LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of a Louisville man charged in the death of his business partner nearly two years ago.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence linked Thomas Kessinger to the murder of 51-year-old Diane Tanselle in April 2010.
Kessinger was arrested in southern Indiana after leading police on a high-speed chase a few days after Tanselle disappeared.
Kessinger is facing murder charges, as well as abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.
An officer with the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department took the stand Tuesday and told his story about how he discovered Tanselle's body days after Kessinger's arrest. It was inside her van, which was mysteriously parked at Lyndon apartment complex where neither Tanselle nor Kessinger lived.
"When the wind stopped, I could smell what I had smelled before which was a decaying body," Officer Bill Lewis said.
The trial resumes Wednesday morning, with more witnesses expected to take the stand.