Prosecution rests in Wacht trialCooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) - The jury in the Daniel Wacht murder trial could get the case as early as tomorrow. Today the prosecution rested six days after the trial started.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY
The jury in the Daniel Wacht murder trial could get the case as early as tomorrow. Today the prosecution rested six days after the trial started. Wacht is accused of shooting and decapitating Cooperstown native and NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson on New Year's Eve 2010.
Family of Daniel Wacht's roommate Russel Chamberlin were the first witnesses that took the stand today for the prosecution. Chamberlin's mother was asked about a pair of soiled gloves she found while cleaning the house weeks after the BCI had searched it.
Steve Mottinger - Defense Attorney: "Do you find it odd that those gloves were in the kitchen drawer?
Carrie Swanson - Prosecution Witness: “Yeah, I guess it kind of wigged us out a little bit because it was where he came up from the cellar."
Prosecutor Marina Spahr asked Wacht's acquaintances Alexa Chamberlin and her husband Joe Dalhberg about their separate visits to Wacht's house while he was home just days after New Year’s Eve, the night that Kurt Johnson went missing.
Alexa Chamberlin – Prosecution Witness: "And that the house smelled clean. It had been cleaned. Like floor cleaner."
Wacht helped Chamberlin and Dalhberg move just two days after New Year's Eve.
Marina Spahr – State’s Attorney: "Was there anything unusual about Daniel when he helped you move?"
Joe Dalhberg - Prosecution Witness: "He was pretty speedy about it. He agreed to help me and he agreed to help get the big stuff loaded up."
Witnesses say on New Year's Eve Kurt Johnson, who was very intoxicated, was helped into Wacht's van. Wacht told authorities he dropped Johnson off in downtown Cooperstown because he didn't know where Johnson lived. A friend of Johnson testified that wasn't true. He said had seen Wacht at Johnson's home while watching a football game in the fall of 2010.
Patrick MrozIa – Friend of Kurt Johnson: “Read in the paper that he said he has never been to Kurt's house so I called the sheriff right away.”
The prosecution rested its case with BCI Agent Shelby Franklin. This was the first time he showed the Jury a knife found in Wacht's kitchen, but admitted the state lab never found any blood or DNA on knife.
The defense has witnesses scheduled for tomorrow morning, and defense attorney Steve Mottinger says he expects to finish with all three of them tomorrow.