CSI AT APARTMENT
Under questioning by Gieger, Yardley, a 33-year veteran with the Edmond Police Department, said he had worked about 1,500-1,700 crime scenes during that period.
On Oct. 13, 2009, Yardley responded to a child not breathing call at the Rolling Green apartments. He went to the hospital where he took photographs of the wounds on Jolen’s neck, jawline, forehead and back. Yardley also collected what Jolen was wearing, a “onesie.”
Yardley described how the item was dried with a custom dryer to preserve any bodily fluids, including blood, that might have gotten on it. The evidence bag was then sealed to prevent contamination and sent to the OSBI lab for analysis. That included cutting material from the item potentially containing some of the preserved bodily fluid.
Gieger put on gloves, removed the toddler’s clothing from the evidence bag and showed it to Yardley and the jury. Gieger mentioned a spot on the “onesie” that he said in the form of a question could have been caused by bodily fluid, including blood.
After leaving the hospital, Yardley returned to Edmond and photographed the apartment at 1:05 a.m. The apartment had been preserved by a police officer guarding the front door, Yardley said.
Gieger had Yardley review his photographs of the interior of the two-bedroom apartment. He also reviewed his crime scene sketch.
Then Gieger introduced photographs, including close-ups, of 16 items, spots on walls including the living room Yardley said could be blood or some other bodily fluid. He took the recommended single swab of each spot, packaged them and sent them to the OSBI for analysis.
Gieger and defense attorney James Hughes used different examples to illustrate potential scenarios causing the spots on the walls. Gieger’s involved an adult holding a child that was swung through the air. Hughes’ involved two adult males and one of them punching the other.
Hughes also spent some time on an image containing a close-up of a small circular spot on a wall. Under questioning, Yardley said the shape of the spot indicated that it had come on a 90-degree trajectory before hitting the wall. Some of the other small spots in different areas were more linear in appearance.
Under questioning by Hughes, Yardley said he thoroughly examined each room from the carpeted floors to the ceiling and every item in between. Yardley said he found no potential blood or other bodily fluid except for the 16 spots.
Gieger and Hughes also dueled about the degree of bleeding that would cause such spotting.
Testimony was expected to continue Friday. Several doctors were scheduled to testify for the state. After the state rests its case, the main defense witness is expected to be the defendant.