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Lead detective testifies in ex-cop's murder trial

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez guided Det. Ken Porter through the crime scene. (Source: CBS 5 News) Prosecutor Juan Martinez guided Det. Ken Porter through the crime scene. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Porter described the inside of the small trailer the way investigators found it after Chrisman shot and killed Daniel Rodriguez . (Source: CBS 5 News) Porter described the inside of the small trailer the way investigators found it after Chrisman shot and killed Daniel Rodriguez . (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Week two of the murder trial for former Phoenix police Officer Richard Chrisman had the lead detective in the case on the stand all day Monday. 

Prosecutor Juan Martinez guided Detective Ken Porter through the crime scene, using photographs and diagrams. Porter described the inside of the small trailer the way investigators found it after Chrisman shot and killed Daniel Rodriguez and his dog after responding to a domestic violence call at Rodriguez's home.

Porter testified that the items on shelves and strewn around the trailer did not seem disturbed or moved or knocked over.  Except for one box of miscellaneous items that got tipped over, Porter said there did not appear to be signs of a struggle.   

Porter went step by step describing where the furniture was, where they found the body as well as where they recovered the shell casings from Chrisman's .40 caliber semi automatic handgun.  He also tracked the trajectories of one of the bullets said to have struck and killed Rodriguez's dog. 

The pictures were shown to jurors on a large screen in front of them and one smaller one to the jury's right side. Some of the crime scene photos showed the lifeless, bloodied body lying on the floor propped up by a chair. The dog was lying dead a few feet away. 

One of the photographs was a close-up of Rodriguez's left profile. Martinez asked Porter to identify a small discoloration on the left temple by the hairline.  Porter said he believed at the time it was a bruise. 

That testimony supports the key witness' statement that Chrisman shoved the muzzle of his gun into Rodriguez's left temple and forced his head down to try to get him to comply with their commands. 

During the more graphic photos, Elvira Fernandez, Rodriguez's mother, turned her head from the screen that faces the galley and gently wiped tears from her eyes. 

Defense attorney Craig Mehrens started his cross examination late in the day Monday.  Mehrens was just getting started when court adjourned for the day.  Cross examination will resume on Wednesday morning. 

Tuesday the jury will not hear any testimony. The attorney's will be in court to argue motions before the court.

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