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McKINNEY (CBS11) – Tearful testimony and a trip outside the courtroom made for dramatic moments in the Enrique Arochi trial Friday.
Arochi’s grey 2010 Camaro has been the subject of much of the testimony in the Christina Morris kidnapping case. Police brought the car to the courthouse after prosecutors asked the judge to allow jurors to see it in person.
New cameras were only allowed in after the jury left, but the 12 jurors and two alternates spent several minutes silently inspecting damage to the front panel and looking inside the trunk where police found DNA evidence. The judge gave strict instructions not to touch the vehicle or ask any questions, and security was heavy to protect the jury.
Arochi is charged with kidnapping Christina Morris after the two were seen together on surveillance video at Plano’s Shops at Legacy.
Plano Police Officer Kevin Sasso gave detailed testimony of how investigators tracked Arochi’s car in the days after Morris’ disappearance and led extensive searches looking for a dead body in the areas the vehicle traveled.
Jurors also heard emotional testimony from Christina’s stepmother, Anna Morris, who broke down in tears on the witness stand as she described her first phone call to Arochi and the moment she says she knew something was wrong.
The day ended with testimony from the detective who first interviewed Enrique Arochi in the days following Morris’ disappearance. Prosecutors played video recordings of the interviews, and jurors watched as Arochi calmly answered the detectives questions and agreed to let them search his Camaro. But later the jury heard a phone conversation in which Arochi broke down crying telling the detective the stress of the investigation was getting to him.
Prosecutors have told the judge they expect to rest their case sometime Monday, so the judge told Arochi’s attorneys if they intend to put on a defense, be ready.
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