Day 4 of Mark Jensen’s re-trial for the anti-freeze death of his wife has finished. Seven witnesses took the stand, including one witness, who took the stand via his 2008 testimony.
Eric Schoor, Mark’s son David’s best friend In 3rd grade was allowed to testify today. He said that David told him that his mother was sick and his dad wouldn’t take him to the hospital. He also said that David mimicked his mother’s breathing which sounded very labored and raspy.
Laura Schoor, mother of Eric Schoor – Mark’s son David’s best friend In 3rd grade, also testified to the sound Julie made while breathing that David told Eric, who told his mother. This hearsay testimony was allowed in under the “excited utterance” doctrine.
Angela Martinelli, former neighbor of the Jensens testified that she was neighbors with the Jensens until 1997, when she moved. She talked about Julie and the book club. It wasn’t clear why she was called as a witness. It is becoming clear why the 2007-2008 trial was the longest in Wisconsin’s history. It appears maybe Special Prosecutor Jambois likes to call as many witnesses as he can as some sort of strategy.
Kimberly Noble (Shaw) testified that Julie was a great person and mother. Her two-year-old daughter was cared for by Julie.
Tadeusz (Ted) Wojt, former Neighbor and Friend To Julie Jensen was deemed to be “unavailable” by the court. It is believed that he suffers from a memory condition. This allows the prosecutors to play previous testimony. Jurors heard Ted talk for over an hour about how Julie confided in him about her troubled marriage. Ted testified he was worried for Julie and her kids, so he offered her over $1,000 and a vacation home for her to use to get away from Mark. She declined. He is the wife of the late Malgorzata (Margaret) Wojt. Ted and his wife were given the “letter” that lead to the reversing of Jensen’s conviction.
Joseph Mangi, most notably remembered for being the superintendent of Schools for Kenosha Unified, testified that he offered Julie Jensen an office job at Bradford High School when he was principal. He called to give her the good news and Mark answered the phone. Mangi testified that Mark said, “She’s going to be asleep for a long time.” and laughed. He said he found it unsettling and disconcerting that Mark laughed.
Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Chambliss, MD took the stand and testified extensively about the autopsy of Julie from 1998. He told the jury that he has performed over 7,000 autopsies and testified in court over 11,000 times. He was a medical examiner in Waukesha at the time, but came to Kenosha County becuase the Kenosha County ME was off of work. He testified about the possible cause of death being anti-freeze, asphyxiation, or a combination of them both. He changed his opinion from 1998 when he seemed to think that this was a suicide. He did not explain why his testimony changed some 14 years later. Autopsy photos, and postmortem photos, extremely graphic in nature, were shown to the jury. A few of the jurors seemed visibly shaken by the images that were left on the screen for several minutes at a time. Dr. Chambiss’ testimony finished right at 5 pm when court was adjourned.