BLOG: Day 5 of Jeffrey Willis' trial

Day 5 of Willis' trial

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - The Jeffrey Willis trial continues on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. 

We will be providing live updates from the courtroom below and on our Twitter.

Court will begin same time tomorrow (around 9:30 a.m.) and conclude around 3:30 p.m.

5:36 p.m. Court adjourns for the day. 

5:22 p.m.

Most of the bleach products were manufactured in 2013. 

5:19 p.m.

Cleaning products found in corner of home: 4 bottles of bleach, detergent with bleach, and six boxes of Tide powder with bleach. 

5:14 p.m. 

More evidence photos shown from the Bailey Street home. 

5:12 p.m. 

Photo shown of padlock on back door of Bailey Street home. Sparks says they used key on Willis' key ring to open lock. 

5:10 p.m.

The defense attorney says this testimony is a violation of the 5th Amendment and Judge agrees. 

5:06 p.m.

Defense objects and asks jury to step out for it. This comes after the prosecutor asks Detective Sparks questions regarding the search warrant conducted to retrieve a writing sample. 

5:03 p.m.

Defense asks Detective Sparks to please refer to Willis as "Mr. Willis" instead of "Jeff or Jeffrey", which received scoffs from people in the crowd. 

5:00 p.m.

Sparks took the note indicated below to a handwriting expert to match to Willis' handwriting using letters written by Willis. 

4:53 p.m.

The note found at Bailey Street home is separated into three sections.

The following was written on the note:

Clothes: shirt, pants, underwear, and her panties, socks, shoes, hoodie, coat?

Wallet, watch, keys, phone 

Small camera, big camera, small tripod?, big tripod?, gas can, matches, lube

Video from house if any, crowbar

Kit: (2) Handcuffs and keys 

Restraint bar, hood, (2) ball gags 

Restraint board? tool box, locks, keys, gloves, tape, washcloth

Vibrator bullet, neck restraint, back of rubber gloves,

*vibrator bag - vibrator - batteries (2) - condom - french tickler 

zip ties (19 small) (7 big) *needles (4) 

Pencil

4:50 p.m.

Bailey Street house belonged to Willis' grandfather, who died in 2011. Jeffrey Willis had the keys to the home. 

4:47 p.m.

Sparks assisted the arrest of Jeffrey Willis. 

4:45 p.m. 

Detective Zachary Sparks, called to the stand. Sparks works for MSP- Hart Post. 

4:43 p.m.

Defense asks if its possible that most of the items in the lockbox could be considered sexual toys. Many in the crowd shake their heads. 

4:41 p.m.

Flowers says they did not find Bluhm's fingerprints on the toolbox. 

4:40 p.m.

Defense inquires if the detective compared fingerprints to Kevin Bluhm's fingerprint. 

4:39 p.m.

Defense is questioning how Flowers was able to identify the fingerprint belonged to Willis. 

4:37 p.m.

A latent finger print is one that's found on a surface - left behind after touching a surface. 

4:32 p.m.

Flowers says no fake guns found in his search. Two latent finger prints found on toolbox. 

4:27 p.m.

Orange caps found similar to ones found in the Willis home. 

4:17 p.m.

Found underneath the drivers seat: an orange cap, a vile of insulin, pistol. 

4:16 p.m.

A Century lock box was found in the toolbox filled with blue gloves and ammunition (.22 caliber, CCI)

4:13- 4:16 p.m.

Also in the toolbox: handcuff with chains, leather strap with a ball attached, rope, steel pole, restraints, pair of gloves, jar of lube, battery powered sex toy, empty prescription bottle, two polaroids, two pieces of papers with names and addresses, another sex toy, set of keys. 

4:13 p.m.

A diagram of female anatomy found in toolbox with injection points placed on it and speeds labeled "slow, medium, fast."

4:10 p.m.

The toolbox was underneath the floor essentially, says Flowers. 

4:08 p.m.

Flowers says two video cameras discovered in a locked toolbox in Willis' minivan. 

4:07 p.m.

Flowers was part of a mobile crime lab used when Willis' warrants were conducted. 

4:06 p.m. 

Sgt. Tom Flowers takes the stand, he works for MSP in forensic science division - specifically, in the finger print area. 

4:03 p.m.

Defense says female underwear found in the shed and that Willis was married at the time. 

4:02 p.m.

The now ex-wife of Willis was diabetic. 

4:02 p.m.

No drugs found in the zipper baggie filled with needles. No insulin found in the home, according to Peterson. 

4:02 p.m.

Defense asks if it is possible that Peterson was not the one who discovered all pieces of evidence if there were 10 officers present at the search. Peterson says yes. 

4:01 p.m.

Defense asks if the computer towers were dusty, Peterson says he does not remember. 

4:01 p.m.

The Gateway computer tower, was not connected to anything, and was found in the living room. 

4:01 p.m.

Only one of the computer towers found was attached to a monitor, and that was found in the masterbedroom. 

4:00 p.m.

Two hard drives found on Willis' property, but not connected to anything. 

3:59 p.m.

Peterson says roughly more than 10 officers searched the house and shed that day. 

3:58 p.m.

Peterson says the "Pink Room" was used as a storage room, but could have been used as a second bedroom. 

3:58 p.m.

Peterson says he was not able to determine how many people live in the home, but says he it was his understanding that Willis and his wife lived in the home. 

3:57 p.m.

Court resumes, defense begins with cross examination of Detective Peterson, who conducted search warrant of Willis' home. 

3: 35 p.m.

Brief recess, stayed tuned. 

3:31 p.m.

Peterson says no toy guns nor airsoft guns found on Willis' property. 

3:30 p.m.

A pink room filled with male clothing also displayed for jurors from Willis' home. 

3:29 p.m.

Another external hard drive found in the cold air vent of Willis' home. 

3:28 p.m.

The baggie contained a pair of underwear wrapped in tin foil. 

3:27 p.m.

Peterson says they found a ziploc baggie under pannel in the attic of the shed. 

3:26 p.m.

Photo shown of a camera bag put on the screen, which was found in Willis' shed. 

3:25 p.m.

Next photo shows a shed outside Willis' home, which was also searched that day. 

3:23 p.m.

A photo of a zipper bag containing needles is now being shown, Peterson says this was found in Willis' home. Says needles were unused. 

3:21 p.m.

A photo of a thumb drive found at Willis' home is shown to the jury. 

3:20 p.m.

A third computer tower shown - found in Willis' master bedroom. 

3:18 p.m. 

Photo shown of two computer towers - Peterson says those were both found in Willis' home. 

3:17 p.m.

Peterson says the gun was registered to Jeffrey Willis, found in master bedroom drawer along with a passport and external harddrive. 

3:16 p.m.

Peterson confirms a photo shown of Willis' dresser drawer with a gun inside it. 

3:15 p.m.

Peterson confirms a photo of Willis' house in Muskegon County. 

3:15 p.m.

Peterson conducted the search of Willis' house. 

3:15 p.m.

Peterson handled evidence for the investigation. 

3:13 p.m.

Detective Chad Peterson called to the stand. 

3:13 p.m.

Defense asks that they may use Detective Schultz as one of their witnesses. 

3:12 p.m.

Defense asks Schultz if he would be able to remember every place he had been on a random day a month prior. 

3:11 p.m.

Defense asks when Willis was arrested - Schultz said he believes it was roughly a month later. 

3:08 p.m.

Schultz says there was no mention of Kevin Bluhm by Willis. 

3:07 p.m.

Schultz says he asked Willis if he had a airsoft gun, and Willis said no. Willis said he did have a gun at his home, but not in his vehicle. 

3:05 p.m.

But Detective Shultz saw a silver minivan traveling northbound past Wesco and Coney Island -- coordinating 

3:03 p.m.

Willis told the detective on the day of his arrest  that he had not been anywhere the day of MJN's attempted abduction. But then later said he may have gone to get an oil change. 

3:02 p.m.

Defense asks the detective if MJN's information on the incident was used to generate the lineup, he says yes. 

3:00 p.m.

Prosecutor presents a line up of 6 photos. Schultz says this photo line up was the one presented to MJN and she identified Jeffrey Willis as the suspect involved in her attempted kidnapping. 

2:48 p.m.

Prosecutor plays a video of a silver van coming and going on South Weber Road on morning of April 16, 2016.

2:46 p.m.

Evidence handed to Schultz: Live round, 22, manufactured by CCI. He says the round appears to have been on rough pavement. 

2:45 p.m. 

Schultz found another round, this is in addition to the bullet found previously by Sgt. Blackburn. 

2:44 p.m.

Schultz says he went back to capture measurements for evidence purposes. 

2:44 p.m.

Prosecutor asks why the detective may have returned to the scene. 

2:43 p.m.

Schultz said he immediately checked for registered sex offenders in the area and for silver vans in the area. 

2:42 p.m.

Schultz met with MJN (minor who Willis attempted to abduct) the morning the incident occured. 

2:41 p.m. 

Detective Matt Schultz of Muskegon County Sheriff's Department called to the stand. 

2:40 p.m.

Prosecutor asks if there's any way that the vehicle was not a 2006 Dodge Caravan RS, and Brooks replies "no."

2:39 p.m.

Defense asks if Brooks got a second opinion when he identified the van, and Brooks says no, but he was certain of it. 

2:37 p.m.

Brooks tells Defense the van looked white or silver. 

2:34 p.m.

Defense asking for clarification on identifying parts of a Chrysler vehicle. 

2:22 p.m.

Brooks says he knows it is a Grand Caravan because of part sizes. 

2:19 p.m.

Prosecutor now showing surveillance photo from the blueberry farm of a silver van. Brooks identifying what parts of the car enable him to identify it's make and model. 

2:17 p.m.

"I truly look at cars way different than the average person," Brooks said. Said its like looking at a photo of his kids - he knows them. 

2:16 p.m.

Brooks, who has 30 years of car experience, said he looks at a car by it's shape... shape of its taillights, gears..

2:08 p.m.

Brooks explains the Dodge caravan mechanical makeup. 

2:01 p.m. 

Mr. Brooks called to the stand. Prosecutor asks that Mr. Brooks be considered a professional expert in mechanical engineering and design..

1:59 p.m.

Court is now back in session. The jurors were accidentally shown on camera therefore there will be no more live feeds or cameras during this trial going forward. Mr. Brooks called to witness stand.  

Brief recess. 

1:23 p.m.

Prosecutor shows receipt of Willis carwash and enters it into evidence - Defense objects. Judge allows the evidence. 

1:21 p.m.

Jerry Vanderstelt,Vans Carwash owner, takes the stand. 

1:19 p.m.

Defense asks if there is any way Blackburn could identify how long that bullet had been in the roadway for the jury - and Blackburn says no sorry, I have no idea. No further questions. 

1:17 p.m.

Blackburn found a bullet in the roadway (on Green Creek Rd), the bullet looked run over but Blackburn said it looked like a new bullet. Blackburn says he could've run over it himself. 

1:10 p.m.

Blackburn says the young girl did not appear to be under any influence and says he saw cuts to her shoulder and elbow. 

1:09 p.m.

April 16, 2016 Blackburn says he was on duty and recalls being dispatched to a Greencreek Road residence where a 16 year old had been chased by Willis. 

1:08 p.m.

Court back in session, Deputy Sheriff Jeff Blackburn, Muskegon Sheriff's Dept. 

Court in recess until 1:00 p.m.

12:02 p.m.

Judge says it's come to his attention that jurors may have been posting on Facebook, he asks they refrain from doing that for the remainder of the trial. 

12:01 p.m.

Krane's testimony concludes. 

12:00 p.m.

Krane says he only sells Dodge caravans for 25 years, and helped police identify the make and model of surveillance photo of silver van. 

11:58 a.m.

Defense has no questions for Coles, and prosecutor calls Mike Krane, seller of used Dodge caravans in Muskegon. 

11:57 a.m.

Prosecutor shows surveillance form Coles security cameras on the day of April 16, 2016 around 9:00 a.m. 

11:55 a.m.

Coles has surveillance cameras on the property of his farm located on Weber Road. 

11:53 a.m.

Prosecutor calls Frank Coles, blueberry farmer, to the stand. 

11:50 a.m. 

Defense asks if Heethuis could see how many passengers were in the vehicle, Heethuis says no. 

11:49 a.m.

Defense asks if Chrysler is the only brand to make a silver van, Heethuis says no most likely not. 

11:45 a.m.

Kevin Bluhm and Kevin Bletsch did not have any communication, according to the records reviewed by Heethuis. 

11:41 a.m.

Prosecutor asks the quickest way to access the location where Bletsch was shot, and Heethuis describes a route that would take the vehicle by the McCormicks gas station. 

11:39 a.m.

Heethuis identifies various surveillance footage showing the silver van belonging to Jeffrey Willis. 

11:29 a.m.

Heethuis worked with Chrysler to identify the vehicle. 

11:27 p.m.

Heethuis used data from Secretary of State of Michigan to identify the silver van related to the investigation. 

11:26 a.m.

Heethuis said his data analysis skills were useful for this case. 

11:25 a.m.

Heethuis said they will assist with cases when they can. He reached out during the disappearance of Heeringa and offered his assistance, and during Bletsch's investigation. 

11:25 a.m.

Prosecutor asks why SS would help with this sort of case.

11:25 a.m.

Prosecutor says he called this witness out of order to accommodate his schedule and thanks him for being present. 

11:24 a.m.

Ryan Heethuis called to stand, he works for the U.S. Secret Service -- previously worked in Detroit, but now he works in Paris, France. 

11:23 a.m.

Defense asks Schmitt if she knew Rebekah Bletsch, she says yes. But says she was not mentioned throughout the course of this incident. 

11:22 a.m.

Defense asks Schmitt where the closest gas station is, she says about a few miles. 

11:21 a.m.

MJN says to 9-1-1 dispatch that the gun was a 'fake gun' colored black with an orange cap. 

11:17 a.m. 

9-1-1 recording still playing MJN continues sobbing and talking to dispatcher. The recording evoking tears from many present in the courtroom. 

11:13 a.m.

Recording plays out and voice of MJN plays. She sobs and explains to dispatch what occurred. Says she was walking for five hours, continues loud sobs, and says she wants her mom. 

11:11 a.m.

Prosecutor begins playing recording of Schmitt's 9-1-1 call. 

11:11 a.m.

Prosecutor plays wrong 9-1-1 recording, now searching for the correct one. 

11:10 a.m.

"She was definitely in a hysterical state of mind," says Schmitt. 

11:09 a.m.

Schmitt says girl tried to crawl under the bed in the backroom, she was screaming. Schmitt says she then went to retrieve her cell phone and call 9-1-1. 

11:07 a.m.

Schmitt says girl ran down her driveway when Schmitt waved to the girl and she ran into Schmitt's house with no shoes. Says girl was disheveled and terrified.

11:07 a.m.

Schmitt says she got off her deck and looked out front window and saw a young lady running down the road and screaming, "help, help, he's got a gun!" 

11:06 a.m.

Schmitt says she lives about a quarter of a mile off River Road. Says she was drinking coffee on her back porch when she heard a man and woman arguing. 

11:05 a.m.

Court back in session, witness Dawn Schmitt brought to the stand. 

Brief recess. 

10:41 a.m.

Defense lastly asks if witness knew Bletsch, she says no. 

Defense asks witness if Willis ever touched her, she says no. 

10:40 a.m.

Defense asks if witness remembers identifying the gun as an airsoft gun, she says yes and says this is no longer true even though she said it was, while under oath at the preliminary examination. 

10:39 a.m.

Defense asks if Willis tried to lock the door when witness went to jump out, she says no. 

10:37 a.m.

Witness points to Jeffrey Willis indicating that is the man responsible for attempting to abduct her that day. 

10:36 a.m.

Defense stands up asks to review evidence before it's given to witness. 

10:33 a.m.

Prosecutor shows photos of injuries, witness confirms the injuries were parts of her body injured while jumping from the moving silver van. 

10:32 a.m.

Witness says she ran to a strangers home and they called the police, she says she then explained what happened to a deputy. 

10:31 a.m.

Witness says she does not recognize the gun shown by prosecutor, but she does recognize orange cap that was on the gun.

10:30 a.m. 

Prosecutor shows photo of black netting underneath seat in Willis' car and witness identifies it as the same she saw that morning. 

10:29 a.m.

Prosecutor shows photo of Willis' van asks if it is the van witness say, she says yes. 

10:28 a.m.

Witness says she was running and screaming for help, the male says it was all a joke. 

10:27 a.m. 

Man pulled a gun out from under his seat and pointed it at witness, she says. She says she then unlocked the door and jumped out. Car stopped after she jumped out. 

10:26 a.m.

Man rolled window up and locked door upon witness entering the car. She asked to use the phone and he said no said the phone was dead. 

10:25 a.m.

Witness says she saw a flip phone in the man's vehicle. Witness says she then entered the vehicle. 

10:24 a.m.

Witness asked to use the man's cell phone. Witness says man in vehicle told her to get into the car in order to use the cell phone. 

10:24 a.m.

Witness says a silver van pulled up right next to her, came from behind. One male in the vehicle. 

10:23 a.m.

Witness says it was daylight out and she was walking when a van pulled up and asked if she needed a lift. 

10:23 a.m.

Witness says she was scared, lost and wanting to get home. 

10:22 a.m.

Witness says she was not drunk or high when she walked home. 

10:21 a.m.

Witness says she started walking home as the sun was just coming up. She says she was walking right on River Road. 

10:21 a.m.

Witness says her friend was supposed to drive her home that night, but her ride fell thru. 

10:20 a.m.

Witness says she was drinking alcohol and smoking weed night of April 16. She was wearing open toed shoes with a striped shirt. Her finger nails were painted purple. 

10:16 a.m.

On April 16, 2016 the witness was 16-years-old and attended a party that evening

10:15 a.m.

MacDonald testimony complete. Next witness to stand is: the now 17-year-old who escaped abduction, she will be referred to by her initials of MJN.

10:14 a.m.

Prosecutor asks again if Willis turned his phone off would there by an generated cell phone records - MacDonald says no. 

10:13 a.m.

Defense asks if any records generated by Willis phone on April 16, 2016, MacDonald says he does not recall. 

10:11 a.m.

Defense asks if there were any cell phone records indicating Willis' location night of Bletsch's murder, MacDonald says he does not recall there being any cell phone information of use. 

10:10 a.m.

Defense asks if MacDonald did any searches on Bluhm's phone, he says no. 

10:07 a.m.

MacDonald confirms that Willis had a flip phone, not smart phone. 

9:59 a.m. 

At 11:59 p.m. night of Heeringa's disappearance, a call from Willis residence to Willis' cell phone (using tower signals from closing to the 

9:57 a.m.

Prosecutor pulls up evidence showing where a call from the Willis residence began and ended the night of Jessica Heeringa's disappearance. 

9:56 a.m.

MacDonald says he was asked to look at April 26, 2013- April 27, 2013. The AT&T records provided belonged to Willis' cell phone number. 

9:54 a.m.

MacDonald explains how MSP attains location data using raw cell phone data. 

9:52 a.m.

MacDonald says it is impossible for a radiowave to bend any amount - waves can bounce, but not bend 180 degrees. 

9:51 a.m.

Voice calls are always prioritized by cell phone companies (in terms of signal), MacDonald explains. 

9:50 am.

MacDonald explains why a cell phone would switch towers - usually due to a physical or environmental change that interferes with previous connection. 

9:50 a.m.

"Your phone is always looking for the strongest signal," MacDonald. 

9:46 a.m.

MacDonald shows how cell towers are set up and used in his line of work - he is testifying as an expert in the use of cell phone tower data as it relates to a person's location.

9:40 a.m.

Court begins. First witness called to stand is James MacDonald, Michigan State Police Sergeant part of the special investigations technical services unit. 

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