ME testifies cloth tie could have been used in 2009 Cedar Park capital murder
A Williamson County jury now has a better idea of how Jessika Kalaher died. On Wednesday prosecutors continued to pile on the evidence to make their case against Crispin Harnel who is charged in her death.
First they brought back the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Kalaher in 2009. Former Travis County Chief ME David Dolinak testified about how Kalaher had been strangled and specifically the distinctive mark it left on her neck. He noted, “It was irregular. It had little rough marks coming off the side of it when it crossed the neck. It told me it was some type of cloth."
Earlier prosecutors had shown a photograph of Kalaher wearing the same swimsuit cover she was seen wearing the day she was killed. And today prosecutors showed the ME a similar item. He agreed with suggestions that the cloth tie used on swimsuit cover could possibly leave a mark consistent with the ligature marks that he saw on Kalaher.
Then prosecutors then put Cedar Park Police Detective Larry Bond on the stand. He talked about tracking down the pickup seen in the Walmart parking lot minutes before Kalaher disappeared. He says they found the truck, but it had been altered. He testified, “The large silver chrome piece across the tailgate that we had seen on the surveillance video was no longer there. It was just completely gone." He also noted the rims had been painted black.
The jurors also heard a police interview where Harmel is heard saying he had met Kahaler through a dating app. That is something a close family member had testified earlier Kalaher would never do.