The murder trial of a Minot man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death last August resumed this afternoon.
The trial was delayed by what the judge termed minor issues that had to be resolved in closed session this morning.
Jim Olson has been following the case and joins us live now.
Prosecutors focused on a key issue in the case Tuesday: that 25 year old Sharmaine Leake died because of the stab wound that Bradley Morales admits causing.
The prosecution brought up a paramedic, trauma surgeon, and another surgeon to drive home the point that Leake had bled so badly that night that her heard was no longer pumping blood when she arrived at the ER.
(Steven Wright, Paramedic) “She was no longer bleeding because there was no more blood left. Or there was inadequate pressure to pump it out.”
Prosecutors also asked the state medical examiner to say what his autopsy found as cause of death
Dr. William Messello said it was the stab wound to the neck.
The day ended with another delay – as the two sides argued over whether a prosecution witness who was presented as a blood spatter expert could be allowed to testify.
Judge Doug Mattson ruled he could not, forcing an end to the day’s testimony.
The prosecution is expected to rest its case tomorrow.
After that, the defense has indicated Morales would take the stand himself.
The trial is expected to conclude this week.
Morales faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder.