Defense Rests Its Case In Thompson Trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Defense Rests Its Case In Thompson Trial

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Karl Thompson himself was the last man off the stand as the defense rested its case in the trial of Karl Thompson Friday morning in Yakima. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Durkin continued to point out his belief that Thompson's testimony on the Otto Zehm incident does not match the security footage.

The first of two rebuttal witnesses also took the stand Friday morning. Joe Callanan, a law enforcement consultant, testified for more than an hour. The prosecution has one more rebuttal it plans to call to the stand, but that witness won't be available until Monday due to a death in the family.

Closing arguments cannot take place until the prosecution finishes rebuttal witnesses and the defense has the chance to counter the prosecution's rebuttal witnesses what are called sur-rebuttal witnesses. Defense Attorney Carl Oreskovich said late in the day Friday that he has "several" sur rebuttal witnesses he plans to call.

Once that is complete closing arguments can be made.

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