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Kathryn Cross, a Forensic Biologist and DNA specialist for National Medical Services took the stand after lunch in the Roseboro trial. Her testimony was stronger than the previous DNA specialist with the State Police Crime lab.
She too found a mix of Jan Roseboro’s and Mike Roseboro’s DNA under swabs from under Jan’s fingernails. She indicated a statistical percentage of over 99.99% among caucasin males that the DNA was Mike Roseboro’s. She went into detail on how the DNA might have gotten under Jan’s nails and said it had to involve more than casual contact. She indicated it would have been a forceful contact that would have left a scratch that drew blood or at least left a mark on Roseboro.
DA Stedman showed her two photographs of Roseboro’s face with scratches on it taken after the murder. She said they were consistent with the kind of marks she felt would have been required for Jan to get his DNA under her nails and have it survive being in the water.
The photographs of Mike’s face were not shown to the jury. The DA indicated that will be done with the next witness to testify today after the afternoon break.
I will not be in the courtroom this afternoon. In fact, today was my last day of live coverage from Lancaster.
Please check back later this evening.
Posted on July 23rd, 2009 8 comments
In the only interesting testimony this morning, it appears Michael Roseboro began to disguise his affair with Angela Funk within hours after Jan’s murder.
Pastor Dennis Trout testified that he went to the Roseboro home shortly after Jan’s body was discovered. He testified he had an early morning conversation with Roseboro. Roseboro told him about the renewal of their wedding vows he had been planning for Jan and told Trout, “He had made arrangements with a woman down the street regarding the ceremony.”
“Did he tell you her name?” Stedman asked. “No,” Trout testified.
Under cross examination by Sodomsky, Trout said that when he arrived at the house, he “embraced Mike. We hugged He seemed to weep on my shoulder,” Trout testified.
Stedman crossed and asked Trout, “You are saying Mike Roseboro showed emotion on two occasions - one, at the house when a lot of people were around, and two, at her funeral, also when a lot of people were around?”
He came back to Funk. “He never mentioned who Angela Funk was?” Stedman asked Trout. “No,” Trout said.
“So the defendant was lying to you?” Stedman asked. “That’s correct,” Trout testified.
“He lied to you about the affair?” Stedman asked. Trout agreed. He told Trout that a few hours after Trout’s meeting with Roseboro, Mike would call Angela Funk and tell her he ‘needs to be in her arms.’
“You don’t know Mike Roseboro at all?” Stedman asked. “Not in those circumstances,” Trout responded.
Testimony bogged down for the rest of the morning as East Cocalico Detective Larry Martin returned to the stand. Stedman asked him repeated questions about the outside lighting at the Roseboro home and all the controls and switches that controlled the lights. This involved numerous display boards and 21 photographs handed individually from juror to juror.
Yes, it would be extremely difficult for anyone unfamiliar with all the switches and their various locations to turn off the lights. The problem is – the prosecution hasn’t yet proven they were turned off.
Under Sodomsky’s cross examination, he got into a lengthy question and answer session with Martin about when the scene was declared a “crime scene” and “secured.” Stedman recrossed and said it was a “little thing called the Constitution” that prevented them from sealing off the Roseboro home earlier.
It got into technical questions regarding the Constitution, probable cause, search warrants and “crime scenes.” Judge Cullen interrupted several times and explained to the jury what is necessary under the Constitution to seize and search property.
It reached a point of absurdity with Sodomsky pushing Martin for no apparent reason other than to make it appear that the East Cocalico Police blew the investigation. This took up at least an hour of time and was still being discussed as court broke for lunch. In fact, after the jury had been taken out but everyone else remained, Judge Cullen called Sodomsky and Stedman to the bench for a five minute consultation.
You could hear Sodomsky continuing to say “crime scene” and Stedman repeating that the term “crime scene” means nothing unless you had a Judge’s order to seize the property and conduct a search. Judge Cullen needs to call a halt to this now and keep this trial moving.
Posted on July 23rd, 2009 16 comments
District Attorney Craig Stedman lost a major piece of his murder plan in the trial of Michael Roseboro yesterday. Two witnesses who testified about the lights being out in the Roseboro’s back yard and pool area were not creditble and defense attorney Allan Sodomsky nullified their testimony.
Do not believe today’s New Era story, niether Jill Showalter nor neighbor September Malamon remained credible after Sodomsky’s cross examination. In fact, Malamon’s “scream in the night” testimony was laughable at best.
*And the New Era left out a possibly very signifcant fact regarding Garry Frees, who testified that Roseboro had an “oozing” wound. Frees testified he is the boyfriend of Suzie Van Zant, Jan Roseboro’s sister. Sodomsky asked, “It was oozing?” “Yes,” Frees said. He stated Roseboro was “dabbing” at it with his finger. “Did he have a tissue or hanky?” Sodomsky asked. “No,” Frees said. “So it just stayed [the blood] on his finger?” Sodomsky asked. “I guess so,” Frees testified, “unless he wiped his finger.”
Please check back today over lunch for more details and today’s testimony in the trial of Michael Roseboro for the murder of his wife, Jan.
Posted on July 22nd, 2009 66 comments
Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman referenced the “condom malfunction” that resulted in a baby for Angie Funk and Mike Roseboro several times this morning in his murder triaL.
Stedman got some shots in, and if nothing else, finally exposed Angela Funk’s – and Mike Roseboro’s – total lack of any moral compass and behavior void of any thought of the consequences on their families and friends.
Funk is oblivious to insults and common sense and continues to exhibit absolutely mindless behavior and responses.
“I will always love him,” She said again today of Roseboro. “He’s the father of my son,” she continued.
“Is that the only reason?” Stedman asked.
“I can’t just turn my feelings off,” Angie whined almost a year after the affair and Jan’s murder.
“You care for him very deeply?” Stedman asked.
“Yes,” Angie said.
And so it went, as Stedman tried his hardest to find a shred of a moral core or honesty in this woman.
In one pointed exchange, Stedman said, “Jan Roseboro was barely dead and you’re kissing the defendant. You’re making out with him.”
It made about as deep an impression on Angie as the condom malfunction.
He tried again. “In the summer of 2008 you had a husband and two kids and you say you didn’t want to hurt them?” he asked. “You knew this would hurt them. People are hurt on both sides. Everyone gets hurt. You knew this.”
“Affairs are quite selfish aren’t they?” Stedman asked. “Yes,” Angie answered. “You have children,” Stedman said. “You knew they would be hurt.” “Yes,” was all Angie said.
Stedman came to the condom malfunction. He said both Angie and Mike knew there was a chance that meant Angie had gotten pregnant.
“I didn’t give it a thought,” Angie testified.
Stedman asked, “You didn’t give it one single thought the whole time? This could be world shattering? Your husband had a vascetomy right?” he asked.
“Yes,” said Angie.
“So if you got pregnant you’d have a lot of explaining to do,” Stedman said.
“Yes,” Angie said.
Angie did discuss her “change of heart” again today regarding her husband Randy and their family. “I owe it to my family to try and make my marriage work out,” she sniffled.
At one point Stedman asked Funk whether it was “fair to say you are fed up with this whole situation.”
She said “Yes,” and sniffled again.
Then she sat there with a blank look on her face failing to see or own up to her role in this tragedy and the endless lives it negatively impacts.
Angie Funk believes she did nothing wrong. Sitting and listening to this souless creature for the last two days has been one of the most disturbing experiences I’ve had in many years.