Hudson Trial; Prosecution Rests, Defense Calls 1st Witness
The murder trial of Kiley Hudson resumed Thursday with the state’s criminologist, Mr. Dovci, returning to the witness stand.
Under cross examination he stated when using computer generated photos, the program could be turned off and the body positioned outside of its normal limits.
The defense asked Dovci about his report being changed and he replied his supervisor had issues with the biological and re-creation of the scene and changed the report.
Dovci was asked about two criminologists who routinely testify for the defense in capitol cases: Gary Knowles and James Pex. Dovci replied Knowles was ethical but his reports were sometimes sloppy and he had talked with Pex about ambush reports that are normally written with sparse detail but in court the witness has much information.
He was dismissed and the defense entered two motions: one to acquit the assault four charge; and one to acquit the murder charge for failure to prove intent. Both were denied by Judge Hull.
Then the prosecution rested and the defense called its first witness, James Pex, a retired O.S.P. forensic scientist.
Pex was asked about the state’s criminologist report and said he agreed with the original draft from Dovci believing it was accurate.
The defense asked if a traumatic experience like this one could induce memory loss. The prosecution objected claiming the question was out of the purview of Pex’s expertise and the jury was taken from the room. Judge Hull soon sustained the objection and the jury returned.
After receiving a subpoena instructing him to produce photos of the evidence he took, they were given to both prosecution and defense teams. Mr. Pex was then excused and the trial recessed until 9:00 Friday morning.