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Day 7 of Willis' trial

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - The trial of Jeffrey Willis for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch continues. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 marks the seventh day of court proceedings. 

The judge ordered no cameras be permitted into the court room, however, we were still able to provide audio. You can listen to it on our Facebook.

Court adjourned at 5:20 p.m. and will convene at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. 

4:50 p.m.

Crump said the gun found in Willis' van was used to kill Bletsch. 

4:10 p.m.

Jeff Crump, of MSP Forensic and Firearms Unit in Grand Rapids, takes the stand. He will be the final witness, today. 

3:20 p.m.

The search occurred roughly 2 years after the Bletsch murder, Defense asks again about policy and procedures in place to keep from cross contamination.  

3:17 p.m.

Defense is cross examining Hayhurst. 

2:52 p.m.

Court back in session after brief recess. 

2:20 p.m.

Michelle Shontola's DNA found in stain on underwear. 

2:14 p.m.

The loaded syringe did not match anyone's DNA profile tied to the case. 

2:10 p.m.

No identifying DNA could be collected from the 3 possible donors on the inner door handle of Willis' van. 

1:55 p.m.

MJN, Heeringa and Bletsch's DNA not found on pink pair of underwear. Both of these underwear belonged to Michelle Schnotala.

1:51 p.m.

Bletsch, MJN nor Heeringa's DNA not found on the red underwear. 

1:48 p.m.

Swab of interior waistband of red panties was a mixture of two donors - at least one male. 

1:44 p.m.

Willis' DNA found on the gun muzzle. MJN, Heeringa nor Bletsch's DNA found on slider of the gun. 

1:38 p.m.

Swab of interior leather restraints mixture of two individual's DNA. Jeffrey Willis matches the major donor of DNA on this swab, 

1:37 p.m.

The major donor on the silver vibrator was an unidentified female donor. 

1:36 p.m.

MJN, Bletsch, Heeringa were not matches to contributing DNA on the ball gag. 

1:33 p.m.

Hayhurst said he got an incomplete DNA profile from the ball gag found in Willis' possession. The ball gag DNA matched that of Jeffrey Willis. 

1:19 p.m.

Hayhurst testimony continues. Says the pink pair of panties found at Willis' residence had seminal fluid in the crotch area, the red pair did not. 

1:16 p.m.

Court back in session after lunch recess.

12:14 p.m.

MJN swab also conducted and entered into evidence. 

12:13 p.m.

Tested blanket for seminal fluid - came back negative. 

12:13 p.m.

No blood found on bed sheet or blanket in the van.

12:12 p.m.

Tissue box on floor of the van, tested for blood stains. 

12:12 p.m.

Knife found in vehicle did have stains, but not blood stains. 

12:09 p.m.

Hayhurst said blood stains taken off gun found in Willis' van. Stain found on the muzzle (end of gun), when slide pulled back exposed barrel had additional stains that were also swabbed. 

11:54 a.m.

Hayhurst was present for the search of Willis' van, and describes the swabs he took of items found in the Willis' vans (i.e. vibrators, batteries, ropes, etc.,) 

11:42 a.m.

Prosecutor references the fingerprints on black toolbox in Willis' van. 

11:37 a.m.

The first round gave a partial DNA profile, so no comparison made - incomplete. But the second round, did give a DNA profile of multiple contributors. 

11:36 a.m.

Unfired .22 caliber round, entered into evidence. Found at the scene, that had appeared to be driven over. 

11:32 a.m.

No comparisons were made to any evidence at that time, though, they just made a DNA profile. 

11:26 p.m.

Hayhurst said he received buckle swab from Kevin Bluhm.

11:20 a.m.

After brief recess, David Hayhurst, of MSP crime lab takes the stand. 

10:47 a.m.

Defense asks if the 2016 policy change would have impacted her report in 2014, prosecutor objects. Judge allows it. 

10:44 a.m.

Defense continues questioning methodology behind the evidence gathering conducted by MSP. 

10:41 a.m. 

Defense asks why nail clippings were used in Rambadt's report. 

10:40 a.m.

There was DNA from another individual on Bletsch's shoulder, but not enough to be identifiable. 

10:25 a.m.

DNA found on sunglasses belonged to agent who collected evidence. 

10:25 a.m.

Sarah Rambadt, Michigan State Police Grand Rapids forensic lab, called to the stand. 

10:22 a.m.

Meredith says there are very strict processes for evidence as it comes to the lab. 

10:15 a.m.

DNA of an unknown male found on Bletsch's sunglasses. It was later identified, but Meredith does not know who the DNA belonged to. 

10:12 a.m.

Defense asks about possibility of mold in Willis' grandfather's home on Bailey Street. 

10:05 a.m.

Defense asks if household bleach products are ever used to clean the lab - Meredith says yes, many household cleaners could destroy DNA.

9:55 a.m.

No DNA found on the shell casings found at scene of Bletsch's murder. 

9:46 a.m.

Meredith is explaining the steps taken to ensure the DNA is protected from cross contamination. 

►Related: Day 6 of Jeffrey Willis trial

9:41 a.m.

Meredith will testify as an expert in forensic biology.

9:39 a.m.

Court begins. First witness to the stand is Katherine Meredith, Michigan State Police Forensic Scientist.

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