On Thursday, the state rested their case in the Mickey Patterson trial. Testimony continued throughout the day from Detectives, the chief medical examiner, an FBI agent and cell Phone tracking specialist.
William Teigen, a former special agent for the FBI interviewed Patterson on August 28th, 2006. Teigen testified about details Patterson gave him about the day the women went missing.
Teigen says Patterson claimed he had a sexual relationship with Peggy Merimon. Patterson said Harrelson and Merimon were bisexual and that the three of them were planning to have a sexual encounter together on the day the women went missing.
Patterson told Teigen that Harrelson and Merimon came to his home on August 9th, 2006 and had sexual relations with each other, but that he did not participate. Patterson said the women left his home and were going to see someone by the name of Casey. Patterson said that was the last time he ever saw them.
Teigen said Patterson began to cry while giving his statement, saying, "If I had done what I was supposed to do that day I could have changed history for Kay and Peggy."
Forensic expert Brett Hester testified that he sampled over 50 different items that were collected by investigators from Patterson's home, car, and areas around the body. Of the samples taken, none came back as a match for Patterson or the victims in this case.
A cell phone tracking expert working as a detective for the Lubbock Police Department also testified about Patterson's cell phone records. Patterson received several incoming calls on the morning of August 10th, 2006, a day after the women went missing.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 8:59 AM those calls came through two cell towers located near Shallowater off FM 179. That cell tower is in the direct area where the bodies were found.
The expert said it is possible that Patterson may not have been in the area where the cell tower picked up his call, but that it was unlikely.
The chief medical examiner who examined both Harrelson and Merimon's bodies described extremely graphic photos to the jury. The jury saw the remains of Harrelson as the medical examiner described how he determined the cause of death. Harrelson's cause of death was ruled as a homicidal violence of undetermined ideology and Merimon's was undetermined.
The defense is set to begin their case Friday morning and plans to have a total of three witnesses take the stand. The trial is expected to end on Friday. If Mickey Patterson is convicted he could face up to life in prison.
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