father of the child, I never had sex with her." State Police investigators continued to press Bluew on how he didn't recognize Webb at the scene. Bluew told them, "What you got is what I got." He also told investigators, "Subconsciously, did I recognize her? I can't say I didn't."
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we cover the Ken Bluew murder trial. We will update this story with testimony as it happens live from the courtroom.
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