Defense Witness: 'Zehm Was Resistant And Aggressive'
SPOKANE, Wash. - As court was set to adjourn on Tuesday, Defense
Attorney Carl Oreskovich said he is hopeful it can rests its case by Thursday,
meaning jury deliberations may begin as early as Friday or Monday of next week
depending on closing arguments.
The defense called
several witnesses to the stand Tuesday that back-up Officer Karl Thompson's
claims that he did not hit Otto Zehm in the head with a baton. Attorneys called
a death investigator, a police officer and a local business owner to the
Doctor Dan Davis said
with medical certainty, there is no evidence Zehm was hit in the head with a
baton. He said Zehm's bruises came from his face rubbing against a flat surface,
like a floor or a shelf.
Officer Steve Braun,
who was the first called about the incident, said from the information he
learned from dispatch on the way to the Zip Trip he was convinced that Zehm may
have potentially used force. That's why he got another officer on the call. That
officer turned out to be Karl Thompson.
Braun actually got to
the scene after Thompson. Braun said before he arrived he heard Officer Thompson
say "Code 6" over the radio which is a call for help. When Braun got there he said
Zehm's arms were in a punching motion, his fists closed, and his legs were
kicking. Throughout his testimony he spoke of how Zehm was extremely resistant
and aggressive. Braun said he ended up hitting Zehm's rib cage with his baton 7
to 8 times and he tasered Zehm under Thompson's instruction. Braun said Zehm was
so resistant he called for more back up after he was on the scene.
This testimony once
again goes against several of the prosecutions witnesses that said Zehm wasn't
aggressive the night he was beaten, hog-tied, and tasered inside the zip trip in
Friday, December 6 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-12-06 19:18:21 GMT
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