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During a jury trial on Nov. 27, the prosecution introduced expert witnesses to testify about a homicide.
Marquette Jordan, 32, is charged with second-degree murder while armed, assault, and carrying a dangerous weapon outside of a home or business with a prior felony for his alleged connection to the fatal stabbing of 40-year-old Ivan Lynch on April 30, 2018 at the 900 block of 5th Street, SE.
Jordan is being retried after a jury was unable to agree on the murder charge but convicted him on the lesser counts in April of 2022.
The prosecution called a K-9 handler. who did not locate a suspect, but did find the victim’s cell phone in the middle of a sidewalk. The prosecution called a digital evidence analyst, who identified a device’s as Lynch’s iPhone.
Meanwhile, some of the body-worn footage from the officers investigating the scene had garbled audio, so only the video was ruled admissible.
Defense attorney Camille Wagner made the point that according to body-worn footage one of the officer’s “mood was light.” He said that was because he didn’t know the severity of the crime at that point.
Later in the footage, officers handcuffed an individual who was “not in a normal state” and “very irate.” It was determined that individual was not a suspect and he was scheduled to testify on Monday but missed his flight. Prosecutors hope to get him on the stand later.
The final witness was an investigator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He explained the video compilation he put together shows the surveillance footage in chronological order indicating the path the defendant took after leaving the 900 block of 5th street.
The parties will continue the jury trial on Nov 28.Follow this case