“It seems to be the same every time,” he said.
Patrick Heitfeld, a police officer for the city of Jeffersonville, was the second person the prosecution called as a witness.
Heitfeld said in court that he was the first officer to arrive at the scene, and about 45 minutes of footage from his body camera was shown.
Body camera footage showed that Jessey was upset and emotional. On the video, he is heard telling the police that he and Jasmine had a fight before she died and that he saw her put a gun to her head. Officer Heitfeld said that when he got to the scene, the suspect was holding Jasmine’s head and there was blood and a gun on the ground.
He said he moved the gun because he “didn’t want the gun to be in play” at the scene.
During cross-examination, the defence lawyer, David Mosley, asked Heitfeld a lot of questions about how the police collected evidence at the scene. He also asked Heitfeld if he saw blood in a sink inside the house on Kerry Ann Way. Heitfeld said he didn’t.
After lunch, the prosecution called Jasmine’s father, James Cochran, as the third witness.
Lowe asked Cochran to confirm that Jasmine used her right hand more than her left and to pick her out of a picture. Cochran said that the woman in the picture was right-handed.
The defence didn’t question Cochran back.
Logan Bensing, a police officer in Jeffersonville, was the fourth person called to testify for the prosecution.
He said in court that when he got to Kerry Ann Way, he started securing the scene and making a log, which included taking photos of the crime scene.
During cross-examination, the defence also asked Bensing if the gun was handled correctly after it was used. One of the photos taken at the scene of the crime showed the gun with its chamber open. Bensing said they shouldn’t have opened it.
Then, Jeffersonville Police Detective Josh Schiller, the fifth witness called by the prosecution, was called to the stand. Schiller said he was called to the scene to take care of it and picked up the revolver to bring it back to the Jeffersonville Police Department.
He said that tests were done on the gun, and when the prosecution showed him pieces of evidence from the scene, like bullet fragments, he was able to identify them. Schiller also said in court that he was at the autopsy of Jasmine as part of the investigation.
During cross-examination, the defence asked if the gun residue tests done on Jasmine were correct and if the JPD results were correct.
The defence also asked JPD why they didn’t look for Jasmine’s fingerprints on the gun. Schiller testified that there was no gun residue on Jasmine and that the revolver wasn’t checked for her fingerprints. If found guilty, Jessey could spend 45–65 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
This is one of several killings in Southern Indiana this year that police think were caused by domestic violence. Lorin Yelle and Brandee Douglass were both shot and killed on April 4 at a Circle K gas station in New Albany. In both cases, Cherok Douglass, who is married to Douglass, is charged with murder. The new date for that trial is March 13, 2023.
In Sellersburg, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennett Lewis was shot and killed in Sellersburg on April 1. Mac Lewis, her husband, has been charged with killing her. On January 17, 2023, he will go to court.