MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile police officer testified Monday, May 13 that he found the body of Zoa White in her home with blood on her face.
Patrol Officer Mike Bailey was one of three prosecution witnesses in the capital murder trial of Carlos Kennedy.
Kennedy is accused in the beating death of White in her home in June of 2010. If convicted, Kennedy could face the death penalty.
Bailey testified that he found White lying on her back, her nightgown pulled over her breasts, and blood on her face. Jurors were also shown a graphic photo.
Bailey was the last prosecution witness of the day.
VICTIM'S GRANDSON TESTIFIES
First, Landon Miller testified that he went to White's home the morning she was found dead to check on her. He said she was late for a visit.
He testified that when he arrived, he couldn't find her, but saw broken glass. He said that's when he called his mother, Laurie Miller.
MOTHER CALLS 911
Miller then testified she called 911 after getting a call from her son. She testified she went to White's home, and arrived at the same time as a police officer.
Miller testified the officer asked her to stay outside, but she went inside anyway.
In opening arguments, Prosecutor Jo Beth Murphree said a police officer found White's partially clothed body and two months later, police matched a fingerprint to Kennedy.
Murphree also testified that Kennedy changed his story after detective confronted him with fingerprint in victim's house.
CLOSED DOOR HEARING
Before the trial began, Judge Joseph Johnston brought in Judge Ben Brooks for a hearing so he would be neutral in the case.
Judge Brooks held a closed door hearing with the defense. He said the purpose of the hearing was to put defense choices on record in case there is an appeal.
JURY SELECTION PROBLEMS
An eight woman, seven man jury was selected, but not before two prospective jurors were late. One was sentenced to 48 hours in jail for contempt of court.
It took more than a week to pick a jury after a 100 potential jurors were interviewed last week.
Testimony continues Tuesday morning at 9:15.
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