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Thu March 4, 2004
Crime Scene Evidence Topic At Eaton Trial
Casper, WY – Crime scene testimony opened day two of the Casper murder trial of Dale Wayne Eaton. Eaton is charged with the 1988 kidnapping, rape and murder of 18 year old Lisa Marie Kimmel. The prosecution spent much of the morning submitting photographic and blood evidence collected from the alleged murder scene on Government Bridge, about 25 miles southwest of Casper. Retired Natrona County Sheriff's Department Detective Michael Sanford testified to seeing a large, fresh blood pool on the bridge after Kimmel's body was found downstream on the North Platte River. Under cross examination, Defense Attorney Wyatt Skaggs got Sandford to admit his descriptions of fresh blood did not appear in his written report. But later under re-direct, District Attorney Michael Blonigen had Sanford admit the crime scene photos showed no evidence of dust or dirt beling blown onto the pool of blood. Officials expect Eaton's trial to last several weeks, but attorneys admit so far the trial is proceeding rather faster than expected.