CSI takes over Verma trial
Sep 21, 2013 / 7:37 am
A forensic specialist who photographed the scene where Brittney Irving’s body was found corroborated some prior testimony and seemingly connected a few dots, as the second week of Joelon Verma’s first-degree murder trial wrapped up.
Corporal Craig Van Every arrived at the crime scene just before noon on April 26, 2010; his role was to capture the scene via photography and then later inspect the truck crown alleges Verma drove, after he killed her.
There was some discussion as to whether Van Every could be considered an expert witness as Verma’s defence counsel was not convinced, but that submission was overturned by Madam Justice Alison J. Beames, and Van Every’s testimony was presented to the jury.
Van Every testified that Irving was laying on her back when he arrived, with her head leaning up against a small tree and her legs spread slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
The oversized plaid green jacket she wore was only buttoned at the top and had a brown stain on the front shoulder area. When asked, Van Every noted that Irving’s clothing did not seem to fit.
“It also appeared to be big in nature, big in size,” he said, referring to the jacket. He made the same comments about her shoes.
“They just appeared to be a very big shoe for her size.
The court previously heard that the white and red shoes found on Irving’s feet were a men’s size 11. Van Every was struck by the cleanliness of the shoes, saying they appeared brand new, with a clean tread on the bottom displaying no signs of the forested area where her body was discovered.
When Irving’s body was rolled over, Van Every testified that the ground underneath her body was darker than the surrounding area and appeared to be wet. There was a small pile of snow beneath her too.
He also noticed that a small tree near Irving’s body had been freshly broken in half, approximately four feet off the ground
Approximately one month after Irving’s body was found, Van Every was on hand to inspect a truck that had been seized by police. The officer testified that he did not find any fingerprints, but did discover a drop of blood; however the court has not heard whom that blood may belong to. He also tested the tire impressions of the truck and concluded they are similar to tracks found near Irving’s vehicle, which was found abandoned on Philpott Road.
Under cross examination, Van Every admitted that does not give “conclusive” evidence, and in fact agreed that the tracks could have been made by many types of trucks that sport the same tires.
The trial continues on Monday.
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