Gateway murder trial

Peters cont’d

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Back from 15 min recess and Jim Peters is still on the stand.

The defense is cross examining the witness.

He says Fred was a good worker and good employee. Says Fred never left without permission or took advantage of test driving the bikes.

Defense asking Peters to look at Fred’s helmet. Peters can’t confirm it’s Fred’s for certain. He confirms helmets come with bags with a drawstring, but the bag would be unsuitable for use as a backpack.

Peters is looking at some pictures the defense is entering into evidence.

Defense exhibit 45 – a picture of the work area in Sunsports.

Defense exhibit 46 – trash can in relation to work bay. Not sure if it’s the exact trash can the liner was found in.

Defense is asking if Fred tried to conceal the mesh liner in the trash can. Peters confirms Fred didn’t seem to be hiding the fact he was cleaning his jacket. (Defense is trying to say Fred was doing this out in the open – therefore had nothing to hide).

Peters’ first statement to LCSO was lost and they came back out and did another statement.

Fred did recalls and small repairs, nothing like rebuilding an engine.

Peters confirms getting scratches and scrapes common when working on motorcycles. (Fred said his scratches and swollen knuckles were because of working on motorcycles)

Peters said employees didn’t have a card to “punch in” but used a keypad.

Peters said he never saw any unusual injuries on Cooper.

Fred’s motorcycle didn’t have a windshield, so driver would get grime, bugs and other road debris on them. Peters says it’s possible someone would use the cleaners to clean grime, bugs, etc – but doesn’t seem to think it’s likely.

Prosecution redirecting

Sunsports was closed on Christmas Day.

Peters confirms he didn’t check his employees for injuries every day (rebuttal to defense question).

Peters confirms for the state if Cooper left on the Dec 27 it would have been policy for Fred to punch out. He confirms sometimes employees didn’t – doesn’t know if Fred punched in or out when running the errand on the 27th.

Defense redirecting

Defense asked if driver seat of motorcycle can be taken off. He said yes.

Peters says it was common for Fred to work through lunch to keep up.

Prosecution redirects.

Confirms records of punching in and out doesn’t confirm the person was there.


Written by Melissa Hudson

October 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

Posted in Day 6

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