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July 19, 2013

Pollard's girlfriend testifies


Police Chief Tom McAndrew (a lieutenant at the time of the murder), said he located Pollard sitting on a bench outside Ottumwa Regional Health Center clinics the morning of March 15, 2012. A backpack was sitting underneath the bench, he said.

“When I walked toward the backpack, he became very anxious about me picking it up,” McAndrew said. “He said I could not search the backpack.”

But after a search warrant was obtained, McAndrew discovered pornographic magazines inside the backpack, the majority of which were consistent with those found at Cinema X.

Collins’ mother, Dixie Day, also took the stand to read a letter she had received from Pollard while he was incarcerated.

Prosecutor Brown prepared jurors for the letter during opening statements, saying Pollard described killing McDaniel in the letter.

During testimony Thursday, Harris also showed the jury one of the two pairs of pants McDaniel was wearing at the time of his death, where a white stain could be seen near the fly, which was unzipped when the body was found.

“We could have [conducted a sexual assault kit], but we had no evidence of any kind of sexual assault occurring,” Harris said.

But, defense attorney Allen Cook asked Harris, didn’t Pollard tell you that McDaniel was trying to sexually accost him?

“The only thing Bruce Pollard told me was that Kenneth McDaniel sat next to him and he felt something on his leg,” Harris said.

Pollard told investigators that the door to the theater was locked when he was trying to escape from McDaniel.

On March 1, 2012, a young male told Ottumwa police that someone outside Cinema X had tried to lure him into the theater. But, Vose said, the description the boy gave did not match that of McDaniel.

Downtown video footage also shows two vehicles pulling up to Cinema X following the murder: a silver car two hours after Pollard was seen leaving the theater on March 11, 2012, and a white pick-up truck the next day.

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