Willis defense attorney Brian Hosticka argued the charges were completely unrelated to each other. “This is just a classic case of trying to show other acts evidence in order to destroy someone’s character to show there’s a propensity for this person to act in a certain way,” Hosticka said. “It’s the same reason that the prosecution and law enforcement have been trying this case in the court of public opinion: It’s because individually, each of these cases are weak.” Kostrzewa weighed several legal theories in lengthy verbal opinion. Among his findings was that there did seem to be a “true plan” or a common elements to many of the other crimes. “They’re all involving females,” he said. “They’re all in Muskegon County.” interview skills courseAll appear to be abductions or attempted abductions, taking place during weekends when the women were alone. “There are in my mind, significant similarities in these, and a weaving of facts,” he said. http://carterevansworld.pdxrwa.org/2016/09/29/a-background-in-indispensable-issues-for-interviewJeffrey Willis motion to limit evidence at Jessica Heeringa prelim One of the common threads was that of a gun that Willis allegedly stole from a co-worker. According to legal documents filed by the prosecution, which Kostrewa read, the gun was found under the seat of a silver van Willis owned. Shells and casings at the scene of the Bletsch murder were allegedly tied to the gun, and part of a laser sight and batteries at found the scene of Heeringa’s disappearance also fit one that the gun would have been originally sold with. The Rebekah Bletsch trial was recently postponed but remains set in Muskegon County’s 14th Circuit Court before Judge William C.
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