Olsen Murder Trial: Day 2

Graphic and gruesome pictures of the crime scene on Oak Hollow Drive and of the victim's autopsy were introduced Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Christian Olsen.

By the end of the day, the state had rested its case. Wednesday, the defense will begin its portion of the case.

Olsen pleaded not guilty on Monday. The state is seeking the death penalty, the first time Brazos County has done so since a 2002 murder in the county.

The ten women and four men who make up the jury were shown dozens of photographs taken in early June 2007 shortly after the murder of 68-year-old Etta Jean Westbrook in her Bryan home.

The state contends Olsen killed his neighbor, then took her credit card from her purse and used it at stores around town.

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Among the pictures were shots of Westbrook's body lying face down in her living room. A large blood stain was on the floor next to the woman.

More shots showed extensive wounds on the victim's head.

There were also pictures of other evidence found around the house, including blood drops and hair.

The state believes Olsen was returning a baking pan on the afternoon of June 3, 2007, when he grabbed a metal object from Westbrook's garage and beat the woman to death.

Later in the day, dozens of autopsy photos were shown to jurors, showing more than two-dozen individual wounds to Westbrook's head. A medical examiner who studied Westbrook's injuries said she could have died from the head injuries, strangulation or a combination of the two.

The woman's neck injuries were consistent with her having been strangled. The examiner could not say whether the blows to the head or the strangling came first.

Also testifying Tuesday was a DNA expert who said Olsen's blood was at the scene of the crime.

During Monday's proceedings, a video from a police interview with Olsen showed the defendant confessing to killing Westbrook. He said he had washed up a cut he suffered in the attack at a bathroom sink in the Westbrook home.


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