The testimony phase in what may be the longest-running Juneau trial in recent memory may be winding down.
Superior Judge Philip Pallenberg made a bold prediction to jurors that they may begin deliberations as soon as Thursday in the David Paul homicide case.
One of the last major witnesses took the stand on Wednesday for the defense. But public defender Eric Hedland may have one more witness lined up before he rests his case. It’s also unclear whether Paul himself will testify on his own behalf. Then, the defense and prosecution will present closing arguments before the case goes to the jury.
Wednesday marked the seventeenth day of the trial in which Paul is accused of abusing and causing the death of a four-month old baby, Rian Orr.
Paul’s defense presented portions of recorded phone calls with the baby’s mother Jaki Orr while he was jailed at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The selected clips are intended to show his state of mind in allegedly admitting to investigators that he accidentally dropped the baby.
A Nevada psychology professor also testified on Wednesday about how police interrogation techniques are designed to elicit an eventual response from someone, regardless if they are guilty or innocent.
(Editor’s note: Name of attorney has been corrected.)
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.