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July 19, 2013

Pollard describes Cinema X manager's death



During the first interview, Harris asked him if he acted in self defense that night. Why would Harris do that? asked defense attorney Allen Cook.

"I try to make them feel comfortable to get them to talk to me about it," Harris said. "In this, I suggested self defense as a way of making it easier for Bruce to talk. I want as many statements as I can get so I can compare them with physical evidence, video, other witness accounts. I layer all the layers on top of each other to determine what's true and what's not."

Shortly after the first interview, Pollard jumped from the second story balcony in the Wapello County Jail in what's been described as a suicide attempt.

The court also viewed Bridge City Appliance's surveillance video from March 11, 2012. The store is located two doors west of Cinema X.

Pollard could be seen walking by at the same time he is seen walking past the store on the city's downtown video cameras. In the video he is wearing exactly what he described during his second interview with police: a polo shirt, blue t-shirt, coat and stocking cap.

When Pollard is seen walking the opposite direction around 20 minutes later, a black trash bag is slung over his shoulder and he's "walking in the direction of the Promise Center," Harris said.

While watching video from the city's downtown cameras the day of McDaniel's murder, the court watched Pollard walk in and out of Cinema X at 5:52 p.m. and 6:12 p.m., respectively.

At 8:27 p.m., when the fluorescent light was on (indicating that the theater was open), an unidentified person walks up to the theater and leaves seconds later. The next day, another unidentified person is seen walking up to the theater and leaving soon after.

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