Week 2 of the Christian Olsen capital murder trial began Monday with more testimony in the punishment phase about a second murder the 21-year-old is accused of, along with more gruesome photos and two young witness who knew about one of Olsen's alleged murders.
It took less than three days for a jury to decide that Olsen had brutally murdered his 68-year-old neighbor, Etta Jean Westbrook, back in 2007. Now, those same 12 people will decide whether he will die for his crimes, which the state is seeking.
Monday, the state continued its presentations in the punishment phase, including information on the Geraldine Lloyd murder, which Olsen is also accused of, a murder that authorities say took place months prior to the Westbrook murder, but one that was found after Westbrook.
To follow all the courtroom drama, log on to KBTX.com Monday morning to join Steve Fullhart's live blog, where you'll get up to the second updates on the proceedings, which get underway at 8:30 a.m.
The defense has said it will show jurors that it was Olsen's 42-year-old girlfriend, the daughter of Lloyd, Kelly Sifuentez, that corrupted the young man, and that his life should be spared.
First on the stand Monday for the state was Glynda Williams with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. A worker at the jail, Williams said Olsen had noted to her on one occasion that Sifuentez was with him at the time that he buried Lloyd in her backyard.
Olsen, Sifuentez, her two children and Lloyd all lived together across the street from Westbrook on Oak Hollow Drive in Bryan.
Also Monday, witness Seth Becerra testified about Kelly Sifuentez's daughter, Melissa, and a phone call he received. The date was in question. Becerra, who was dating Melissa, said he went to her home, sat in a room with Kelly, Melissa and Olsen, and was told by Kelly that Olsen had killed Lloyd and buried her.
When asked why he didn't come forward, Becerra said he was scared, but now regrets his choice.
Later in the day, Melissa was called to testify. She said she had been stealing from her grandmother in the last months of her life like Kelly and Olsen had been. She said the day after Olsen murdered Lloyd, she was told about it by her mother.
When asked why she didn't go to police, Melissa said her mother had told her not to. The younger Sifuentez testified that she had lied to police about her grandmother's whereabouts in order to protect her mother.
Melissa also testified that she never spoke with Olsen about the murder of her grandmother. When asked why, she said because it would have upset her.
Melissa said she did not ever see the body of her grandmother. She said the night the murder would have taken place (late December 2006 or early January 2007, as testified to), Kelly Sifuentez was sleeping with Melissa and her other child, Kevin, in Kelly's room.
The medical examiner who looked over the body of Westbrook also performed the autopsy on Lloyd. David Dolinak showed jurors pictures of Lloyd's body, including photos of her head that showed massive damage. At least two blows to the head caused extensive fracturing that was the cause of her death, Dolinak said.
The examiner noted that while Bryan authorities believed Lloyd had been buried for six months, the state of the body was such that she could have died just a few weeks or upwards of a couple of years before his autopsy.
The state is using Lloyd's murder as part of its presentation to show a pattern of behavior by Olsen that would warrant him receiving the death penalty.
Testimony continues Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the 361st District Court.
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