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July 19, 2013

Pollard's girlfriend testifies


The light blue T-shirt also had what appeared to be blood stains on it, which, if it had been worn under the polo shirt, the stains would correspond with those on the polo, Vose said.

And during a search of Pollard’s cellphone, a photograph, taken by Pollard in February 2012, was found. In the photo, he is wearing a dark blue, striped polo with a light blue shirt underneath.

When he walked in the night of March 11, 2012, Collins said Pollard had cuts on his head, though they didn’t go to the hospital until the next day, where it was determined that he had a concussion. In the following days, Pollard suffered from two seizures.

It was unusual for Pollard to get into a fight, she said, though she knew he carried weapons because he was afraid of a local man. He preferred to avoid confrontation by walking away, she said.

On March 13, 2012, the day McDaniel’s body was found, Pollard called Collins, asking her to pick him up from the Promise Center. But she found him near Cinema X, she said, talking to Ottumwa Officer Jeff Williams.

“He said they weren’t releasing anything to the public,” she said Pollard told her when he got into her van.

Two days later, on March 15, 2012, Collins was interviewed by Ottumwa police, the same day a search warrant was conducted at her home and the same day Pollard was arrested.

But that morning, Pollard had met with a counselor, she said, and had been trying to get in to see a mental health doctor for months. Prior to March 11, 2012, Pollard had been hospitalized in Des Moines for “mental health issues,” said defense attorney Natasha O’Hollearn.

He suffered from nightmares and would wake up in a panic, Collins said, though he didn’t like talking about them.

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