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July 19, 2013

Pollard's girlfriend testifies

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The individuals who got out of each vehicle approached Cinema X and stayed for just seconds before returning to their vehicles and leaving, McAndrew said.

But the downtown camera’s angle meant officers could not see what the individuals did when they approached the theater, whether they opened the front door, tried opening it, rang the doorbell or did nothing.

Debbie Wiesler, whose family owns Cinema X and two similar businesses in other cities, told jurors she fully trusted McDaniel, describing him as “a good, hard worker.” Her parents, she said, viewed him as a member of the family.

The arrangements left McDaniel largely unsupervised. Wiesler said her family would visit to check on operations only a handful of times per year because they trusted him to run the business.

But the defense focused on the interaction between the business owners and McDaniel. Cook questioned whether Wiesler could have had knowledge of specific items Pollard allegedly stole from the theater. Prosecutors have said the pornographic items found at the Promise Center and in Pollard’s backpack are consistent with those seen at Cinema X.

The defense also raised questions about how well the family actually knew McDaniel.

“Kenny kept his private life to himself, is that fair to say?” Cook asked. Wiesler agreed. “So although you considered him to be like family there was a lot you didn’t know?”

Again, Wiesler said yes.

Testimony will resume at 9 a.m. today.

Matt Milner contributed to this article.

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