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Crime/Courts

June 10, 2014

Jurors expected to deliberate in murder trial

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When Strickland was asked if he could identify the man who came down the stairs that morning with long, black hair covered in blood, Strickland motioned toward the defendant, Eddie Thompson. Strickland said the most noticeable difference of Thompson’s appearance was that he now has much shorter hair.

Porter also testified about phone records he obtained, mainly from Hawks’ cell phone. The records showed that Hawks contacted both Thompson and Shepherd, also known as Mac Dre, on Aug. 31 with numerous calls starting shortly after 2 a.m. and ending around 2:45 a.m.

Porter said there was no contact during the time the homicide was believed to have occurred and then a long string of phone calls between 3:51 and 4:04 a.m.

The large volume of calls was consistent with the two male suspects not being in the vehicle with Hawks, he said. Video footage from Strozewski’s neighbor also shows the white Buick traveling southbound past the home around 3:01 a.m. and then again traveling northbound around 3:30 a.m. before police officers passed it, Porter said.

When defense attorney Kevin Finlay asked if Porter knew if that was a consistent call pattern for Thompson and Hawks, Porter said no.

The phone records also corroborated with Thompson’s sister, Clarissa Miller’s, statement to police about Hawks calling her around 5 a.m. the morning of the homicide, asking if Thompson was home. Miller also told police Shepherd admitted to being involved in the incident but escaped before police saw him, court records show.

Porter said when he listened to the 911 call, she told dispatch there were two men — one who was inside her father’s bedroom fighting with him and one in her little brother’s bedroom.

To close the day, Dr. Inis Yacoub took the stand. Yacoub is a forensic pathologist with the State Medical Examiner’s Office who performed the autopsy on Strozewski and determined his cause and manner of death.

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