Judge admits key evidence, including purchase of an electric knife, in Kimberly Kessler trial

Judge admits key evidence, including purchase of an electric knife, in Kimberly Kessler trial

The judge in the trial of Kimberly Kessler, accused of killing her co-worker Joleen Cummings, refused the defense’s request to suppress evidence the state says is necessary to understand how Cummings died.

The state wanted to tell the jury how investigators said Kessler went to Walmart the night Cummings was last seen alive and bought an electric knife, cleaning gloves and heavy-duty trash bags.

Cummings’ body has not been found, but investigators have found a large amount of blood evidence at the Tangles hair salon, where Cummings and Kessler worked together, and have surveillance video showing Kessler placing bags containing something in a trash container. The knife was not found either.

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The defense argued that since no one could say how Cummings died, the items would encourage the jury to speculate that the electric knife was the murder weapon and would inflame the jurors’ emotions.

The judge ruled that the prosecution could tell the jury about the items Kessler bought because of their evidentiary value. These purchases were recorded on video surveillance in the store.

Kessler is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday for the final pre-trial hearing. Her trial is still scheduled for 6 December.

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