The Ottumwa Courier


July 17, 2013

Murder scene, timeline detailed in Pollard trial



"The door was locked so I rang the bell, but no one answered," he said, so he left.

Search of the neighborhood begins

Ottumwa Police Investigator Steve Harris said after examining the scene, he began to do a "neighborhood canvass."

"You never know who's going to see or hear or pick up something," he said, "so we like to talk to people around or in the general area to see if they observed anything."

They then learned that Bridge City Appliance (Cinema X's neighbor) had surveillance video footage pointing out onto the street.

At 5:51 p.m. March 11, 2012, video footage showed Pollard walking past Bridge City Appliance toward Cinema X.

The Ottumwa Police Department's downtown video camera footage of the area was also reviewed and Harris said Pollard was seen entering Cinema X at 5:52 p.m. March 11, 2012 and leaving at 6:12 p.m. During that time, Hesse tried to enter the theater at approximately 6 p.m.

Unusual injury leads to search for unique murder weapon

One injury in particular, on McDaniel's head, stood out in Harris' mind: "two dashes that were next to each other in a straight line with a small space between them."

"My first thought was it looked like a defect caused by either the back of a claw hammer or a pry bar," he said.

A yellow piece of debris was also discovered in the wound, leading Harris to believe police should begin looking for a yellow instrument, because he found nothing in the theater that could have been used in the murder.

Autopsy points out hemorrhaged muscle, fractured cartilage in neck

Dr. Michele Catellier discussed the results of the autopsy of the body on March 14, 2012.

McDaniel had several abrasions and lacerations, some of them patterned, on his head, which produced "very little internal damage in the head."

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