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November 1, 2013

Attorneys face off over key testimony

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But Brown most strongly reacted to Gardner, in a sense, telling the story he wanted the jury to hear. Brown repeatedly objected to what he called improper questions. For example, Gardner would say, “Did Mr. Tate tell you he was on guard duty at that time?” So in that case, Brown implied to the judge, the defense is telling the jury that Tate, a neighbor, may have been on guard duty, believed he was on guard duty, worked as a guard or may have, at some point, conducted some form of “guard duty.”

Brown and the judge said it was acceptable to say to the witness, “What did Mr. Tate tell you?” or “Did Mr. Tate tell you what he was doing at that time?”

After the judge, the defense and the prosecution spoke, Gardner changed course, asking about fingerprints.

The evidence on Thursday morning included video from Deputy Marty Wonderlin’s patrol car on the morning Lisa Caldwell Techel was shot. Seth Techel could be heard sobbing on and off through the tape.

After he heard a loud bang, he told the deputy, he jumps out of the shower, he said, grabs his handgun and runs down the hallway. Techel sobbed in the video that “I was going to kill whoever did this.”

Next on the video, a family member, one of the Caldwells, went into the house, then, a moment later, can be heard screaming. At another point, Seth, crying, sobbing, pauses and asks Wonderlin, "Can you call my work?"

Wonderlin declines and tells him, gently, that is not the priority right now.

The evidence shown in court Thursday revealed law enforcement officers grabbing heavier weapons from their cars. They then searched the property, looking for a potential assailant. As they searched, their patrol car video picked up their microphones a bit.

Gardner: “On the video, we hear someone say, ‘Crazy nut job.' Was that you or the other deputy that said that?”

Wonderlin: “I don't recall who said that.”

The trial is scheduled to continue today.

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

 

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