Day 10 of Mark Jensen’s re-trial for the 1998 anti-freeze murder of his wife Julie occurred today. Jail house snitch and conman, Aaron Dillard was still on the stand and he was cross-examined. The defense was able to illustrate a man who had manipulated people his whole life the the benefit of him and at the detriment of others. He ruined many lives.
Mark Jensen’s former attorney and the trial lawyer for his first trial, Craig Albee, was in the gallery taking notes for a couple of hours today.
Former Jensen Coworker, Lynley Kapellusch, was called to the stand briefly to testify that she had not seen any pornographic material in the office at Baird nor received any harassing phone calls.
Mark and Julie’s youngest son went to preschool at Kid’s Castle. His teacher, Anne Lynch testified about a conversation she had with Julie. Julie was crying and told Anne that her marriage was over. She said that her son would probably need to go full time to pre-school soon.
Julie’s younger brother, Paul Griffin took the stand for some emotional testimony. He spoke of Julie’s sweet and caring personality. She offered to be a surrogate for Paul and his wife, who had trouble getting pregnant. He said that he was called on the day Julie died and went straight to her house. The police wouldn’t let him in so he went to Mark’s parents’ home nearby. He testified that Mark’s reason for the death was a combination of prescriptions.
Today’s star witness was David Thompson, a career violent criminal. At the time of Jensen’s first trial, he was facing very serious federal charges for armed robbery. He was in jail with Mark and testified that Jensen and him made a deal in which Thompson would “sit on” Edward Klub until the trial was over – either kill Klub or kidnap him. There was audio evidence from jail house phone calls between Mark and his parents that seemed to corroborate this story. There waa also audio from Thompson and his girlfriend that seemed too jibe as well. The defense attacked his credibility, which was easy.
Private investigator David Ellis, a former cop, testified that he was hired by the Jensens to surveil Mark’s vehicle in an attempt to learn who was placing the pornographic photos on his car. He testified that he thought Mark was the perpetrator. He only did 4 hours of surveillance, before the Jensen’s told him he wasn’t needed anymore.
Attorney Gretchen Rosenke, who was Aaron Dillard’s public defender at the time he was in the Kenosha County Jail, testified about the deal that Jambois offered for Dillard to testify against Jensen.
There was a hint in court today that the end of the State’s case is within sight.