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The prosecutor was once again dogged and methodical in producing items of evidence that cumulatively added up to a small mountain. At one point, the scallop knife was placed on an evidence table within the defendant's reach, but he made no move to seize it and acted as if he were unaware of its position, even though the courtroom guards were unarmed. After lunch, there was a break in the testimony while a twenty-one minute video was shown without the accompanying audio, which the police official who had operated the camera described malapropistically as "extemporaneous noise." (He meant extraneous noise. Other Spoonerisms included the defense counsel's repeated use of "lay" for "lie" and the judge's daily confirmation that the jury remained "indifferent," legal jargon for impartial and unbiased.) The video depicted the victim's lifeless, bloodstained body lying on the floor of the living room after the objects that had been placed on her back had been removed, as well as bloodstains in other rooms and in both rental cars. Tellingly, several of the jurors averted their glances from the monitor, unable to look at the gory scenes. Especially in the absence of any expression of remorse or regret, this does not augur well for the defendant, who continued to direct his forlorn glances away from the courtroom drama. He even betrayed no reaction when some of his letters and emails to the victim were read aloud by his counsel. Examples: "And then it is the screaming, real or no, seems so" when the relationship was rocky; "Placid is the dull rose with the red sung through," when their love seemed to blossom. After the killing, the defendant is said to have lain on the victim's bed and rereadsome of these verses.
On the eighth day of the trial, the defendant and the jurors avoided looking at each other. Referring to the canine pills seized from the defendant's travel bag in Rhode Island, the defense attorney noted that sometimes people take them "to get high" and questioned whether the existence of the veterinarian who wrote the prescription had been verified. Also seized were the defendant's olive-green trenchcoat and gray overcoat, a dress shirt, a tie, and shoes; an amethyst ring; vitamins; various prescription medicines, most but not all Class E controlled substances, such as Zoloft antidepressant tablets and a tranquilizer that also acts as a venal block for pulse reduction; and a single condom. A press representative behind me commented, "He had a rolling drugstore."
A Nantucket airport employee reported that the defendant had accidentally walked into the ladies' room, perceived his mistake, turned and left. Prosecutor: "And what did you do next?" Witness, giggling: "I went to the bathroom."