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Jensen Trial Day 9 – Jail House Snitch and Julie’s Lover

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Aaron Dillard, Multiple Felon, Conman, and Jailhouse Snitch
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Mark Jensen is being re-tried in the anti-freeze poisoning death of his wife Julie. Today was the 9th day of his trial and wraps up week two. Today was an important day for the prosecution.

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Meredith Perez, Jensen Co-Worker
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Meredith Perez, a former co-worker of Mark Jensen took the stand today. She was called out of order because she was only available today. She testified that she never saw any pornographic letters sent to Mark or received any harassing phone call as Mark had asserted at one point.

Stacey Bauer Co-Worker of Mark Jensen
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Stacey Bauer, a former co-worker of Mark Jensen testified, as many have, they they were told by Ed Klub that Mark Jensen talked about killing his wife. When she heard of Julie’s death, she said “He killer her!”

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Defense Attorney Bridget Krause Forensic Toxicologist Joseph Crifasi
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Forensic Toxicologist Joseph Crifasi took the stand to tell the jury that he found ethylene glycol in Julie Jensen’s by using a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer.

Alison Kavanaugh, American Family Insurance
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Alison Kavanaugh, an employee of American Family Insurance, life division took the stand. She testified that Julie Jensen took out two life insurance policies on herself, both for $50,000. She purchased these in 1992 and 1995. Mark was the primary beneficiary for both and Mark also had life insurance. Mark didn’t initiate the notification of death, the company did.

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Witness Stand
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Perry Tarica, Former Lover of the Married Julie Jensen Outside the Courthouse After His Testimony Friday
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson Kenosha County Eye)

Julie’s lover, Perry Tarica took the stand today. He asked Special Prosecutor Bob Jambois not to be on TV. Jambois asked the judge, who has sole authority to grant permission for photography and audio. He permitted audio, but disallowed photos and video of Tarica.

Tarica testified that he met Julie at Dean Witter Reynolds, where the two worked together. The two became very close and one day Julie asked Tarica to come over to her home with her son David, who was about one year old. Mark Jensen was out of town working. Tarica brought toys for David and they ate dinner. Tarica was going to go home, but Julie asked him to stay. Over the next two days, the two would have sexual intercourse. Julie played a tape recorder of herself for Tarica and thought Mark was recording her. Some time later, when asked who was putting the pornographic photos around the house Julie told Tarica “It was Mark! He’s weird and strange. When asked if the two had oral sex, he said he couldn’t remember and then said “No. I don’t like [receiving] oral sex.” Julie broke off the sexual affair shortly after this weekend. Eventually she told Tarica that she didn’t want any contact with him. He sent her a letter and a Christmas card. He was then called by a Pleasant Prairie Police officer who was upset that he sent the card because at first Tarica lied to the Sergeant. The Sergeant then mailed a harassment citation to Tarica. He never paid it and there was a warrant put out for his arrest. Bob Jambois, the Special Prosecutor at the time canceled the ticket and warrant for Tarica. When asked if he ever harassed Julie, he said loudly “Absolutely not! I loved her!”

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Two TV Producers Speak With Julie Jensen’s Former Lover, Perry Tarica Outside The Courthouse
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

After Tarica was dismissed, myself and other journalists went outside to speak with Tarica. Two television producers spoke with Tarica at length. Photographer Nathan DeBruin and I took a few photos of Tarica. He then told me to stop taking his photo. I then explained that he was in public so there was nothing wrong with what I was doing, but I did stop taking photos. As he passed me, he shouted obscenities at me. He then challenged me to a fight, which I politely declined.

Jason Ruff, Wisconsin Department of Justice Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Digital Forensic Analyst
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Jason Ruff, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Bureau of Criminal Investigation digital forensic analyst took the stand again, and surprisingly, there were more penis photos. Dozens of them.

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Joan Scully Worked with Jensen
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Joan Scully testified in 2007-2008 that she worked with Mark Jensen at Robert Baird. She opened the mail there and did not remember seeing any harassing or pornographic letters or take similar phone calls. Jurors watched this testimony as Scully was unavailable under state statute.

The Late Marion Pacetti, Former Neighbor of the Jensens
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Jurors watched the 2006-2007 testimony of the late Marion Pacetti, a former neighbor of the Jensens. She was in Julie’s book club and said Julie was always a great host. She also saw Julie’s clothes being discarded days after her death. She passed away in 2018 at the age of 94.

Aaron Dillard, Multiple Felon, Conman, and Jailhouse Snitch
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Aaron Dillard has been in and out of jail and prison his entire life. He is a liar, says the prosecution and the defense. He testified that he got out of prison as a reward for testifying in the first trial. He is getting a similar deal for testifying this time as well. He gave his lawyer a detailed letter in 2006 explaining what Mark had allegedly told him when the two were in the same cell block at the Kenosha County Jail. He asked his lawyer if his testifying would help his case.

He alleged that Jensen confessed to putting anti-freeze in Julie’s juice multiple times. He gave her ambien to help her sleep through the symptoms and eventually sat on her back and smothered her in her pillow.

The defense will have a chance to cross-examine Dillard on Monday.

Mark Jensen
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Deputy District Attorney Carli McNeill
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Judge Anthony Milisauskas
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Special Prosecutor Bob Jambois
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Defense Attorney Jeremy Perri
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Defense Attorney Mackenzie Renner
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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  1. The jailhouse snitch should be very concerned that Jambois will renege on the deal that he cut for the testimony. Jambois has a history of doing that.

  2. The jailhouse snitch should be concerned about Jambois reneging on the deal that was cut for the testimony. Jambois has a history of doing that.

  3. Why was to oral sex question necessary to Julie’s former lover? What were they trying to imply here? I feel badly for him. Jensen is a creep and guilty. Who throws their wive’s clothing out practically the next day after her death? I remember that testimony and when I heard it, I knew he was guilty. When you love someone, their distinct smell lingers in their clothing and you keep it as long as you can to remember what it was like to have them near. Jensen is a snake.

  4. Went to high school with this guy, this guy couldn’t tell the truth for anything.
    can’t believe that they would even go this low, Aaron Dillard ????? way to make the da office look even , worse Well Jambois hopefully this one can be a carrier end for you .

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