Testimony continued Monday in the trial for Justin Sizemore, accused of killing Christopher Hoffpauir in the morning hours of June 14, 2010, with testimony from detectives Rhonda Jordan and Ray Ortiz from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.
Testimony continued Monday in the trial of Justin Sizemore, accused of killing Christopher Hoffpauir in the morning hours of June 14, 2010, with testimony from detectives Rhonda Jordan and Ray Ortiz from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.
After Ortiz's testimony Monday afternoon, the prosecution, led by Scott Westerchil and Ronald Seastrunk, rested, subject to rebuttal. District Judge Jim Mitchell, who is presiding over the case, adjourned the court until 1 p.m. Tuesday, when defense attorney Tony Tillman can begin calling witnesses.
Ortiz testified of his involvement in the investigation, from videotaping the crime scene on the morning of June 14 after Christopher Hoffpauir's body was found, to interviewing Kristyn Hoffpauir when she confessed to Sizemore's involvement in Christopher Hoffpauir's death.
Jurors also witnessed security footage from the McDonald's in Alexandria, where they observed a red sports car traveling through the drive-thru at approximately the time of when the receipt, which was found in the vehicle allegedly driven the night of the murder, was printed at 1:38 a.m. Ortiz also testified about his involvement in securing the search warrant for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, found in located in Jesse Sizemore's shop.
During cross-examination, Tillman asked Ortiz whether samples of the alleged smear, which was visible on the vehicle in question, were sent to the lab to be analyzed.
"It's not what you see on television," Ortiz said. "You can't just send samples to the lab. You have to tell them what you're testing for."
Ortiz also testified that after the second trial, he spoke to an individual with the National Weather Service in Alexandria to check as to whether it had rained in the days leading up to June 14, 2010. Ortiz said that the person to whom he spoke said that he could not provide an answer for Ortiz because, to Ortiz's recollection, they did not have records of that time period in their archives.
Ortiz did state that he had not called the Vernon Parish Police Jury to find out when Garwood Busby Road was last graded.
Jurors also heard testimony from VPSO detective Rhonda Jordan, who analyzed phone records from Christopher Hoffpauir, Kristyn Hoffpauir and Sizemore. Jordan said that both Sizemore and Kristyn Hoffpauir's phones showed no activitiy during the time of the murders.
Jordan also testified that phone records showed that Sizemore called Kristyn Hoffpauir after phone calls from VPSO detectives.
Tillman pointed out, however, that Sizemore's phone showed periods of inactivity for "eight or nine hours" on days leading up to June 14, and that the lack of activity "wasn't evidence of anything." Tillman also asked whether Kristyn Hoffpauir asked why, when Jordan called her the day after Christopher Hoffpauir was murdered, she was calling, to which Jordan said that Kristyn Hoffpauir did not.
"It did strike me as a little weird," she said.
Jordan also provided jurors with an outline of Christopher Hoffpauir's phone activity on the night of June 13, including six phone calls to Kristyn Hoffpauir's phone between 11:27 p.m. on June 13 and 12:24 a.m. on June 14. Tillman also pointed out that Kristyn Hoffpauir texted Christopher Hoffpauir's phone seven times on the morning of June 14, all of which were sent after Christopher Hoffpauir's body was discovered.