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July 17, 2013

Murder scene, timeline detailed in Pollard trial



She walked through the scene with the jury, photograph by photograph, showing them the outside of the theater, McDaniel's body as one would walk into the theater and the details of the scene, including blood stains and the pornographic materials on the shelves.

There was no sign of forced entry, she said, and the light outside the theater was on. The front door has three locking mechanisms: two keyed locks and one sliding bolt.

His body was approximately 3 feet from the front door, she said. At first glance, she could see blood on his neck, face and head. During her investigation, she also found blood on the front counter, two shelving units and on the carpet.

While looking behind the front counter, she saw a $5 bill sitting outside the cash box and a quarter at the bottom of the steps leading up to the projectors and McDaniel's cot.

She found $51.25 in the bottom of the cash box underneath the coin tray. Fingerprints were lifted from the cash box, the front door, the counter top and glass cases.

Kilgore also requested that blood stains from the body's left hand be analyzed due to the possibility that they may not have been McDaniel's blood.

The zippers were down on both pairs of pants McDaniel was wearing and the belt was buckled, Cook noted.

McDaniel's friend tries to enter theater during time of murder

Hesse, a friend of McDaniel's, said McDaniel would only lock the front door using the sliding bolt if he had to go to the restroom, but otherwise left it open during business hours.

Hesse said it would be unusual to see no DVDs in the glass case. In photos of the crime scene, the glass cases were empty.

He last saw McDaniel the day of the murder. He arrived at 1 p.m. March 11, 2012 and stayed for an hour but returned later around 6 p.m. and tried to enter the theater. The outside light was on, but he couldn't hear any "ruckus" inside.

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