Testimony Continues In Murdered Arlington Pastor Trial
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - There some startling new revelations during the third day of testimony in Steven Lewayne Nelson’s capital murder trial. The 25-year-old is accused of murdering Pastor Clint Dobson and critically injuring his ministry assistant, Judy Elliott, last year.
During testimony at the Tarrant County Courthouse on Wednesday jurors were shown surveillance video of the defendant buying items at Sheikh Shoes, a store inside The Parks Mall in Arlington. Receipts later showed Nelson had used Judy Dobson’s stolen credit card. Investigators testified that when they searched Nelson’s residence they found shoes, clothes and receipts from stores at the mall.
There were also a number of revelations during courtroom testimony.
At one point prosecutors brought Tracey Nixon to the stand — who made a surprising admission.
Defense attorney Steve Gordon asked, “You’ve been in a relationship with Steven?” Nixon responded, “Yes.” Prosecutors then asked, “You are prepared to say that you are a man?” and Nixon said, “Yes.”
“You are dressed here in court as a woman, right?” Gordon asked and Nixon said, “Right.” Nixon went on to testify that she and Nelson partied in Dallas the day after the murder.
“Have you ever seen this shirt?” prosecutors asked, holding up a green-colored shirt with the face of Oscar the Grouch on it.“That’s the shirt he wore the night we went out,” Nixon answered.
Nixon said she has had an off and on relationship with Nelson for two years.
Several Arlington police officers involved in Nelson’s arrest three days after the murder testified the defendant was wearing a unique belt.
“He had on a black belt but it had white squares on it,” Arlington Officer Amy Doyle told the jury. “I remembered it because it was unusual.”
Later the lead investigator on the case, Detective Caleb Blank of the Arlington Police Department, testified pieces of Nelson’s studded belt were found at the crime scene.
“When I saw his belt I saw a full row of just those little white studs [with] four of them missing from the belt,” Blank said. “So, it clearly showed that those pieces came from his belt.”
Blank testified after Nelson’s arrest, police secured a search warrant for Nelsons Arlington apartment.
Blank found shoes, shoe boxes, clothes and receipts from Nelson’s shopping spree at the Park Mall.
“In the downstairs closet I located a pair of Nike black and green Nike air Jordan shoes that appeared to have blood on them,” Blank said.
The extent of Nelson’s defense happened when his attorney’s tried to implicate the defendant’s friend, Anthony Springs, as an accessory to the crime.
Lawyers asked, “Did Anthony Springs have possession of the keys to Miss Elliot’s car?” then asked police to further confirm that Springs also had of Mr. Dobson’s iPhone.
Defense lawyers also got confirmation from police that Springs fingerprints were found on Judy Elliot’s car.
A grand jury did not indict Anthony Springs for the murder of Dobson or attempted murder of Elliott. He is charged with aggravated robbery and remains in jail.
Dobson’s family and friends and members of NorthPointe Church have been at the trial everyday.
Testimony continues Thursday.