Prosecutors in the trial of Michael Swanson continued linking evidence found in his vehicle to the killing of Humboldt convenience store clerk Sheila Myers during testimony Wednesday. Iowa Assistant Attorney General Becky Goettsch called D.C.I. special agent Jack Liao to the stand Wednesday morning.
Liao was part of the team that searched Swanson’s Jeep Grand Cherokee following his arrest by Webster City police. Liao testified taht evidence found in the jeep was the same evidence presented by the prosecution, including a 40-caliber pistol. The prosecution had presented evidence Tuesday that linked Swanson’s D.N.A. to the gun and shell casings at the scene of the crime. They also showed that Swanson’s fingerprints were on the shells.
State associate medical examiner, Dr. Michelle Catellier testified that Myers died due to a gunshot wound to the left side of the face.
Meanwhile, the defense is not claiming Swanson didn’t do it — they’re claiming he was insane.
Swanson’s mother, Kathleen Swanson took the stand Wednesday afternoon. She told jurors how problematic his childhood was. He was diagnosed with ADHD and conduct disorder at the age of 3. She said his turbulent childhood included behavioral problems, school suspensions, and inpatient psychiatric care and noted that she just didn’t know what to do. She says daycare providers wouldn’t take him because of behavioral problems, and that he hardly slept.
The Kossuth County trial, where Swanson will be tried for killing Algona convenience store clerk Vicky Bowman Hall starts July 26 in Rock Rapids.
RadioIowa contributed to this report.
By Scott Van Aartsen
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