MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - The trial of Jeffrey Willis for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch continues. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 marks the eighth 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.
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Judge says he is unsure if court will resume Tuesday morning at this point, asks that jurors call the jury coordinator to check on Monday evening.
Judge is informing jurors he will have to adjourn and he apologizes for this legal issue that will take time to sort out.
Prosecutor said defense is trying to circumvent discovery. Judge squashes defense subpoena to sheriff department.
Prosecutor is asking the court to squash subpoena filed by defense regarding the sheriff's department.
Prosecutor says he is really not happy about this. Judge reminds defense he is just one person and will need adequate time
Defense asks the court to adjourn, so they may spend their afternoon gathering this information. Judge reiterates he really wishes he had this information ahead of time.
Judge says defense has two choices either proceed with the case and deal with admittance of this evidence later, or adjourn court for the day and deal with the admittance of this evidence later.
"I am very disappointed this was not handled ahead of time," says Prosecutor D.J. Hilson. Says it's a disservice to the jurors and the victim's family to make everyone wait for the defense to find this material.
Judge says he cannot make a ruling until he sees the interview transcript. Johnson said he'd like to know if he can use this evidence before proceeding with his case, but he needs time to find the statement within the 18-hour transcript. Judge says he would've preferred this request to come earlier.
Johnson says Bluhm admitted to handling firearm used to kill Rebekah Bletsch. Judge says if he allows this statement admittance he'd need to hear the statement in context.
Judge says there is no evidence yet that make Bluhm's police interview relevant. Unless Johnson plans to later present evidence in his case that makes this interview relevant, Bluhm
Johnson: "We are not even offering most of these statements are true." Says Bluhm's statements incriminate him and says those statements are relevant and appropriate.
Prosecutor says the statements made in that interview are 99 percent information received from Willis. Says there are statements that could be considered exculpatory to Bluhm in that interview.
Defense asking to enter in Bluhm's 18 hour interview with police as evidence.
Bluhm just took the stand and pled the Fifth Amendment. Bluhm said his plea applies to all questions regarding the case.
Defense says his first witness will be Kevin Bluhm, the cousin of Jeffrey Willis.
The prosecutor has rested their case. Court on recess until 2:00 p.m.
Prosecutor has objected twice so far after a series of unclear questions by the defense.
Defense asks if sperm is actually in Schmitt's expertise, she says yes, it is.
'I cannot exclude any part of the glove that was not swabbed.'
Defense is asking how they chose to swab what areas of the Reebok glove, prosecutor tries to object on relevance. Sustained.
Bletsch's DNA likely to be DNA found on the glove and purple vibrator.
DNA found on the van cargo area floor belonged to Willis. MJN's DNA not found in the van cargo floor area.
Schmitt's testimony continues. Willis' DNA found on purple vibrator.
The swab on the phone holder was not examined as part of an update to policy. The defense is inquiring why there were updated reports made and what the mistakes were.
Schmitt tested for DNA using items from Bletsch's rape kit. Found no evidence of relevance.
Schmitt will be the prosecutor's last witness. She is testifying as an expert in forensic biology.
Court begins. First witness: Michelle Schmitt who works for the Michigan State Police as a DNA specialist.
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