Police photo of the scene in the basement where Jamie Carroll's body was found buried.
Police photo of the plastic container Jamie Carroll's body was buried in.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Defense attorneys fired questions at the lead detective in day two of the trial of Joseph Banis, the man charged with killing one of his boyfriends and burying him in the basement.
Lead detective Jon Lesher was questioned about everything from his experience at the time Jamie Carroll's body was found in June 2010 to the access he gave to a film crew from the television show, The First 48, during the investigation.
Lesher was brought into this case after Banis was arrested during a domestic dispute between him and his other boyfriend and co-defendant, Jeffrey Mundt. Banis told the arresting officers he wanted to talk to someone in homicide about a body.
On the stand, Lesher admitted he didn't believe Banis' story at first, but once Banis started giving more specifics about the crime he thought he might be telling the truth.
Things got intense during the questioning Wednesday when defense attorney Darren Wolff asked Lesher about whether or not he thought Mundt was telling the truth during his police interview in June 2010.
"You don't know though, detective, whether or not Mr. Mundt was telling you the truth or not. As you sit in that chair there, you don't know if he was telling you the truth?" asked Wolff.
"Sure I do," replied Lesher. After a moment of silence, Lesher continued, "Can I finish because you're trying to put words in my mouth and I don't know where you're going with this."
Banis' attorney is trying to prove to the jury that it was Jeffrey Mundt who killed Carroll, not Banis. He questioned Lesher about Banis' help in their investigation including drawing a map that led them to the body in the basement of the Old Louisville home where Mundt and Banis' lived.
Mundt is expected to testify against Banis, but is expected to have his own trial in May.
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