Position to ask for mistrial


UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: An ER doctor is on the stand, saying more than 20 people from Twin Peaks were admitted to Hillcrest hospital. Many had gun and knife wounds.

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Gotro’s assistant defense attorney is cross-examining Jacobson now. This is the first time he’s taken over in this trial.

UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: The jury is back in the courtroom after an afternoon recess.

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The Christopher Jacob Carrizal Trial is now in Day 13.

On Friday morning, the media room was temporarily used for a meeting with court officials.

Attorneys discussed evidence with the judge while the jury was not in the courtroom.

Carrizal and his attorney are using their own laptop in court today. Usually he only has a pen and paper. 

The judge allowed a recess before the jury walked into the courtroom to give Gotro time to listen to some recordings. The media room was made available soon thereafter.

Gotro asked the judge to request any officers involved in this case to produce any and all information they have – such as notes and recordings.

The judge said the officers must get a request today. The jury entered the courtroom.

Sgt. Keith Vaughan went back on the witness stand. He spoke about how he documented his pieces of evidence. 

Gotro asked Vaughan about labeling evidence and how he determined if it should be labeled “Twin Peaks” or “officer-involved shooting” evidence.

Vaughan said Don Carlos was considered a crime scene because the cars which were parked had their windows shot, plus a body and weapons were found in the parking lot.

Vaughan said he had his Crime Scene Unit techs go inside Don Carlos to check for evidence, but they didn’t find anything.

Gotro asked Vaughan about camera footage collected from Don Carlos.

Gotro played a video and asked Vaughan about crime scene tape on the vehicles and motorcycles. She wanted to know if they were searched prior to the crime tape being put on.

Vaughan said they had crime tape because it may have had weapons inside. Gotro then asked about motorcycles with open saddle bags.

Vaughan said he doesn’t know why they are open, but says some bikers had medicine and officers retrieved it for them. But he doesn’t know which motorcycles they retrieved it from. The video showed rows of motorcycles with open saddle bags.

Gotro asked Vaughan why his second video is shakier than the first. He said because he was tired.

The prosecutors showed the jury the items recovered from the body of Bandido Manuel Rodriguez. 

Gotro had a picture of Jesus Rodriguez’s body on the big screen, and asked about items he was wearing. Vaughan said he was not part of a motorcycle club.

After a lunch recess, ATF Firearms/Tool Mark Examiner John Jacobson took the stand. He is from South Africa.

Jacobson explained how a firearm functions.

Jacobson said working on firearms collected from Twin Peaks was the most he’s ever done at once – 154 firearms. He said he test-fired all firearms, some more than twice. He said this took nearly a year, and that he did this in a laboratory in California.

Jacobson said 12 firearms were fired out of the 154 collected at Twin Peaks.

The state showed Jacobson a beretta handgun found in the back of an SUV he tested. He said it shot one bullet and two cartridges.

Jacobson said his job is not to determine who shot the firearms or which body the bullet was recovered from.

The prosecutors showed the jury the firearms Jacobson says was fired at Twin Peaks one by one. 

Jacobson is still on the stand, and the prosecutors just finished showing the jury all 12 guns.

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