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Christopher Vaughn Trial: Day 16

Updated: October 14, 2012 1:43PM

Christopher Vaughn Trial: Day 16

◆ Blood stain pattern analyst Paul Kish testified Kimberly Vaughn was shot to death before Christopher Vaughn was wounded, contradicting Vaughn’s version of the shootings that left his family dead on June 14, 2007. Kish said his conclusion was based on the “facts of the case,” leading Vaughn’s defense attorneys to object and ask for a mistrial. Judge Daniel Rozak denied the request.

◆ Ballistics expert Matthew Noedel testified it was possible for someone to reach around Kimberly Vaughn as she sat in the passenger seat of the family SUV and shoot into the back seat where the children were killed. Someone doing so would still be able to reach close enough to cause the close-range injuries investigators found on the children’s bodies.

◆ Kish testified that Christopher Vaughn’s statement to police about how the shooting occurred did not match up blood evidence he examined in this case. Vaughn’s blood was found on Kimberly’s seatbelt, on the side of her shorts and in the floor area between her feet. Kimberly’s blood was also found on Christopher’s jacket. He claims he was out of the vehicle when she was shot.

◆ Wednesday: Prosecutors expect to rest their case. Defense attorneys then will likely call their own ballistics expert to testify.

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