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« Reply #340 on: May 09, 2018, 07:34:20 PM »

https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/crime/blog-day-2-of-jessica-heeringa-murder-trial/69-550244336

BLOG: Day 2 of Jessica Heeringa murder trial
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson is expected to call more than 30 witnesses in total.
Author:   Kayla Fortney 
Published:   8:27 AM EDT May 9, 2018 
Updated:   6:02 PM EDT May 9, 2018
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« Reply #341 on: May 10, 2018, 01:34:44 PM »

Live updates at the link

http://www.woodtv.com/news/jeffrey-willis-investigation/day-3-of-testimony-in-jessica-heeringa-trial/1170594008

WATCH LIVE: Willis trial for Heeringa murder turns to DNA
By: 24 Hour News 8 web staff
Updated: May 10, 2018 02:08 PM EDT

>>App users: Watch testimony streaming live on woodtv.com here.

The latest in the trial of Jeffrey Willis, who is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa:

2 p.m. – Hayhurst said pink panties tested positive for semen, which was then subjected to a DNA test.

Hayhurst says DNA collected from the ball on the ballgag matched Willis.

Hayhurst says a sex toy tested positive for DNA of two people, but the “major donor” wasn’t Willis, Rebekah Bletsch, Jessica Heeringa or MJN. The “minor contributor” was too small a sample to compare.

Hayhurst says DNA collected from the interior of a leather restraint matched Willis.

Hayhurst said DNA collected from the muzzle and interior area of the Walther P22 matched Willis.
 
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« Reply #342 on: May 11, 2018, 03:46:26 PM »

Live updates at the link

http://www.woodtv.com/news/jeffrey-willis-investigation/jeffrey-willis-jessica-heeringa-trial-testimony-day-4/1172342639

WATCH LIVE: Expert details Willis' murder-porn collection
By: 24 Hour News 8 web staff
Updated: May 11, 2018 04:17 PM EDT

>>App users: Watch testimony streaming live on woodtv.com here.

The latest in Jeffrey Willis’ trial for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa:

4:15 p.m. – Corporal Christopher Hare, who accompanied Sgt. Baker on following up on the Jeffrey Willis tip, is testifying.

He says Willis met the officers on his front porch. Hare said Willis acknowledged Heeringa was working when he went to the gas station. He told Hare he knew her and was familiar with her, but they didn’t have a relationship.

Hare also recounts what Willis said he did the night Heeringa disappeared – played in a Magic: The Gathering tournament, went home, left for his grandfather’s house to get a board for a dog kennel, picked up Taco Bell then came home.

Hare says he was not shown or offered Willis’ cellphone during that encounter.

Hare says they noticed the interior of the minivan was “pristine… cleaned.”

Prosecutor D.J. Hilson plays the two messages Hare left for Willis’ then-wife. She previously testified in the Bletsch murder case that she never heard those messages.
 
 
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« Reply #343 on: May 15, 2018, 03:53:45 PM »

Live updates at the link

http://www.woodtv.com/news/jeffrey-willis-investigation/jeffrey-willis-jessica-heeringa-trial-testimony-day-5/1175634436

Day 5 of Willis trial testimony focuses on grandfather's home
By:  24 Hour News 8 web staff 
Updated: May 15, 2018 04:37 PM EDT

(WOOD) — The latest in the trial of Jeffrey Willis, who is charged with kidnapping and murdering Jessica Heeringa:

4 p.m. –The judge has called an end to testimony for the day, citing a sick juror. The trial is expected to resume at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.


>>App users: Watch Tuesday afternoon's testimony here.

3:30 p.m.– Kasher said Heeringa was a beautiful poet and her journal consisted of poems and feelings. Nothing in it pointed to a suspect.

Kasher said the journal focused on how to take care of her son, wishing for a better life, but calling him the best decision she’s ever made and the greatest thing that happened to her.

He said Heeringa talked about running away and having a better life in the journal, but there was no concrete plan. He says the next week she’d write “life is good, life is sweet.”

“I think it’s something we all go through in life,” said Kasher, adding it wasn’t a downward slide, but “up days and down days.”

Kasher says in the journal, Heeringa talked about making a better life for her son.

The judge orders a 10 minute break.
 
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« Reply #344 on: May 16, 2018, 09:51:23 AM »

http://www.woodtv.com/news/jeffrey-willis-investigation/jeffrey-willis-jessica-heeringa-trial-testimony-day-6/1181072698

WATCH LIVE: Jessica Heeringa murder trial nearing end
By:  24 Hour News 8 web staff 
Updated: May 16, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

>>App users: Watch testimony streaming live hereon woodtv.com.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Jeffrey Willis' murder trial will resume Wednesday with more testimony from the lead detective on the Jessica Heeringa case.

Willis is accused of kidnapping Heeringa, 25, from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked in April 2013 and killing her. Her body has not been found.

Norton Shores Police Department Lt. Mike Kasher is the prosecution's last witness. He was questioned by Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson Tuesday afternoon and will be cross-examined by Public Defender Fred Johnson Wednesday.

After the prosecution rests, the defense will have the opportunity to call witnesses. Johnson said he advised his client not to testify in his own defense. It's the same recommendation he made during Willis' last trial for the June 2014 murder of Rebekah Bletsch, but Willis chose to take the stand anyway.

Willis, who's already serving a life sentence for Bletsch's murder, previously told Target 8 that he didn't kill her or Heeringa.

Judge William Marietti expected testimony to wrap up Wednesday morning and closing arguments to be made in the afternoon, after which the case will go the jury.
 

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« Reply #345 on: May 16, 2018, 06:25:45 PM »

Guilty!   

http://www.woodtv.com/news/jeffrey-willis-investigation/verdict-reached-in-jessica-heeringa-murder-trial/1181626362

Jeffrey Willis guilty of murdering Jessica Heeringa
By:  24 Hour News 8 web staff 
Updated: May 16, 2018 07:09 PM EDT

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Five years after Jessica Heeringa vanished from a Norton Shores gas station, Jeffrey Willis has been convicted killing her.

After only about an hour and a half of deliberation Wednesday, a Muskegon County jury found Willis guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Wills, who was in good spirits throughout most of the trial, listened with no expression on his face as the verdict was read. His head dropped only briefly once the bailiff finished announcing it.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 12. First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Willis is already serving a life sentence for the 2014 murder of Rebekah Blestch. He has denied murdering either woman.
 
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