Gateway murder trial

Cross examination of Balke

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First question is about the crime scene tape. Balke says the property, the yard was included in the crime scene tape.

Basically saying that he processed the two cars, didn’t take many of the photos, Gabi Suboch did that, but did process the vehicles.

He’s being asked about the Toyota 4-runner and whether or not he processed that. He did.

Now back to the bodies.

Balke is pointing out where Steven’s body was found.

He saw two drops of blood on Steven’s back that were from directly above.

One of the bedposts had blood on it. It appeared to be smeared on the surface.

Now pointing out blood on the wall near the bureau, about a foot high.

The light pink rag outside is now the topic. It was found on a bush about three houses down but he’s not totally certain where it was found because he didn’t collect it.

Prosecution objected to continued questioning about the rag because Balke didn’t actually collect it or have first hand knowledge of it. The judge agreed.

Now onto the possiblity there was an injury to the upper part of Steven’s back. There was a possible footprint on his back. He doesn’t believe there were any injuries associated, though.

There was also a blood drop on the back of Steven’s right elbow.

Redirect from prosecution.

Exhibit 84 – close up of Steven’s hands after he had been rolled over by the ME’s office.

Prosecution just asked to verify the picture was accurate.

Defense redirecting now…

Balke was asked about the handprint on the nightgown – was it processed for handprint – no, there was no ridge detail. Balke thought the handprint was a fabric imprint. The spot was processed for DNA.

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Posted in Day 3

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  1. Hi Melissa…
    I think you are doing a great job too! How is the jury reacting?

    elizabeth w

    October 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

  2. Thanks! The jury isn’t really showing any emotion, even when shown bodies of the victims. They are very alert and attentive…just what you’d want a jury to be! 🙂

    Melissa Hudson

    October 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm


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