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James Smith, labratory director for BCII, examines some of the evidence in the murder trial for Michael Collins, Thursday.
James Smith, labratory director for BCII, examines some of the evidence in the murder trial for Michael Collins, Thursday. (Photo by )

By Mount Vernon News
July 20, 2012 12:03 pm EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Prosecutors on Thursday continued to build their case against Michael Collins for the death of Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett and the wounding of Jesse Collins, Michael’s son.

Michael, 55, of Frazeysburg, is on trial on a total of nine counts, including murder with a firearms specification, attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter with a firearms specification, involuntary manslaughter with a firearms specification, tampering with evidence and having a weapon under disability. The incident, which resulted in the death of Pressley-Claggett and the wounding of Jesse Collins, occurred the night of July 1, 2011, on Ohio 586 south of Martinsburg.

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The day began with Trooper Elizabeth Petro, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s lead investigator in the case, still on the stand for redirect questions from Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher.

Under questioning by defense attorney Bruce Malek on Thursday, Petro had agreed that the results of some tests were not in her narrative summary of the case and that she had not pursued information about toxicology screens on Jesse Collins or made contact with people Jesse and Pressley-Claggett had talked with shortly before the shooting incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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