Day 13 of Mark Jensen’s retrial for the alleged antifreeze murder of his wife Julie, was completed today.
Dr. Stacey Hail of Dallas, TX is a board certified emergency room physician. There are thousands in this country. She is also a board certified medical toxicologist. There aren’t as many. Only about 300. This specialty gives her the skills and knowledge to treat living patients who have been poisoned. After Dr. Hail graduated from medical school, she had the normal 3-year residency, but also completed a 2-year toxicology fellowship. She also taught as an associate professor and does work for the United States Department of Justice. Special Prosecutor Bob Jambois described her as one of the most qualified experts he had encountered in his long career as a prosecutor. Dr. Hail was on the stand for many hours and gave detailed medical and scientific explanations of how she ruled the manner of death for Julie undetermined, as opposed to homicide, like the other doctors.
On cross examination, Dr. Hail and Jambois sparred back and forth. Jambois approached the witness stand twice, for what he said, to use the large paper-board. But he didn’t write anything down the first two times. “I don’t want to tower over you and make you feel uncomfortable,” said Jambois. “You’re not,” said Dr. Hail. Jambois got very dramatic at times and asked questions that Dr. Hail deemed nonsensical. She didn’t pull any punches. Dr. Hail was able to debunk a lot of what the prosecution’s physicians said, including time and quantity of doses, and suggested it was possible, medically, that Julie committed suicide.
Detective Lieutenant Paul Ratzburg (RET) of Pleasant Prairie Police Department took the stand again ot the direction of the defense. He answered a few questions about Julie’s day planner and the couple’s closets.
Nathaniel Clanton, a federal inmate that was temporarily being held at the Kenosha County jail, testified about Jensen’s behavior behind bars. He said that Mark let everyone read all of the police reports he had – something that the defense introduced to show how Dilard could have known the details.
Joan Wise, who worked for Jensen for a short time, testified in 2008 that Ed Klug was not trustworthy and lied. She also said that he was an attention-seeker.
Lutheran Pastor Marvin Oechler knew the Jensen and Griffin family for many years. He was asked to marry Julie and Mark around the year 1980. He testified at the 2008 trial that Julie’s mom passed out from drunkenness and went into convulsions the night before the wedding. He also testified that he counseled the couple for their marital problems and said Mark didn’t act strange during the funeral.
The defense is expected to wrap up their case as early as Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Mark and Julie’s oldest son, David will take the stand last.
*Editor’s Note. KCE Can confirm that the video of Special Prosecutor Jambois is a parody, and not genuine. He did not serenade the court during a lull in the proceedings.*