Gateway murder trial

Defense closing

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Reasonable doubt can come from the evidence, conflict in the evidence, doubt of the evidence.

Sympathy can’t cloud jury’s judgement.

December 2005 was a time of turmoil for these two couples. they became intertwined because of that.

Kellie and Steven were having an affair and Michelle suspected it. She wanted to save her marriage and had confronted Kellie about it.

A phone conversation – Kellie tried to call Steve to help her move some items, Michelle intercepted that call and told Kellie not to call her husband to help Kellie move.

As these things unfold. Michelle is becoming more and more concerned with her marriage. She’s looking for someone to reach out to, someone who can help her save her marriage.

That person she turned to was fred Cooper.

She called him at work because she would have access to his work number. The contact sheet from Outside Productions was also found int he Andrews home. It had Fred’s work number on it.

McGruther says there’s importance to the fact there’s no record of the calls between Michelle and Fred.

Michelle won’t want to p u blicize the fact she’s doing this. This is something that’s very, very personal to her.

She calls fred and they meet at Unos. they find out they both want to save ethier relationships. They’re both feeling the same things.

She found an ally in Cooper. Someone who was going through the same thing.

They aren’t just trading information…also exchanging common feelings theyr’e going through. Showing compassion for each other.

It culminates inDec 26th meeting.

Michelle tells Fred Steven admitted the affair to her.

They’re both upset and “one thing leads to another and there’s consensual sex”

“McGruther will have you believe it’s a concocted story from Mr. Cooper”

Det Ramsey says DNA doesn’t lie and that’s when Fred says he had sex with Michelle.

Fred calls Kellie and Ramsey listens to the call he tells Kellie about his relationship with Michelle because Kellie’s going to find out. He’s got to come out with th etruth. Says he wants Kellie to hear it from him.

Deputies spend three days at the crime scene, going over it thoroughly. They send Cooper’s DNA to the two labs for comparison of the DNA compiled from the murder scene.

Collected blood from the room and from the victims

State says the target of the crime was Steven Andrews. But that doens’t fit with the crime scene. There’s a very, it’s very apparent Michelle was posed in the position she was put in.

“She could be the target of this crime’

Steven’s genitals were not injured in any way and the only wound was the gunshot wound.

“There could be another motive that’s unknown to us that caused these killings”

“They send all this sdtuff away to these crime labs and come up with no connection with Fred to this house, other than Michelle’s right hand fingers, swabs of those and the nightgown, where there’s DNA that’ sconsistent with Freds.”

We also find out that Fred is excluded from the left hand finger swabs.

“Fred was scratched on both forearms, yet Fred was excluded from everything but the right hand swabs” (Also on the nightgown)

Dr. Hamilton says Michelle had sex before her death.

Michelle had deefensive wounds and may have scratched the perpetrator.

“SHe stayed fit, put up a fight”

One of the flaws in the investigation, is the bedding was never tested (ie the sheets, duvet, etc)

Garber: When you have evidence that may have DNA from the perpetrator, that’s a failure or weakness of the investigation

They took Fred Cooper’s bike on the 29th, took it apart and tested the parts. they found no blood or DNA on the bike. Only found Cooper’s DNA on key fob.

Same thing with the gloves, they found Fred’s DNA but no one else’s.

They took Fred’s shoes. One had DNA of a female, not Michelle or Kellie. Another pair of shoes had blood, not Michelle or Steven’s DNA.

“They left no stone unturned to link him to the crime scene.”

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 14, 2008 at 10:47 am

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