Calhoun Murder Trial Day Day Four

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

BONIFAY, FL 2/24/2012 -- Thursday's testimony began with one of Johnny Sketo Calhoun's former classmates Darren Batchelor. He became the second witness to place Calhoun at a gas station in the area the same weekend Mia Brown was murdered.

"Have you ever seen Mr. Calhoun at Ms. Sherry's store?," State Attorney Glenn Hess asked Batchelor.

"Yes sir I have," said Batchelor.

"How many times have you seen him there?," asked Hess.

"One," said Batchelor.

Alabama Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Boudreau, who performed Brown's autopsy, was next to testify. He told jurors Brown was alive when her murderer put her in the trunk of her own car and set it on fire.

"You can see soot embedded in the mucus blanket of the airway. What that does is tell you that this person was breathing smoke," said Boudreau.

Then Brittany Mixon, Calhoun's girlfriend in 2010, took the stand. She testified finding Brown's purse and someone's cigarettes and wine in Calhoun's trailer the weekend he and Brown disappeared.

"How long were you in that trailer?," Defense Attorney Kimberly Dowgul asked Mixon.

"Long enough to see the purse, get the purse, see the wine, get the wine and the cigarettes and get out," said Mixon.

Mixon denied planting any evidence, but during cross examination, the defense questioned her character.

"You were leading him on because he had money," said Dowgul.

"I could say I was leading him on because he had money, but Johhny Mack was my friend, and he was my best friend," said Mixon.

The state plans to call six more witnesses Friday, then rest its case. It's not clear if Calhoun will take the stand.


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