PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — 2:40 a.m. Both the state and the defense have rested their cases. Closing arguments will occur tomorrow morning, and the jury will start their deliberations after they’re finished. You can watch the closing arguments live here at WKRG.com.
2:21 p.m. — The defense has called a DNA analyst to discuss how evidence can be contaminated through transfer DNA.
2:12 p.m. SA Roddenberry has been called to testify again Hartung is the sole heir at law to his family’s estate.
10:45 a.m. — Court is in recess until 11:15 a.m.
10:40 a.m. — After being questioned by the state, Arden testified he could not say for sure the murders did not happen on the 28th of July but stated scientific evidence would suggest they happened after late July 29 or early July 30.
10:10 a.m. Arden stated that it’s possible, due to scientific factors, the death could have happened late at night on July 29 or early July 30. Those factors included the bodies showed signs of rigor mortis, or stiffening of muscles after death, more than 72 hours later. Usually, Arden testified, rigor mortis is gone after 36-48 hours.
10 a.m. — Arden stated that crime scene techs and the medical examiner should have gotten the body temperature of Bonnie Smith. He said it would have been helpful in determining an estimated time of death. Her temperature was not taken.
9:45 a.m. — Arden also stated he believed it was unusual that Bear, the Smith family dog, had not started feeding on the Smith’s bodies if it had truly been locked inside the house with nothing to eat for three days.
9:35 a.m. — Jonathan Arden, a forensic pathologist, testified that he had issues with the timing of death estimated by Florida’s former District One medical examiner.
9:25 a.m. — The defense has recalled state witnesses Matt Infinger and Christine Rollins. The defense questioned Infinger about who found Bonnie Smith’s will. The defense asked Rollins about whether she changed her gloves before touching each individuall piece of evidence. She replied no. However, the state clarified during their questioning that she would change them after touching anything with suspected blood.
9 a.m. — The triple murder trial of Donald Hartung continues Tuesday with testimony from witnesses called by Hartung’s defense team. The defense is expected to rest their case by early afternoon. Stay tuned to News 5 for updates throughout the day.
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