MUSKEGON COUNTY - There were no bullets found at the scene of Rebekah Bletsch's murder, but fragments of three different bullets were found in her skull.
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson brought a detective, several witnesses, multiple cops and one doctor to the witness stand on Oct. 20, 2017, the fourth day of the Jeffrey Willis trial.
A majority of the eight witnesses received few cross examination questions from defense attorney Frederick Johnson, but he asked almost every witness if they knew or had heard of "Rebekah Bletsch." All but two of the witness testimonies were in regard to the April 2013 disappearance of Jessica Heeringa.
One of those two witnesses, retired detective Brian Harris, worked the scene where Bletsch's body was found. Harris explained in his testimony there were no bullets found on scene--only three separate shell casings.
One shell casing was found on the road and two relatively close to each other in the grass.
"Certainly could indicate the shooter shot one shot where the shell [on the roadway] was located and then moved to the west," Harris said.
Dr. Brandy Shattuck, who performed the autopsy of Bletsch's body, testified that four gunshot wounds were found on Bletsch's skull from three different bullets. Her testimony caused one woman, wearing a "Remembering Rebekah" shirt, to let out a sob as graphic photos of gunshot wounds flashed on the courtroom screen.
Shattuck said Bletsch had bruises around her eyes and abrasions to her face and wrists.
The prosecutor's question posed to Shattuck regarding the effects of insulin on the body was met by an objection from the defense. A vial of insulin along with syringes were kept as evidence found in Willis' silver minivan.
The defense said this went outside the realm of Shattuck's expertise, but the judge allowed the testimony to continue.
Shattuck said insulin could lead to a coma, but later confirmed there were no needle injection sites located on Bletsch's body.
The other witnesses included two Norton Shores Police Dept. Corporals: Joel Hoeksema and Chris Hare. Both men worked on the Heeringa case, along with officer Lori Sinclair also from Norton Shores. Susan Mosley, Craig Harpster and Susan Follett served as witnesses from different times of night the night Heeringa disappeared.
Follett, who worked at the Exxon Mobile gas station on Sternberg where Heeringa was working the night she went missing, delivered an especially emotional testimony. Follett, who was riding her motorcycle the night of Heeringa's disappearance, recounted seeing a man in a "gray minivan" leaving the gas station the night of April 26, 2013.
The trial ended around 4:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 20 and will not resume until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.
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