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July 19, 2013

Pollard describes Cinema X manager's death

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OTTUMWA —

This became a sticking point for the defense, who asked Harris why more effort wasn't put in to finding the two unidentified individuals.

"On April 13, 2012, did you not tell Investigator Ruben Ross that now that Bruce Pollard had confessed, it was no longer necessary to find the individuals in the vehicles?" Cook asked. That's correct, Harris said.

It was determined that the unidentified vehicles had nothing to do with the homicide, he said, so police stopped looking.

But when that first person walked up to the theater two hours after Pollard left, "we know the door was unlocked," Cook said, "so by all indications, that person would have seen the body."

The court also viewed photos of abrasions and burns to Pollard's head, taken the week following the murder. But, said prosecutor Scott Brown, there is no way to know exactly how those injuries happened, therefore they cannot definitively be connected to an altercation with McDaniel.

McDaniel's injuries were "by far the worst injuries I've ever seen to a throat," Harris said.

The state rested its case and Judge Lucy Gamon said Monday will likely be the last day of evidence, followed by jury deliberation.

Cook made a motion to acquit Pollard on the basis that prosecutors had not generated enough evidence to "overcome the burden ... that [Pollard] was not acting in self defense." But that motion was overruled and the trial will continue at 9 a.m. Monday.

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