Gateway murder trial

Harry Balke cont’d

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He’s now giving the jury an explanation of the floor plan of the Andrews home.

Exhibit 16 – photo of the table in the dining room…(it’s where there were open presents and the presents Kellie gave Steven at the Christmas party if I remember correctly.)

He then moved on to the second floor. Balke says the master bedroom looked as though there was an altercation.

Exhibit 20 – floor plan of the second floor of the Andrews home.

He’s asked if he ever recovered a gun from the home…the answer – no.

Did he recover a projectile – yes. (It was under Steven’s pillow – no picture of that in the evidence page – too much blood).

He also checked the trash cans, but doesn’t recall checking drains.

He believes he was at the scene until about twelve hours later.

He went back the next day. He was there for a little while, then went to the ME to see the part of the autopsies, then he returned to the Gateway home.

Then he and the other techs used Luminol to look for blood. Used to detect small amounts of blood. Did this through most of the ground floor of the house.

He found two possible reactions with a marker to test later with another chemical..but they were not positive for blood.

Luminol was also applied to rooms on the second floor.  They processed the steps and the landing carpet with luminol, but no blood going into the other bedrooms. No indication of blood on the stairway.

They did luminol in the master bedroom – in the doorway, around where the furniture had been. They didn’t find blood on the carpet that wasn’t visible to the naked eye.

In the master bathroom he had a strong reaction about three feet into the tile, the chemical reacted with something. Almost looked like a smear.

They took samples from those tiles.

What was done to the sliding glass doors? One of the LCSO investigators lifted the door off the track to show how easy it was to move the door off its track and (one would assume – then enter the residence – but that wasn’t said).

There were four of the sliding glass doors, and any two could open at any time.

He was not involved with the taking of fingerprints, which were taken at the scene. (No fingerprint identification was released with discovery documents – so I don’t have any info on what may or may not have been found).

Balke was done with the scene, but returned in January to process the vehicles for bodily fluids. None were found. They also took fingerprints from the exterior and interior of the vehicles. (He returned to the Gateway home because Cooper allegedly told police he and Michelle had sex in her car)

He then revealed he and Suboch tried to see if two people could fit into the back seats of either car – (her Grand Am or Steven’s Mercury Marauder) but the car seats prevented two people from fitting back there comfortably.

Exhibit 83 – photo of one of the vehicles in the garage – specifically the rear seat.

Now the defense is cross-examining Balke.

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Day 3

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