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July 17, 2013

Murder scene, timeline detailed in Pollard trial



But diminished responsibility is not Pollard's primary defense, he said. He also alleges that Pollard was acting in self-defense, according to his statement that he was "sexually accosted" by McDaniel.

Six witnesses testified on Wednesday: Jim Williams, Cheryle McDaniel, Amanda Kilgore, Marlin Ray Hesse, Steve Harris and Dr. Michele Catellier.

Williams, of Oskaloosa, placed the 911 call at 11:06 a.m. March 13, 2012 after discovering McDaniel's body just inside the front door of the theater.

A family member's last day with McDaniel

The next witness, Cheryle McDaniel, is Kenneth McDaniel's sister-in-law. She would regularly bring meals to him at the theater and run a few of his errands.

She said McDaniel believed he needed to "stay there because of other people trying to break in at different times."

"He never had a mean bone in his body," she said. "He was just a gentle man. I never even heard him swear."

At 5 or 5:30 p.m. March 11, 2012, she brought him dinner at the theater from Sonic. After running another errand, she returned and gave him his change, a $5 bill and a quarter.

Before she went home, she told McDaniel that he was welcome to come to her and her husband's home the next day. He never showed up, but she said that wasn't out of the ordinary.

Cook recalled a statement she had made earlier this year.

"You told me that because Kenneth ran a porn theater, you and your husband were concerned that they would think he was gay," Cook said to Cheryle, with which she agreed.

But Cheryle also told Brown that McDaniel had never been romantically involved with a man.

Investigation of crime scene begins

Kilgore, a member of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime scene unit, arrived at Cinema X around 3:07 p.m. March 13, 2012.

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